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AppMenu QML

   1.6  

Plasmoid Script

Score 88%
AppMenu QML
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Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  7140
Submitted:  Oct 18 2011
Updated:  Jul 31 2013

Description:

This plasmoid shows a menu of the installed applications, similar to Lancelot but much simpler. The purpose of the simpleness is to have a faster plasmoid which also loads faster. The plasmoid also has a list of favorites and you can search applications by application name. There are "Lock Session", "Leave" and "Switch User" and other similar buttons. Other features:
- the number of visible columns can be changed (between 1 and 4);
- the favorites section can be hidden;
- the favorites list can be locked;
- the size of all visible icons can be changed;
- closing and opening the menu remembers its state (configurable);
- change launcher icon;
- configure which "leave" buttons are shown (or show none at all);
- the favorites list can be reordered using drag-and-drop;
- the menu items can be dragged and dropping them on a panel or on the desktop creates a shortcut there.

The plasmoid can be completely manipulated with the keyboard only except for the buttons at the bottom wich must be clicked with the mouse. The menu can be browsed with the arrow keys and PageUp and PageDown, a favorite can be added with the + or = key and removed with the - key, to search an application by its name, just start typing the name.

This plasmoid is entirely written in QML + JavaScript.

Note: this plasmoid requires KDE 4.8.0 or higher. For correct resizing of the "Leave" buttons, KDE 4.9.0 is required.

Bugs I don't have control over (because of limitations in Qt or Plasma):
- make configuring the plasmoid's icon more elegant by showing the current icon on the button that launches the "Change icon" dialog and by removing the text field holding the icon's name (only possible when KConfigXT finally supports Icon)
- provide a command line to open/close the menu
- maybe add "Recent Documents" section (below Favorites?); there is no Plasma DataEngine for this, so I cannot do it
- allow to modify the ordering of the "leave" buttons (must find a way in
KConfig XT to do this)




Changelog:

version 1.6 (2013-07-31):
- do not show the "Add favorite" and "Remove favorite" buttons in the search menu when the favorites are locked
- the "Add Favorite" and "Remove Favorite" buttons are not visible anymore if the favorites section is hidden
- dragging an application from the menu to the panel or the desktop creates a shortcut there
- the favorites can be reordered using drag-and-drop




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 search failure

 
 by nowardev on: Oct 19 2011
 
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if i search irc i can't get konversation
on the normal launcher it find out it


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 Re: search failure

 
 by glad on: Oct 20 2011
 
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Fixed in 0.5.2.


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 Re: Re: search failure

 
 by nowardev on: Oct 20 2011
 
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btw the search feature, now works but it has a problem , if i search on normal laucher the animation it's smoothinstead on the qml plasmoid it's bit slow


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 Re: Re: Re: search failure

 
 by glad on: Oct 20 2011
 
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The problem is that I don't know how to abort an already running search when a new character is typed and then launch the new search (this is what e.g. Lancelot does). In http://doc.qt.nokia.com/4.7/qml-workerscript.html a threading system in QML is described, but it is so limited that it is useless: calling engine("apps") doesn't work in the WorkerScript.onMessage function and because of the restrictions mentioned in the link it is impossible to pass the dataengine as argument to sendMessage.


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: search failure

 
 by nowardev on: Oct 20 2011
 
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maybe , i dunno ,you could set the plasmoid to search when user press enter ... that could be a nice workaround


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: search failure

 
 by glad on: Oct 21 2011
 
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Thanks for the suggestion! Implemented in 0.5.3.


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 very good plasmoid

 
 by kdekda on: Oct 19 2011
 
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well done!


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 Re: very good plasmoid

 
 by glad on: Oct 24 2011
 
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Thanks!


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 Resizeable?

 
 by NetCutter on: Oct 20 2011
 
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AppMenu is one great plasmoid. The only thing I miss is that I'm not able to resize it.

Is this planned as a new feature in future version?


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 Re: Resizeable?

 
 by glad on: Oct 20 2011
 
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I miss that too! If you know how to make PlasmaCore.Dialog resizable in QML, then I would be very very grateful to you.


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 Content movable with the mouse

 
 by tittiatcoke on: Oct 20 2011
 
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Hi,

This is a great plasmoid and works good. Besides the already indicated "bugs", I also noticed that I can move the content inside the window with the mouse. Is this on purpose ? It could be due to my version of KDE (latest git) and Qt 4.8.

I tried to change the ServiceType to PopupApplet, but this makes the plasmoid not available. So I guess it would require a different approach

Thanks and keep up the good work.

Regards

Raymond


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 Re: Content movable with the mouse

 
 by glad on: Oct 20 2011
 
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Not sure what you mean, but if you mean that you can change the columns just by dragging to the left or the right, then yes, this is on purpose.

The fact that changing the service type to Plasma/PopupApplet doesn't work is a bug, because this feature is described in: http://techbase.kde.org/Development/Tutorials/Plasma/QML/API#Popup_Applet. So you're telling me that the bug still isn't solved in KDE git :-(


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 Re: Re: Content movable with the mouse

 
 by tittiatcoke on: Oct 20 2011
 
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I noticed now, that I used the wrong definition for the PopupApplet. I have changed it now, but will test it later and I will give you an update.

