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Smooth Tasks

   wip-2010-11-06  

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Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  20206
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




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Source(smooth-tasks-src-wip-2010-11-06.tar.bz2)
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 Launcher Support? (Finally?)

 
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Is this pending change to libtaskmanager the feature we've all been pestering you about?

http://techbase.kde.org/Schedules/KDE4/4.6_Feature_Plan#kdebase-workspace


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 Launchersupport in ltm is here

 
 by KAnton on: Aug 26 2010
 
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It's the work that needed to be done before he could implement this, yes.

So @panzi:
launchersupport in libtaskmanager is in kde-trunk for a few seconds.
So you finaly are able to implement what everybody wanted :)
If you have questions or wishes regarding the API, simply let me know.

Great work with smooth-tasks, keep it :)


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 Re: Launchersupport in ltm is here

 
 by panzi on: Nov 4 2010
 
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Great! After KDE 4.6 is released and I installed a distribution that supports KDE 4.6 I will look into this! :)


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 Re: Re: Launchersupport in ltm is here

 
 by ZomAur on: Nov 26 2010
 
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4.6 is available on archlinux, through the kde-unstable repo. The feature to pin applications is already there in the beta release. You could install it in a VM and give it a try if you'd like. :)


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 Re: Re: Re: Launchersupport in ltm is here

 
 by panzi on: Nov 26 2010
 
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I really have not much time to invest in smooth tasks right now and I really don't feel like installing a virtual machine. I use this feature once KDE 4.6 is stable and available for Fedora. Yes, this way I lag behind but I don't care. I don't want to work with non-final things. The new Fedora version (14) is enough broken as it is (graphic and sound errors and it didn't boot after I installed it; it's ridiculous how much more broken every release is).


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 Wider tasks

 
 by Ceonus on: Sep 4 2010
 
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Thank you for this great applet! If you mind, I will propose one little enhancement.
Please, allow user to set width of expanded task more than 1000px in next release. It'll be only one small change in Appearance.ui file. This will enable single task to fill entire taskbar.


Sincerely, Yu. Bogomolov
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 Dead project?

 
 by gravy on: Sep 9 2010
 
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Sorry for this question is this project dead or there are some plans for future?
This is great project, I believe that it is the best plasmoid but there is no progress almost for a year (except a few bug fixes).


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 Re: Dead project?

 
 by panzi on: Nov 4 2010
 
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The main two reasons for that are: It's more or less good enough for me and I don't have a lot time to spend on this plasma applet.

However, now that I have finally upgraded to a newer distribution (used Fedora 12 until today) I will commit some small bugfixes. Still have no time for the big animation rewrite I should do. I guess I'll do it if the APIs I use are not just deprecated but removed.


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 Pretty good

 
 by js110185 on: Nov 5 2010
 
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Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed
reading your blog posts. Any way I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon


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 Nice information

 
 by js110185 on: Nov 5 2010
 
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Very wonderful information was able to be obtained. Thank you.


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 Configure smooth tasks?

 
 by bigtoque on: Nov 14 2010
 
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I just finished installing smooth tasks, however I guess I don't really know how to configure it as it looks nothing like the pictures I see all over the net. For me it looks just like a normal taskbar, but I can't add anything to it. It just shows the open programs. It definitely doesn't look like the W7 taskbar.

Is there something else that everyone else is also installing as well?


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