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Window Decoration native KDE 4

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Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  24310
Submitted:  Feb 11 2008
Updated:  Jan 9 2013


This is the port of the famous Crystal kwin decoration theme to KDE 4.x.

For 3.x version see:

Main features:
* Uses compositing features of KDE4 for transparency with ability to use the blur plugin
* Supports grouping/tabbing of windows
* Ability to choose the blending colors of buttons as well as title bar and border size
* Right click on minimize button toggles shade mode
* Middle click on minimize button sends window to below
* Double click on program symbol closes window
* Support for button themes. Basic button theme is included, feel free to swamp me with cool themes
* Can show a tooltip for the caption
* Right click on close button can run kdocker, if installed, to minimize the application to the system tray

-- INSTALL ---------------------
Basic Installation (from the console):
- Step 1 (as user)
$ cd build
$ cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr ..
$ make
- Step 3 (as root)
# make install

If you installed crystal while it was running, you would need to restart kwin for the changes to take effect: kwin --replace

Feedback and patches well appreciated. ;-)

Follow me on GitHub!

This version of crystal needs KDE 4.9 or higher!

Have fun,
Sascha Hlusiak


2.2.1 (KDE 4.9):
* Fix tabbing after window shading

2.2.0 (KDE 4.9 only):
* Use API for KDE 4.9

2.1.1 (KDE 4.8):
* Improved compatibility with KDE 4.8
* Fixed possible glitches without compositing in KDE 4.8
* Draws own shadows

* Support of KDE's cool window tabbing / grouping feature!!
* Fix working with kdocker >= 4.5, if installed (right click on close button to run)
* Fix glitch of round corners in compositing mode introduced in 2.0.6. Reduced options of round corners to 1 for code simplification.

* Use Blur effect for transparent borders when kwin-plugin is enabled (needs KDE >= 4.6.0)
* Updated aqua button theme
* New button theme: glass-pill
* Fix some compile warnings

* Use KDecoration again instead of KDecorationUnstable; hopefully fixes compile problems
* Remove some probably unnecessary redrawing

* Built-in logos for various distros
* Some experimental transparency support (requires KDE4 compositing)
* Fix not showing shadow in compositing mode (whiteliste abilities now, not blacklist them; thanks to Zarin for pointing that out)

* Possibility to stretch or scale overlay images
* Fix showing logo on active window only
* Disable caption shadow for inactive windows so it's easier to read
* Work around "hollow" border glitches when using half-maximized states
* Added backported Kubuntu-Hardy button theme (thanks to Kubuntu team)
* Little nicer default settings

* Adding back button images in configuration dialog
* Set tooltip of decoration to caption right from the beginning
* Creating and using embedtool again to create tiles.h

* Scrolling through open windows works again (if option is enabled)
* Link to this page in the info dialog
* Minimizing to systray using kdocker works again

* Initial release of KDE 4.x port

Source(crystal-2.2.1.tar.bz2 (KDE 4.9))
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 by enzobelmont on: Feb 13 2008
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i was waiting for this.....

well done, i hope you keep working on this to get complete version as kde3 one.

every day kde4 is getting more and more complete.

thanks again and good work..

sorry my english...
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 openSUSE Packages

 by buschmann23 on: Feb 17 2008
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Nice to see this for KDE 4. I have build packages for openSUSE 10.2 and newer, which can be found here:

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 compilation prolems

 by incubusss on: Apr 1 2008
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It doesn't build on Mandriva, cmake is OK but make fails.
Here is the error message : http://pastebin.ca/966126 .

Any idea on this problem ?


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 Re: compilation prolems

 by dralgebra on: Apr 1 2008
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I believe that the KDE3 headers are used, which are stored in /usr/include on your machine, instead of the KDE4 headers, that are in /opt/kde4/include.

In the topmost CMakeFiles.txt try change the order of include_directories to:

include_directories (${KDE4_INCLUDES} ${CMAKE_SOURCE_DIR} ${CMAKE_BINARY_DIR} )

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 Re: Re: compilation

 by incubusss on: Apr 1 2008
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OK, it was a missing depend kdebase4-workspace-devel, it's strange that cmake was not complaining.

Anyway, thank you very much for that deco.

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 Re: Re: compilation prolems

 by darkphoenixff4 on: Apr 5 2008
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It appears that the same change has to be made in Fedora, or cmake fails to find the includes and gmake errors out as well.

Thanks for this windeco, it's by far the best one for KDE.

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 Re: Re: Re: compilat

 by ahahayes on: Apr 8 2008
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how can i use the theme? i've installed it just following the up ones, but it seems not working.

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: compilat

 by niun on: Jul 8 2008
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On Kubuntu 8.04, I had to use
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr/lib/kde4 ..
instead of
cmake ..

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 yay :)

 by ralesk on: May 24 2008
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Glad to see this :) the KDE3 Crystal is awesome, hope this will become just as good eventually.

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 Good work

 by kubunteando on: Aug 25 2008
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Thanks for the port.
It was what I was looking for.

Thanks for the hints about how to compile it in Ubuntu.

Now KDE 4.1 is looking grate!

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 by tarahmarie on: Sep 10 2008
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When will the transparency be back?

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