Thanks

Raymond


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 Re: Re: Content movable with the mouse

 
 by tittiatcoke on: Oct 20 2011
 
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I have changed successfully the desktop file to have also the PopupApplet part in there. This works, but the plasmoid still behaves the same way.

I checked out the code and found in the main.qml script the line : "this file must be replaced by MenuWidget.qml when setting this as a Plasma/PopupApplet in metadata.desktop finally works". Does this mean that I have to copy MenuWidget.qml to main.qml now ?

Thanks


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 Re: Re: Re: Content movable with the mouse

 
 by tittiatcoke on: Oct 20 2011
 
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I tried a couple of things, but it seems that the PopupApplet functionality for QML is still broken in KDE 4.8git. I will try to follow up with the KDE developers.

Thanks


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 Lovely!

 
 by shepherd on: Oct 21 2011
 
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I have been waiting for something like this since the release of KDE 4.

I don't know what bugs have been noticed, and I don't have time to read all the comments so I'll just post my thoughts, and bugs!

bug 1) if you scroll too fast upwards or downwards the menu flys away! It comes back, but it is annoying for people like me that have a smooth scrolling wheel instead of a bumpy one ( it scrolls much more! )

bug 2) If you open the menu, and click elsewhere, the menu doesn't close. But it is hidden by windows. It leads to the user thinking the menu is closed and clicking the button again, but that actually closes the menu that was open behind the windows! so we must click again to open it ( Am I lazy or what? can't click twice :D ) I think it is pretty standard that it closes when clicking anything other than the menu though.

bug 3) Focus isn't placed into the text typing field in the plasmoid, it stays whereever it was before opening the menu

Notice 1) an option to search automatically would be nice.

notice 2) resize would be nice ( saw this one previously mentioned )

notice 3) I like dragging the menus! this is one sexy plasmoid :) and I am on kde 4.7.2 with Fedora 15.


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 Re: Lovely!

 
 by shepherd on: Oct 21 2011
 
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I also can't seem to enter a dash / hypen into the search field at all. For example, google-chrome.


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 Re: Re: Lovely!

 
 by glad on: Oct 24 2011
 
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Implemented, but the dash cannot be the first character because minus (dash) is used to remove an item from the favorites list.


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 Re: Lovely!

 
 by glad on: Oct 24 2011
 
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bug 1) solved in 0.5.4 (you have to set the option in the configuration dialog)
bug 2) this is a known bug caused by the fact that setting the ServiceType of the plasmoid to Plasma/PopupApplet doesn't work in KDE 4.7.x and therefore I have to use a buggy workaround. According to user tittiatcoke Plasma/PopupApplet works in the git version of KDE, so the bug will be solved in KDE 4.8.x (if it doesn't break again meanwhile).
bug 3) I don't know the solution to this one. I am unable to set the focus to the plasmoid (this bug seems to remain in the git version of KDE using Plasma/PopupApplet) and within the plasmoid I am unable to set the focus to the search field because setting the focus of a PlasmaWidgets.LineEdit is not implemented by KDE.
notice 1) implemented (but it is slow because of another limitation of Plasma QML)
notice 2) will be solved in KDE 4.8.x with the advent of a working Plasma/PopupApplet
notice 3) thanks!


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 icon size? etc.

 
 by janet on: Oct 23 2011
 
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How can I make the icons bigger? Like at least 32x32 or even better 48x48 or 64x64?

The menu also is very small. But the wish to resize it has been mentioned before.

Is it intended that it does not sit completely above the panel? The three bottom buttons are a little covered by the panel.

And it shows a lot of actions/applications that are hidden in the default menu. This either should be configurable or it should follow the settings for the k-menu.

And how can I sort the favorites?

But I like it and can't wait to see it getting better and better :)


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 Re: icon size? etc.

 
 by glad on: Oct 24 2011
 
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Changing the icon size will be implemented in a future version.

As mentioned before, I do not know a way to resize a PlasmaCore.Dialog, so any hints or patches are welcome. I don't know either if a Plasma/PopupApplet (which will be used in KDE 4.8.x instead) is resizable (any hints or patches for that are welcome as well).

On my computer the three buttons are not covered by the panel. I added a little margin, I hope it is enough to solve your problem.

Where is it specified that those items should be hidden? Does the "apps" dataengine know about this setting. If not, then we have again another limitation of Plasma which reduces the usability of this plasmoid (see TODO list above to see the other limitations).

You remove the wrongly ordered items (from the bottom up) and then add them again in the correct order. Sorry. I will add up and down buttons in a future version (I am not sure that ListView supports reordering by dragging, and currently dragging the menus scrolls those menus and I don't want a different behavior only in the Favorites list).

Thank you for liking this plasmoid despite its limitations caused mostly by limitations in Plasma.


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 Re: Re: icon size? etc.

 
 by glad on: Oct 24 2011
 
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For clarity, the last but one paragraph is an answer to "How can I sort the favorites?"


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 Re: Re: icon size? etc.

 
 by janet on: Mar 31 2012
 
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> Where is it specified that those items should be hidden?

Is it NoDisplay=true in the application's desktop-file?


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 Re: Re: Re: icon size? etc.

 
 by glad on: Apr 2 2012
 
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Added support for this in version 0.7.5.


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