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Fancy Tasks

   1.1.2 "back in game"  

Plasmoid Binary

Score 92%
Fancy Tasks
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Fancy Tasks
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Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  24335
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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 Great

 
 by xadras on: Jul 30 2009
 
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This is very great plasmoid! Especially the effects are very nice.

I have two suggestions:

1. If I maximize I a window it overlaps the panel. Is it possible to change that?

2. The way of adding an application is not so nice. Maybe it would be easier if you would use the application chooser instead of the file chooser.


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 Re: Great

 
 by Emdek on: Jul 30 2009
 
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Thanks. :-)

1. It currently hasn't own containment (planned). You can use it on panel (for example with panel backgrounds from Sabre Tiger theme).

2. Yes, this could be done (if that dialog has public API) but then we will lost ability to add launcher for directory etc. I'll try to do something with this later, maybe I'll add for example menu to that button wtih two actions, one would trigger current dialog, latter would trigger application selector (if it's API is public).


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 Re: Re: Update for 4.3???

 
 by WildSioux on: Aug 5 2009
 
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Can we please get this updated for 4.3? When it is in a panel it centers itself in the space between other applets. Very annoying.

Thanks


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 Re: Re: Re: Update for 4.3???

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 5 2009
 
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Yes, I know, applets sizing behavior changed again between RC versions. :-/

I'll try to fix this as soon as possible, because this annoys also me very much. ;-)


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 Re: Re: Re: Update for 4.3???

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 6 2009
 
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To fix it remove these lines from applet/FancyTasksApplet.cpp:

setSizePolicy(QSizePolicy(QSizePolicy::Expanding, QSizePolicy::Expanding));

setMaximumSize(INT_MAX, INT_MAX);

setMinimumSize(0, 0);


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Update for 4.3???

 
 by WildSioux on: Aug 6 2009
 
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Thanks Emdek! That fixed the problem of it centering. Oddly enough, It also fixed the Stasks "auto expand current" application. Probably because fancytask was intruding in to the stasks area.

Positive review from me for the only functional application launcher for KDE 4.x.

Keep up the good work!


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Update for 4.3???

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 6 2009
 
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Thanks. :-)


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 Animations

 
 by ronanjardim on: Aug 6 2009
 
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First, congratulations! You have maid an amazing plasmoid!! In my opinion, just need a feel more integrations with KDE (like the way the launchers are added) and it really should be a part of KDE's official plasmoids.

And I want to ask two things:

1) Is it possible to let the icon's size in the parabolic zoom be changeable? I think it is better to have a very little icons and a very big zoom when you have a lot of launchers.

2) Is it possible to make a new animation combining parabolic Zoom and parabolic Fade? I think it will be amazing!

Again, congratulations for the plasmoid! Great Job!

Ronan (Ronis_BR)


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 Re: Animations

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 7 2009
 
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Thanks. :-)

1. In theory it is possible (initial factor is stored in variable from beginning). I'll experiment with it a bit and maybe I'll finally add this for next release.

2. Could be interesting. :-)
I need to investigate possibility to add new animations as plugins. :-D


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 Jobs in 0.9.4

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 9 2009
 
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In current version there are some changes in jobs handling that could be assumed as regressions, so I have some questions (there should be poll feature for content ;-)):
- new representation of job is better than old (no it is normal icon, with reflection etc.)?;
- "new" finish / error animation shared with task demanding attention is good solution?;
- if it is, should be there kind of icon for finished / broken jobs?

