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Smooth Tasks

   wip-2010-11-06  

Plasmoid Binary

Score 94%
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Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  20094
Submitted:  Mar 24 2009
Updated:  Nov 6 2010

Description:

This is a fork of mbaszczewskis STasks plasmoid. For the original STasks code go there:
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/STasks?content=99739

This taskbar replacement has window peeking similar to Windows 7 when you use the kwin 'highlight window' effect. Even if this effect is not used you can click the tooltip in order to activate the corresponding window.

About Launcher Support, Grouping and Sorting:
A feature often requested in the comments is support for launchers and a more comprehensive context menu. Because the information about which task items there are, their grouping, sorting and state (minimized, demands attention, is active, ...) and even their context menu is all provided by libtaskmanager, such feature requests should be directed to kdelibs. I wrote a wishlist entry in the kde bugtracker for these features: https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=207902 If you want this feature vote for this wish.

Update:
Launcher support exists in KDE 4.6. I will incorporate this feature once KDE 4.6 is available in Fedora (and I have time).


Update 2:
I pulled all changes made by flupp and jimi312, which amongst other things add launcher support. You can download the most recent source directly from the mercurial repository:
https://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/get/tip.tar.bz2

However, because I experienced some bugs with the launcher support (sometimes they are shown when the associated app is running and sometimes they are not shown when the associated app is not running) I did not make a new release yet. If I can find the bugs in a few hours tomorrow (2nd Apr 2011) or flupp/jimi312 fix them I will make a new release. I don't know how much time I have to work on Smooth Tasks. :/

Update 3:
The mentioned bugs concerning launchers seem also to be present with KDE's original taskbar, so I think the bug lies in libtaskmanager and not in Smooth Tasks.

Bugreports and Wishes:
http://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/issues/

Packages:
Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora have official packages.

Fedora:
sudo yum install kde-plasma-smooth-tasks

And to get meaningful backtraces:
sudo debuginfo-install kde-plasma-smooth-tasks

Note: I didn't check the validity of any of these packages!

Poll: Which Layout should stay?
I have created a poll about which of the various layouts supported by Smooth Tasks should be kept and which I can drop:
http://twtpoll.com/dm5m96

Please participate in this poll so I know whether I have to bother with supporting all of the currently provided layouts. In case you do not use multiple rows please choose the first option. In this case most layouts should look the same anyway.




Changelog:

wip 2010-11-06:
FIX: drop whole groups onto pager (removed workaround for KDE < 4.5 which could not handle groups at all)
FIX: when dragging a task only a tiny bit it's position was not reset
Maybe FIX: a very rare tooltip positioning bug (I have o wait if it reoccurs)

wip 2010-11-05 update 1:
FIX: fixed unwanted highlight behaviour change which reintroduces flickering :(

wip 2010-11-05:
FIX: tooltip appearance and background blur under KDE 4.5 (someone once sent me a patch for this but I cant find this message any more so I figured it out myself by looking at KDE sources)
FIX: less flickering for the kwin highlight effect

wip 2010-02-27:
FIX: less flickering for the window preview effect because I removed the kwin highlight effect bug workaround (that bug was obviously fixed in kde 4.4)
FIX: crash when right-click on startup item, thanks to anonymous

wip 2010-02-13 update 2:
FIX: hopefully fixed bug concerning missing taskbar entries

For the full list of changes see:
http://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/src/tip/ChangeLog




LicenseGPL
Source(smooth-tasks-src-wip-2010-11-06.tar.bz2)
Source(smooth-tasks-KDE-4.3-src-wip-2010-02-12.tar.bz2)
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 Strange text orientation...

 
 by Izo on: Nov 9 2009
 
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Have a look here:

[img]http://www.divshare.com/img/thumb/9269100-324.png[/img]

That's Smooth Tasks on the left and the normal Task Manager on the right.

Notice how Smooth Tasks pushes the text quite low and truncates the text? Is this some sort of padding issue?

