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Fancy Tasks

   1.1.2 "back in game"  

Plasmoid Binary

Score 92%
Fancy Tasks
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Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  24746
Submitted:  Feb 20 2009
Updated:  Jun 10 2012

Description:

Plasmoid providing fancy visualization of tasks, launchers and jobs for those who need full power of task manager and fresh look.
Developed and tested on KDE 4.8 with Qt 4.8 (Kubuntu 12.04).

Some screen casts:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5i2S1xCKPk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj4W6cqycl8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfqtnncLNcQ

Milestone 1.1 (current) will be last one using libtaskamanager and hopefully will be soon replaced by currently developed data engine based version (which should lower requirements back to KDE 4.6 or maybe earlier, depending on which one shipped first functional version of tasks data engine).

Milestone 2.0 will bring new dock management library which will allow for more advanced features. There will be also new, QML based, applet interface (might be available earlier, depends on progress on library).

Note that included panel was made only for test and could make various problems, use it on your own risk (I'll focus on it later).

This applet uses standard libtaskmanager like other task managers in KDE, so before you report bug check if it also happens in other applets (for example default Tasks applet).

Tips:
- to make applet more usable you can put it on panel with enabled option "Windows can cover" or similar;
- you can use theme with panel background similar to that of dock (for example Sabre Tiger) or modify current one using Desktop Theme Details;
- you can add launchers to applet by drag and drop of URLs and desktop files when Plasma is unlocked or using configuration dialog;
- to show only launchers you need to remove tasks area item from arrangement;
- to show application jobs you need to add jobs area.

Hidden options:
You can set them in applets configuration file (usually located at ~/.kde4/share/config/plasma-desktop-appletsrc), in group containing line plugin=fancytasks or plugin=fancypanel;
- initialZoomLevel - initial zoom level for zoom move animations (value ranging from 0 to 1, default: 0.7);
- paintBackground - decides if background should be painted or not (true or false, default: true);
- paintReflections - decides if icon reflection should be painted or not, note that it won't change icon size because of space allocation for drawing task indicators (true or false, default: true).

Features:
- manages your tasks, launchers and application jobs;
- tasks filtering, grouping (including manual) and sorting;
- keyboard navigation (Tab and Shift+Tab);
- launcher to task transition with custom connecting rules (icons of launchers with running tasks are hidden if sorting other than manual is enabled);
- tool tips with live preview of windows when KWin Taskbar Thumbnail effect is enabled;
- highlighting windows when hovering cursor over task or window preview when KWin Highlight Window effect is enabled;
- dropping files on launchers runs command with parameters or gives option to move, copy or link them (if target is directory);
- visual drop indicator that helps in manual tasks sorting and rearranging launchers;
- possibility to browse directories of directory launchers using context menu;
- possibility to add application menus;
- menu with list of all icons shown after activating keyboard shortcut;
- configurable animations (zoom, jump, bounce, highlight, etc.) and appearance (optional thumbnails and text label);
- fully animated icons (including animations of starting applications, tasks needing attention and application jobs progress).

If you have found bugs or have suggestions you can contact me via email, message or using comments, before you will vote bad.
And remember that not everybody has enough time for fast replying. ;-)

Don't be silly, don't vote bad just for fun!




Changelog:

1.1.2 (10.06.2012):
- increased task light size a bit;
- fixed label position for zoom animation;
- avoid hijacking of icons with launcher connected to task group (if grouping by program);
- clear thumbnail when launcher looses connected task.

1.1.1 (01.06.2012):
- reuse launcher icons by tasks also when using manual sorting;
- let startups connect to launcher icons (when there is no sorting or it set to manual);
- do not lose connection with launcher when group is created (if grouping by program);
- enable Apply button when configuration values are changed;
- do not propose to drop icon in place which equals its current index;
- enable Add / Remove action buttons;
- many other fixes and changes.




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 some icons disappear

 
 by jiuren on: Apr 11 2010
 
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hi, great job! I add some launchers on the plasmoid, but some of their icons will disappear later though I can find them in the settings. Is it a known bug?

thx for the fantastic task manager
best regards!


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 Re: some icons disappear

 
 by Emdek on: Apr 11 2010
 
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Thanks. :-)

Aren't these launchers for running tasks?
Check in tasks icons if these don't have in menu, on bottom, options typical for launchers.


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 Re: Re: some icons disappear

 
 by jiuren on: Apr 11 2010
 
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emm, I think I've made a mistake here. The launcher will move to running task part. However, I need to open many instances of one application sometimes, e.g, konsole, so how can I config this plasmoid in order to keep the launcher there?

another piece of advice, when I enable kwin's desktop's effect like magic lamp & minimize animation, the animation gets messed. when I click on the running task, the window sometimes get out from the fancytasks at the bottom of my screen, but sometimes it get out of the default taskmanager of KDE.

anyway, thank u for your great job!
Best regards!


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 Re: Re: Re: some icons disappear

 
 by Emdek on: Apr 11 2010
 
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I'm not sure if there should be options to disable such as things (there are already many options...) but there is another solution. You can configure action for activating launcher, for example by using middle click on task icon.

