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Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 3.x
Downloads:  15828
Submitted:  Apr 20 2005
Updated:  Mar 21 2006


You can check out the SuperKaramba web site at:


Here is the FAQ:


And for you developers out there, here's the API:


What is SuperKaramba?

SuperKaramba is, in simple terms, a tool that allows you to easily create interactive eye-candy on your KDE desktop. Currently, only linux is officially supported.

How does it work?

Theme writers create themes, or text files that define their widget. Then, they can optionally add python scripting to make their widget interactive. The possibilities are endless!

Here are just some examples of the things that can be done:

Display system information such as CPU Usage, MP3 playing, etc.

Create cool custom toolbars that work any way imaginable

Create little games or virtual pets that live on your desktop

Display information from the internet, such as weather and headlines

The possibilities really are endless!

Any questions, you can ask in our forum:

Or drop by IRC anytime:

irc.freenode.net #superkaramba

Thank you for your continued support while things are in transition.


Changes in 0.39:

- Themes now go to the background correctly when opening multiple themes at the same time
- itemDropped() callback now has x/y cooridinates
- Fixed the New Stuff dialog's installed status check marks for failed downloads
- Don't pop up the Theme Dialog when restoring a session and there aren't any themes saved in the session
- Local themes can now be removed from the theme dialog, although we don't delete the theme out from underneath the user. It is delisted so that they can change their mind later and run it again.
- Downloaded themes from New Stuff get moved to trash:/ when a user clicks uninstall so they can restore it if they wish.
- Better checks for libknewstuff when compiling.
- Using New Stuff where theme authors post url links instead of file downloads will now open in a browser window for the user. Beware that closing this without downloading a package will still leave it as installed as far as New Stuff is concerned. (shortcoming of KNewStuff)
- new format options for things like kilobits, kilobytes and gigabytes as listed on our sensor information page: http://netdragon.sourceforge.net/ssensors.html
- Many new functions added and the examples of how to use them:
callTheme - Pass a string to another theme
changeInterval - Change the refresh interval of the theme
createServiceClickArea - Create a Service-named Click Area Sensor
getIncomingData - Get incoming data passed from another theme
getPrettyThemeName - Get the pretty name of the theme
getServiceGroups - Get KDE Service Groups
getSystraySize - Get the size of the Systray
getUpdateTime - Get last updated time
managementPopup - Activates the Management Popup menu (i.e. SK right click config menu)
openNamedTheme - Open a new theme giving it a new name
removeClickArea - Remove a Click Area Sensor
run - Execute a command with KRun
setIncomingData - Set incoming data passed in another theme
setUpdateTime - Set last updated time
setWantRightButton - Set to 1 to deactivate management popups (i.e. SK right click config menu)
setWidgetOnTop - changes 'on top' status

Note: API documentation will be updated in the coming weekend, but there are examples of how to use the new functions in the download package.

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 local copies?

 by liquidat on: Oct 18 2005
Score 50%

When I download a theme for example because it was not updated for a longer time and so does not appear at get hot new stuff, I normally download it to a tmp directory.
If I then call superkaramba to go to this directory, and load this theme, superkaramba should make a copy for itself in its ~/.kde/share/apps/superkaramba/themes !

I would expect this as a normal user so that I can delete this file later. And a normal user is not able to copy it to this special directory by himself...

Please add this in future releases.


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 some pb

 by kaamk on: Dec 9 2005
Score 50%

"./configure" ends with that:
'checking for X... configure: error: Can't find X includes. Please check your installation and add the correct paths!'

any solution?

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 python matter

 by rokkford on: Jan 24 2006
Score 50%

having python2.3 & python2.4 installed, how do i compile sk against python2.4?

¡hasta la victoria siempre!
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 Re: python matter

 by sgrayban on: Jan 24 2006
Score 50%

Look at ./configure --help

Scott Grayban

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 problems libXext

 by santi on: Mar 21 2006
Score 50%

running ./configure ends with:

checking for libXext... no
configure: error: We need a working libXext to proceed. Since configure
can't find it itself, we stop here assuming that make wouldn't find
them either.

i've checked if such library is installed:

locate libxext

please could you tell me how to solve that?
many thanks,

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 Re: problems libXext

 by p0z3r on: Mar 21 2006
Score 50%

You may want to view the config.log to see why it failed. The configure script is from the standard kde modules so there shouldn't be anything out of the ordinary.
My superkaramba is linked against /usr/X11R6/lib/libXext.so.6
which is symlinked to /usr/X11R6/lib/libXext.so.6.4.


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 input shapes?

 by linmain on: Mar 21 2006
Score 50%

how about adding input shapes to superkaramba? XShape extension 1.1 has such a feature where you can specify a area within which mouse clicks will fall through to the windows behind it, with the foregroundwindow being still visible, unlike "really" shapes. that would help alot later if you plan to support real transperancy because the user could click thought a theme on a icon of the desktop, or on a other theme overlapping it or something else... see cairo-clock for an example of input shapes...

all in all, great app! keep going on!

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 Debian package

 by dieselmusa on: Mar 21 2006
Score 50%

Here is a Kubuntu/Ubuntu/Debian package I've made of 0.39:

Feel free to share :)

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