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Window Decoration native KDE 4

Score 75%



Homepage:  Link
Version Control:  Link
Blog:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  24684
Submitted:  Feb 11 2008
Updated:  Jan 9 2013


This is the port of the famous Crystal kwin decoration theme to KDE 4.x.

For 3.x version see:

Main features:
* Uses compositing features of KDE4 for transparency with ability to use the blur plugin
* Supports grouping/tabbing of windows
* Ability to choose the blending colors of buttons as well as title bar and border size
* Right click on minimize button toggles shade mode
* Middle click on minimize button sends window to below
* Double click on program symbol closes window
* Support for button themes. Basic button theme is included, feel free to swamp me with cool themes
* Can show a tooltip for the caption
* Right click on close button can run kdocker, if installed, to minimize the application to the system tray

-- INSTALL ---------------------
Basic Installation (from the console):
- Step 1 (as user)
$ cd build
$ cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr ..
$ make
- Step 3 (as root)
# make install

If you installed crystal while it was running, you would need to restart kwin for the changes to take effect: kwin --replace

Feedback and patches well appreciated. ;-)

Follow me on GitHub!

This version of crystal needs KDE 4.9 or higher!

Have fun,
Sascha Hlusiak


2.2.1 (KDE 4.9):
* Fix tabbing after window shading

2.2.0 (KDE 4.9 only):
* Use API for KDE 4.9

2.1.1 (KDE 4.8):
* Improved compatibility with KDE 4.8
* Fixed possible glitches without compositing in KDE 4.8
* Draws own shadows

* Support of KDE's cool window tabbing / grouping feature!!
* Fix working with kdocker >= 4.5, if installed (right click on close button to run)
* Fix glitch of round corners in compositing mode introduced in 2.0.6. Reduced options of round corners to 1 for code simplification.

* Use Blur effect for transparent borders when kwin-plugin is enabled (needs KDE >= 4.6.0)
* Updated aqua button theme
* New button theme: glass-pill
* Fix some compile warnings

* Use KDecoration again instead of KDecorationUnstable; hopefully fixes compile problems
* Remove some probably unnecessary redrawing

* Built-in logos for various distros
* Some experimental transparency support (requires KDE4 compositing)
* Fix not showing shadow in compositing mode (whiteliste abilities now, not blacklist them; thanks to Zarin for pointing that out)

* Possibility to stretch or scale overlay images
* Fix showing logo on active window only
* Disable caption shadow for inactive windows so it's easier to read
* Work around "hollow" border glitches when using half-maximized states
* Added backported Kubuntu-Hardy button theme (thanks to Kubuntu team)
* Little nicer default settings

* Adding back button images in configuration dialog
* Set tooltip of decoration to caption right from the beginning
* Creating and using embedtool again to create tiles.h

* Scrolling through open windows works again (if option is enabled)
* Link to this page in the info dialog
* Minimizing to systray using kdocker works again

* Initial release of KDE 4.x port

Source(crystal-2.2.1.tar.bz2 (KDE 4.9))
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 kde-style-crystal and kde-window-manager exclusive

 by geoffm on: Sep 20 2013
Score 50%

I installed kde-style-crystal on Linux Mint 15 KDE 4.11, it had to remove kde-window-manager which I didn't notice. A couple of days later my system is unusable (I just hibernate instead of rebooting most of the time...) I messed around a lot before finding out that kde-window-manager was missing. It seems to me it's probably an error in setting the dependencies...

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 User experience

 by Venom1991 on: Feb 3 2014
Score 50%

I was looking for something similar to Aero that Windows has for some time and found this gem. Downloaded it, compiled and installed it as soon as I could. Really quality work done here, thank you and happy birthday!

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 KDE 5

 by woko1754 on: May 2 2015
Score 50%

I'm a fan of this decoration, but since updating Kubuntu to Version 15.04 it's gone and compiling the source didn't work. Do you plan to migrate this to Plasma 5 ?

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 port to plasma 5

 by pieter on: May 19 2015
Score 50%

+ here...
Plasma 5 looks really cool but they can't touch the subtlety and refinement of the crystel window decoration. At all.

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 Port to Plasma 5?

 by ab4bd on: Mar 8 2016
Score 50%

Any chance you will port this to Plasma 5?

I still think it's the best out there, and I miss it.

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