If you have any other suggestions and thoughts about jobs in Fancy Tasks then please write them in comments. :-)


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 it's been a long time..

 
 by takanowaka on: Aug 9 2009
 
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since i've tried fancy tasks ;) seems there are some new features.. so i gave it a try..

don't know if i'm actual.. but..

about launchers.. when i tried to add anything from /usr/bin the launcher doesn't have any icon and doesn't care about order that is set in arragement
so i tried to add something from /usr/share/applications the sorting and icon was there but grouping wasn't working here (launcher didn't group with task).. and i'm not sure how is possible to add folder as launcher..

going to jobs.. i wasn't able to see them anywhere :/ (i've added them to current actions)

anyway great job ;)

here is 0.9.4 version compiled for kubuntu (the links above have little bit outdated versions)
http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?iiucgwjwjtj


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 Re: it's been a long time..

 
 by takanowaka on: Aug 9 2009
 
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ok.. i take that about folders and jobs back.. and i think you should point out that everybody who is trying this plasmoid should first add it on desktop not on panel to see its awesomeness :))
in panel i didn't see any animation on task icon.. boy i was surprised when i saw it on desktop.. now i'm copying files just to see it :D excellent work..
only that panel part is not as great.. highlight effect doesn't have transparent background.. and those tiny status icons on the bottom are nearly invisible.. and as i said before don't know why but job animation wasn't visible in panel either..


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 Re: it's been a long time..

 
 by takanowaka on: Aug 9 2009
 
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and just one proposal: maybe adding option for changing speed of animation of effects would be good ;)


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 Re: it's been a long time..

 
 by takanowaka on: Aug 9 2009
 
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ok.. another one.. maybe implementing ghns for sharing custom backgrounds would be nice too ;)

p.s.: these are not real requests because most probably i won't use fancy tasks (i'm too addicted to stasks).. i'm just posting this for your inspiration ;)


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 Re: it's been a long time..

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 10 2009
 
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Thanks for package and suggestions. :-)

These problems in panel are strange, it works for me (why everything always works only for developer? :-D)...

I need to finally add own panel containment to workaround these limitations...

Animation speed, there were options for that, but I'm not sure if this really good idea, it could make sense to select period for startup and demand attention animations, because all other (excluding jump) depends on mouse position.

GHNS is good idea, but would be best if I, Daisy author and maybe STasks author will finally create common library and use common backgrounds.


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 Re: Re: it's been a long time..

 
 by takanowaka on: Aug 10 2009
 
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@problems: only thing i can tell you is that i'm using kde 4.3 and qt 4.5.2 (and there are outdated python bindings) ;)
@animation speed: well i thought that animation when moving mouse over icons should be smoother (it is most noticeable in zoom without parabolic)
@shared library: yep that would be great ;) hmm.. stasks is using plasma/classic taskbar skinning.. i don't wanna loose that ;)


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 Re: Re: Re: it's been a long time..

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 10 2009
 
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@animation speed: this simply needs more optimization in applet itself, it should be better than in the past now, but I will try to make it faster (have some ideas,but need time to test).
@shared library: of course applet could decide which functionality should be shared and which should be reimplemented to fit specific needs. :-)


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: it's been a long time..

 
 by takanowaka on: Aug 10 2009
 
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@animation speed: hehe.. so imho it's too fast (optimization worked well at least in my case) ;) what i meant is slow and smooth animation of icon changing the size..


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: it's been a long time..

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 10 2009
 
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Hmm, so we have problem. ;-)
In the past there was additional animation that was making that animation more smooth, but it was eating more CPU when moving mouse fast and when it was removed this improved performance of zoom animation. ;-)
Hmm, I could try to restore that functionality if I could workaround that performance problem, but for now there are more important things, I think (but description is saved in comments, so won't be loosed). :-)


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: it's been a long time..

 
 by takanowaka on: Aug 10 2009
 
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sure ;) as i said before these weren't real feature requests just something for your inspiration ;)



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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: it's been a long time..

 
 by takanowaka on: Aug 10 2009
 
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btw great screencast.. and from the screencast i've learned that jobs aren't working properly ;) if i have group jobs with tasks enabled it's ok.. otherwise fancy tasks don't create the job icon = no jobs are visible


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: it's been a long time..

