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Smooth Tasks

   wip-2010-11-06  

Plasmoid Binary

Score 94%
Smooth Tasks
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Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  20093
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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 KDE 4.5 RC1

 
 by jmdsdf on: Jun 30 2010
 
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Does anyone else notice high CPU use (on my system ~10%) with kwin, xorg or plasma-desktop when using this plasmoid on KDE 4.4.90? I noticed that the paint plugin shows Smooth Tasks is constantly redrawing the icons.


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 Re: KDE 4.5 RC1

 
 by Schiwi on: Jul 4 2010
 
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No, but plasma-desktop chrashed when i click on smooth task with the middle mousebutton


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 Re: Re: KDE 4.5 RC1

 
 by Schiwi on: Jul 4 2010
 
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Ok, a new make from source fix it... ^^


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 Re: Re: Re: KDE 4.5 RC1

 
 by Naraku on: Aug 3 2010
 
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But there are still problems with 4.5 Beta. The actice window always has the look of an inactive one.

Keep Expanded: From the current desktop

Does not work, even the windows of the current desktop are often not expanded.


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 start buttons

 
 by grampe on: Jun 30 2010
 
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can I add start button for application (google chrome etc.) ?
and I want that it will use the same icon like dockbarX in gnome


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 Suggestion:

 
 by onguarde on: Jul 14 2010
 
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Disable window title popup for applications with only one window.

Currently, even though there is only one window for the application entry, a popup still appears indicating the name of that one window.

While this might be useful if window thumbnails are enabled, it is counter productive and highly distracting otherwise.

Additionally, there should be an option allow one to choose if the "animation duration" applies even after first contact.

Eg, Currently, i set the "animation duration" as 600ms so that those stuff won't keep popping up to distract me as I am merely hovering across tab entries to pick a window. However, if I slow down too much and accidentally activate it for one application, the "animation delay" for subsequent ones is effectively reduced to zero!

Thanks for listening


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 A third suggestion

 
 by onguarde on: Jul 14 2010
 
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Sorry forgot to add something.

As you know, one can close the windows by hovering the mouse over the popup thumbnail menu & middle clicking it.

A neat feature is that the thumbnail menu then refreshes/updates minus that one window that you just killed. Allowing you to continue killing.

However, this doesn't seem to work if the kicker bar is set to autohide; the bar immediately hides itself along with the thumbnail menu.

Thanks again for listening!


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 Blur

 
 by Pl4cek68 on: Aug 10 2010
 
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Any plans on implementing blur into smoothtasks? Would be great, thanks!


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 Re: Blur

 
 by panzi on: Aug 11 2010
 
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Someone already sent me a patch for that. I wrote back that I merge it if it doesn't break 4.4 compatibility or when I finally switch to 4.5 (that happens when it comes available in Fedora). I haven't heard from the patch writer since. Hope no mail went into junk. :/


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 Re: Re: Blur

 
 by ademmer1977 on: Aug 11 2010
 
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It was my who sent you the patch! :) I understood you reply this way, that you would merge it as soon as you switch to KDE 4.5.

AFAIK it does not break backwards compatibility.

But there is still a major glitch with smooth-tasks and resizing panels: I have my panel set to minimum width and growing, centered on the bottom center of the screen. Now smooth-tasks fails to determine the correct width and the panel is cropped on the right side. It is fixed after opening and closing some apps. If this could be fixed, it would be awesome!


I am not out to destroy Microsoft. That will be just an completely unintentional sideeffect. (Linus Torvalds)
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 feature request

 
 by OdinEidolon on: Aug 20 2010
 
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Hi, I think it would look good if it was possible to show the icons not in the left side (if panel is horizontal) or top side (vertical), but on the other side or in the middle of the panel. Would look awesome, imho. Thanks in advance.


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