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KDE Improvement

Score 77%



Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 3.2.x
Downloads:  188338
Submitted:  Jun 11 2003
Updated:  Apr 19 2007


KSmoothDock is a cool desktop panel (like KDE's kicker) for KDE 3.2 and above with smooth zooming (2 modes: normal and parabolic). Its aim is to provide a cool alternative/complement to kicker. As it is intended for KDE/Linux, its behaviour will be like that of kicker.
- Programming language: C++
- Libraries used: KDE 3.2 (or above)

Hope it will be useful for you!


It seems that automake-1.9 is not backward compatible with automake-1.7, so please upgrade to automake-1.9 before you compile KSmoothDock. To check the version of automake on your system, run:
automake --version

TO INSTALL: Unzip, cd to the directory ksmoothdock then run:
make install

Then run:

(if when you run "ksmoothdock", nothing happens, then it is likely that your KDE dir is not standard. In this case, either:
- cd to the directory ksmoothdock/src, then run "./ksmoothdock", or
- Re-do the above sequence (./configure ...), but instead of "./configure", type:
./configure --prefix=/YOUR_KDE_DIR

IF YOU BUILD ANY BINARY PACKAGE: please send it to me, thanks.


SCREENSHOTS: normal zoom mode and parabolic zoom mode (#1), config dialog (#2), quick launchers editor (#3)

Short FAQ:
1. System tray? I will implement this feature very soon.

2. Drag-and-drop? I will implement this very soon.

3. Real transparency? I will implement this when the technology (XGl or any other) becomes more mature, stable and widely used. At the moment, it is not so yet.

DANG Viet D(z)ung


New features:
- New command line options:
--resetConfig reset configuration data
--resetLaunchers reset quick launchers data

Bug fixes:
- Fixed some display bugs (on both normal and parabolic zoom modes) in v4.4.

- Parabolic zoom mode now works correctly under latest KDE releases.

New features:
- The "auto-hiding" feature has been re-implemented
- Added right-click popup menu for pager, taskbar (re-added) and clock
- Dock Position Conflict Dialog: added an option not to show it again

Other changes:
- The range of icon sizes have been increased
- Desktop icon area is now adjusted correctly
- Some other minor fixes.


New features:
- The Parabolic Zoom mode has been considerably improved.
- A task that demands attention now has better blinking notification.

Bug fix:
- The dock now does not steal mouse/keyboard focus when being zoomed in
- Fixed other minor bugs.

Other changes:
- The popup menu of a task button has been removed, because while it is of little use, it has problems with the parabolic zoom's animation.


New feature:
- Blink a task's icon when it demands attention

Some minor optimisations

Fixed the following bug:
- Option "Show windows from all desktops": "off" does not function properly


New feature:
- Add a separator between the launchers and the taskbar when the pager is not shown.

Fixed the following bugs:
- Normal zoom mode, LEFT or RIGHT position : the dock does not highlight the launcher on click acknowledgement.
- Normal zoom mode: a tiny part of the dock is not updated correctly.
- Parabolic zoom mode, LEFT position: drawing bug.
- Parabolic zoom mode: mouse click still works outside the visible area of the dock.
- About dialog: some text corrected.

v4.0: Redesign and rewrite the program from scratch. Thus it should now run better overall and is easier to maintain (fix bugs, implement new features...) than previous versions.

New features:
- POSITION SETTING: now the dock can be set to one of four positions on the screen: TOP, BOTTOM, LEFT, RIGHT.
- Switch zoom mode now does not require restarting the dock.
- Left click on the clock now shows the calendar.
- Add a "create a new link to folder" button in Edit Quick Launch Menu dialog.

Bug fix:
- The pager now displays mini-wallpapers correctly when the dock starts.
- Fixed other minor bugs.

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 Auto-hide problem

 by jinchuriki on: Jan 19 2007
Score 50%

First of all, great application !!

I'm using FC5 KDE 3.5.5-0.2, facing problem with parabolic zooming mode and auto hide feature.

Parabolic zooming mode problem same as be4truth. I realised that ksmoothdock has problem with kde3.5 above. I'm willing to wait for the fix for this :)

Auto-hide feature does not work as expected. Manual activation of hide will hide it to the left side of the desktop. On the other hand, auto-hide hides the app but it will not bring it back no matter what i do. I have to restart the app for it to work again. Hope to have this fixed in the next release as well..

All in all, wonderful app, keep it up !!!

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 Crash on startup

 by Deve on: Jan 29 2007
Score 50%


this application is great. It worked really fine with SuSE 10.1 an KDE 3.1. But it somehow crashed on my computer and I don't know how to make it run again now.
Everytime I try to start it, it crashes.

I did a new installation via a rpm-package. On the first start the following messages occured:

kio (KService*): WARNING: The desktop entry file /opt/kde3/share/applications/kd
e/kbarcode-label.desktop has Type=MimeType instead of "Application" or "Service"
kio (KService*): WARNING: Invalid Service : /opt/kde3/share/applications/kde/kba

On any following startup it just crashes. Preventing the Crash Handler the kernel just sais "flowpoint exception"

Does anyone know where the problem is?


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 Re: Crash on startup

 by daflame on: Jan 30 2007
Score 50%
Alive Software Design

What is your system configuration? You mentioned suse 10.1 and kde 3.1, but your current configuration is more important.

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 Docking visibility

 by daflame on: Jan 30 2007
Score 50%
Alive Software Design

I think this app is great like everyone else, but I ran into an annoying problem that I'm sure others have run into as well. Whenever a window has focus and you move your mouse down to the dock, the zoom mode activates, but the graphics is hidden under the active window.
This bothered me for some time and I even tried to force keep window on top in the window settings. This did not work until I changed the window type to 'standalone menu'. So a suggestion I have would be to give an option to change the dock to a 'standalone menu' type window and keep it on top. Now even my auto-hide functionality doesn't have ksmoothdock obscured anymore.

Sometimes a simple question deserves a simple answer.
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 a lot of KSmoothDock

 by florkus on: Feb 11 2007
Score 50%

I have a big problem.
The KSmoothDock takes about 130 PIDs.
Is it normal ? It really takes a lot of memory
I link ksmoothdock to ~/.kde/Autostart
I use kde 3.5.1

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 KDE 3.5.6

 by CP1 on: Mar 13 2007
Score 50%

Are there plans on getting this working with at least 3.5.6? Would like to get this added to PCLinux 0.94 2007 however, it uses 3.5.6

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 Re: KDE 3.5.6

 by namxob645 on: Mar 14 2007
Score 50%

I have ksmoothdock running in kde 3.5.6 but the auto-hide feature does not work. Other than that it works just fine. I 'm using arch linux and compiled with automake 1.9 installed.

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 Re: Re: KDE 3.5.6

 by CP1 on: Mar 17 2007
Score 50%

The developer has stated he is going to work on getting this ready for 3.5.6 and the auto hide would be great to have back. Also, if anyone has this working as an RPM... would be nice. PCLos is looking to hopefully add this one to distro if dev gets this ready for prime time!

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