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 10 2009
 
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Thanks. :-)

Yes, it is possible, jobs were redone for this release (now they are normal icons, so all effects applies to them) and there are some known regressions, I wanted to release it as soon as possible because of some important changes (like fixing size in panel for KDE > 4.3 RC 1 or applying effect to wrong icon) and I'll finish them hopefully for next release. :-)


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 Taskbar Thumbnails

 
 by steveke on: Aug 10 2009
 
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With the new version (0.9.4) some tasks don't display a thumbnail for me, only a "tooltip". It was working fine with the previous version.

What's quite strange is that some tasks always display a thumbnail (e.g. Firefox) and others are erratic (e.g. Opera, Dolphin, Kate, Konsole)

Using Kubuntu Jaunty, KDE 4.3. Deleted previous installation, and recompiled anew.


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 Re: Taskbar Thumbnails

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 10 2009
 
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Thanks for report. :-)

I'll fix that with new version and maybe I'll prepare workaround when I'll have free time (Renovation...).


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 Re: Re: Taskbar Thumbnails

 
 by steveke on: Aug 10 2009
 
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OK Thanks - I'll look forward to it :)

Good luck with the renovations!


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 Re: Re: Re: Taskbar Thumbnails

 
 by steveke on: Aug 10 2009
 
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Just wanted to add that if I launch a new instance of the apps then the thumbnails appear ok. When I close the new instance the thumbnail remains, so it's a kind of workaround.

Cheers!


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 Re: Re: Re: Taskbar Thumbnails

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 10 2009
 
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Thanks. :-)

This is probably regression introduced when adding tool tips for jobs (probably some logic errors, working previews for groups looks like confirmation), I think, should be easy to fix, I'll try to release new version at Sunday (if I'll have enough time...).


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 Tasks merged with Launchers

 
 by thehayro on: Aug 12 2009
 
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Hey

great plasmoid!

i have a question, if it is somehow possible to merge tasks and launchers together in one plasmoid?

okay, booooh on me, but this concept of merging tasks and launchers is the only way to save space on the panel and have launchers right away.

OR: you can set the launcher automatically by using the users kickoff favorites.

greetz


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 Re: Tasks merged with Launchers

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 13 2009
 
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Thanks. ;-)

It's already done for long time.

Use of menu favourites as default set is interesting but impossible or needs ugly hack, I'll check later if it makes sense.


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 Re: Re: Tasks merged with Launchers

 
 by thehayro on: Aug 13 2009
 
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Really tasks and launchers are already merged? i didnt find the option, where you can do this. Can you please tell me?

about the favorites:
the kickoff plasmoid has some nice classes like favoritesmodel etc. does all the work for you to get access to the kickoff favorites.
then you can get them by using some kind of "view"-class(ListView,TreeView etc) to display them.

greetz


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 Re: Re: Re: Tasks merged with Launchers

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 13 2009
 
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You can add launchers using Arrangement tab or by dragging them to applet when Plasma is unlocked.

Models doesn't help but I've found that these favorites are stored in separated file, not cumulated in Plasma applets configuration file so they are easy to extract. I'll try to to do that for new version, displaying them by default (at first run, then allow to customize them in applet, use only them as a base, without syncing later) is very good idea, thanks again for this idea. :-)


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 Own containment?

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 13 2009
 
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I've started experimental work on containment (separated from applet, it loads applet on top at start) but I've found serious limitations in creating custom panels...
The easiest way is to use type PanelContainment that gives for free ready to use panel controller like in default panel, with all it's settings (auto hide, location, size etc.), also these not needed, like adding applets and spacers (they look bad on dock and to manage them I need to copy a whole default panel containment) and we will get containment identical to default but with custom background...
Second option is to duplicate code and lose features like "Windows go below" etc. but do not use panel controller and don't show these not needed options. But this needs much more work and results won't be as good as I want.
The problem is we can't interact with PanelView (at least after many tries I didn't find working method) that implements all these needed things, mostly auto hide, windows go below etc.

So what you think, is containment really needed if it will not help much more than showing dock background without changing theme or it's part?


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