Using Kubuntu Karmic, KDE4.3.3, most recent version of Smooth Tasks.

/izo\


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 Re: Strange text orientation...

 
 by panzi on: Nov 11 2009
 
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Yeah, that's really low. If someone finds out what causes this (i.e. would like to debug my code :P): please tell!

I measured it on my system and here it is only one pixel to low (and the original tasks applet is one pixel to high, so two pixel difference). But I don't know where I make an error in the calculation of the position. For me my code looks right. I don't have time for lengthy debugging because of university homework etc.


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 ALSO!

 
 by Izo on: Nov 9 2009
 
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Is it possible for there to be an option to have no task icon at all, if you just want text?

Like this: http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/Iconless+Tasks+%2B+Justify?content=104827

/izo\


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 Re: ALSO!

 
 by qwertz-1 on: Nov 9 2009
 
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Try to change the icon size to some small number (10%), 0% doesn't work.


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 Re: Re: ALSO!

 
 by Izo on: Nov 9 2009
 
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It doesn't go lower than 75%.

/izo\


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 Re: Re: Re: ALSO!

 
 by qwertz-1 on: Nov 10 2009
 
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10% works too


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: ALSO!

 
 by Izo on: Nov 11 2009
 
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So it does! Thanks for that!

/izo\


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 Re: ALSO!

 
 by panzi on: Nov 11 2009
 
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IMHO no icon is very low usability but I'm not strictly against it. Therefore this feature has VERY low priority and will only be implemented if I have a lot of free time and I'm VERY bored. :P


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 Re: Re: ALSO!

 
 by Izo on: Nov 11 2009
 
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Fair enough, it's mostly because I love minimalism. (^_^)

/izo\


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 How could I translate this?

 
 by mreloads on: Nov 12 2009
 
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I can't find .pot file in sources, only .po files containing translations in other languages than mine with no english version available. So how could I write translation for this plasmoid?


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 Re: How could I translate this?

 
 by panzi on: Nov 12 2009
 
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cd into the po directory and run ./Messages.sh to generate the .pot file. I have never done proper i18n before so I don't know if that's the correct workflow. Is the .pot usually checked-in in the version control system?

(I uploaded the current version of the pot here:
https://web.student.tuwien.ac.at/~e0427417/downloads/smooth-tasks.pot)


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 Re: Re: How could I translate this?

 
 by mreloads on: Nov 13 2009
 
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Never saw .pot file included in projects, that's why asked how to translate it. ./Messages.sh generated the same file you linked to. Will translate it as soon as possible and send back for inclusion in future releases.


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 ru + patch

 
 by xep on: Nov 15 2009
 
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http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=113665
- ru translation update
- fix task title vertical aligning


/me uses smoothtask as default task manager applet
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 Re: ru + patch

 
 by panzi on: Nov 16 2009
 
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Thanks. :)


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 Suggestion for window grouping

 
 by rerx on: Nov 15 2009
 
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Hi, I really love Smooth Tasks. Since I've discovered it, I've always been using it. Especially on a vertical panel it is a hell of a lot more usable than the default task switcher!

I also find myself using task grouping now, which I never appreciated before. It would be more or less perfect, if you could add one little option: To only join windows to a group if they are open on the same virtual desktop.

I like to keep expanded only the tasks from the current desktop and this way I could distinguish e.g. the browser windows on the current desktop from the others.


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 Re: Suggestion for window grouping

 
 by panzi on: Nov 16 2009
 
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Grouping is handeled by libtaskmanager. This feature request should go there (bugs.kde.org).


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 Re: Re: Suggestion for window grouping

 
 by rerx on: Nov 16 2009
 
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Thanks, I didn't realize you used the same grouping handling like the regular task bar.

I filed a feature request. https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=214846


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 suggestions

 
 by Refused on: Nov 15 2009
 
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I think if a window is reduced, the "peek" functionality should be deactivated for that window.
Another thing, it should be possible to set a color to the active task. (I've seen this on win7)


I'd rather be dead, than alive by your oppression
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