I'm not sure if it will be possible to do something with that problem, both applets tries to stole and set own location of rectangle into which window should minimize or from which it should become visible again.


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 problem to move panel

 
 by jajaxor on: Apr 26 2010
 
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Hi (sorry for my bad english !)

I upgrade to lucid in few days.
before, I'm using cairo-dock and now, I add a (kde) panel like a dock to the top on my screen.
I would like test fancy task, panel only for see.
I would like move the panel to the top of my screen but when I do that, nothing happends. plasma take 100% on my cpu. I must kill plasma :-/
I test on lucid 64 bits. I can test on lucid 32 bits too.

note : for try to move the panel, I use kde panel option.


regards
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 Re: problem to move panel

 
 by Emdek on: Apr 26 2010
 
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Panel is still experimental only, because of problems like this.
It probably tried to resize to full height.
It's better to use standard panel with applet on it, in fact the only advantage of custom panel is custom background...


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 Re: Re: problem to move panel

 
 by jajaxor on: Apr 26 2010
 
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ok, I keep my standard panel for this moment.

thanks for your answer ;)


regards
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 panel

 
 by rusins on: Apr 28 2010
 
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how did you get a triangular panel? (screenshot)


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 Re: panel

 
 by Emdek on: Apr 28 2010
 
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I'm using there this theme:
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Sabre-Toothed+Tiger?content=100426

You can also try using Fancy Panel but it's experimental only.


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 Add plasmoids

 
 by alfkde on: May 4 2010
 
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Hi.

Good plasmoid, but there is a thing, I can't find.

Is it possible to add plasmoids to Fancy Tasks?

Greetings.


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 Re: Add plasmoids

 
 by Emdek on: May 4 2010
 
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Thanks. :-)

I guess that you are talking about custom panel distributed with applet?
Currently it's only experimental and was meant to contain only tasks applet - it needs to be rethought now.
For now you can use standard panel with applets on it but using Plasma theme that has dock like bottom panel background (link to one of them is in comments), this can be adjusted using theme details KCM (for example use only panel background from that theme).


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 Re: Re: Add plasmoids

 
 by alfkde on: May 5 2010
 
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Thanks.

Yes, I refer to possibility of include kickoff, by example.

The theme panels like a dock don't like me much. I think your plasmoid is very better.


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 Re: Re: Re: Add plasmoids

 
 by Emdek on: May 6 2010
 
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I'll think about this, but the only way I can see it making sense is to include small change which would cause other applets to be lower than task manager, to make their height as big as height of non transparent part of panel background.
Maybe it's possible using some spacing for other items. I'll experiment with this.


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 Issue and debian package

 
 by brand80 on: May 5 2010
 
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Hi,
good work ;)

* only a issue, task active icon more visible :) snap[1]

* I have created a debian package
-- version: 1.0.93
-- kde4: 4.4.3 from debian unstable

snap and debian package:
http://www.nmapsi4.org/pkg/


Francesco
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 Re: Issue and debian package

 
 by drdanz on: May 6 2010
 
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@brand80
Hi, trying to rebuild your package for amd64, but it failed because kdebase-workspace-dev is not included in build-dependencies.


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 Re: Re: Issue and debian package

 
 by brand80 on: May 6 2010
 
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ops,

* fixed dep
* update rules to dpkg-source 3.0 ;)


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 Re: Issue and debian package

 
 by Emdek on: May 6 2010
 
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Thanks. :-)

UI will be reworked, to use some new hot stuff from Kinetick (some experiments already started).


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 Grat Job

 
 by suppenkaspar on: May 9 2010
 
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I love Fancytask, great job.

have only two small problems with it:
First shows me it gives me the tool tips and menu `s at the top of the screen even though it is down to the taskbar.
Second, often starting when several are open Task disappear unfortunately can not behave more accurately describe / reproduce.

Mandriva 2010.1 Cooker x86_64 system


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 Re: Grat Job

 
 by Emdek on: May 11 2010
 
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Strange, I'm using Mandriva 2010.1 Cooker too, only difference that's 32 bit version...

That positioning problem was described earlier, maybe it's only 64 bits system related? But anyway it shouldn't happen as menus and tool tips are positioned by Plasma itself, not applet.

And the second problem, I can't understand what you mean. What disappears? Task entries or applet? Or you have grouping enabled and task entries for same application are merged into one entry?


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 Re: Re: Grat Job

 
 by suppenkaspar on: May 11 2010
 
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No, KDE makes the tooltips in the right place

've Made two screenshots where you can see the problem of disappearing launcher

bevor
http://www.fotos-hochladen.net/vorherg32yik6a.png
after
http://www.fotos-hochladen.net/nachhercxjuak38.png


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 Re: Re: Re: Grat Job

 
 by Emdek on: May 11 2010
 
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Yes, but applet uses Plasma to position them, in fact it only sets data (texts, icon, window id) and tells over which widget show it (in this case icon). Method checks location of widget on screen and calculates where to put item on screen (using it's size to align it nicely).
But it/s strange that somehow it behaves wrong with icon widgets in applet, probably only on 64 bit architecture.

I can create some test cases to determine what triggers it if you have time to test it.


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