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KDE Improvement

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Homepage:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  3926
Submitted:  Dec 15 2009
Updated:  May 15 2013


What is it?
Colibri provides an alternative to KDE4 Plasma notifications.

Colibri notifications look lighter and are completely passive: they do not provide any buttons. You may or may not like this.

Since they are completely passive, they smoothly fade away when you mouse over them, allowing you to interact with any window behind them.

They also do not stack each others: if multiple notifications happen, they will be shown one at a time.


You need kdelibs >= 4.4.

Colibri can be configured from its System Settings module.
If you need help follow the setup howto at http://gitorious.org/colibri/pages/SetupHowto.

A bit of history

Passive notifications for Plasma first appeared as "Ayatana notifications", an alternative notification system I implemented in Kubuntu Karmic as part of my work for Canonical.

Ayatana notifications were implemented as a patch against the systemtray applet. Colibri is based on this work, but does not require patching any applet.

Colibri contains code I wrote for Canonical, but it is not a Canonical product.


2013.05.14 - 0.3.0
- Bring back drop shadows in KDE SC 4.10
- Use KMessageWidget in KCM
- Remove blank lines between concatenated notifications
- Moved to kde.org git repository

2011.09.25 - 0.2.2
- Plug three small mem leaks. Should also fix a rare crasher. (Aurélien Gâteau)

- Brasilian Portuguese (Caio Romão)
- Slovakian (Slavko)
- Italian (Federico Chiacchiaretta)
- Czech (Pavel Fric)
- Spanish (gejo)

2010.08.06 - 0.2.1
- Disable KWin shadows.
- Quit if we can't register as the notification handler.

2010.08.05 - 0.2.0
New features
- When a second notification arrives from the same application, using the same title, append it to the existing notification.
- Notifications use blurred background on KDE 4.5.
- Notifications use a background halo behind text, similar to what Plasma tooltips do since KDE 4.4, as well as the Plasma theme foreground color.
- Implemented support for the replacesId parameter.
- It is now possible to specify the screen where the notifications will appear.
- A "Preview" button has been added to the KCM.
- It is now possible to start Colibri from within the KCM.
- Turkish translation by Ozan Çağlayan.
- German translation by Michael Gangolf.
- Serbian translation for desktop file by Mladen Pejaković.

- KCM is now translatable.
- The KCM has moved (again!) to the notification group.
- Use an autostart file to start Colibri instead of relying on the DBus service
system. This solves file conflict problems with other notification systems and
ensures Colibri is started when the first KDE notification is sent.
- Fixed linking with gold.

2010.02.16 - 0.1.1
- Moved the KCM to the Desktop category.
- Emit the NotificationClosed() signal when a notification is closed. This fixes double notifications from Banshee.
- Implement the CloseNotification() method.

2009.12.15 - 0.1.0
- First release.

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 Small patch

 by arcanis on: Jan 24 2014
Score 50%

Thank you for your work!

But some applications, such as Qutim, have text-like notification, for example, newline symbol is "\n" (not <br> as it is needed for html code). It would be nice if you will add a replacement of the symbol to the correct one. And I've created a patch that does it. (I know there are a lot of ways to do it.) Link to the patch is:

And I would be happy if you will add support for jobs too, such as copying files :)

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 Re: Small patch

 by bk12 on: Feb 4 2014
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Thanks for the patch, I just applied it!

Regarding file operations: to me notifications and file progress information are different concepts, it just happens that Plasma by default group them.

One needs to be able to interact with the file progress view, so it does not make sense to me to add this to Colibri. I personally uses Colibri together with the Plasma file progress view. It works well.

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 Re: Re: Small patch

 by arcanis on: Feb 4 2014
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thank you =)

Yep, I agree that file operation and notification is different in their concept. I meant that only notification about start and end of jobs will be a good addition for your applet IMHO.

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 Re: Re: Re: Small patch

 by bk12 on: Feb 4 2014
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That would make sense, but as I understand it, the applet bypasses the notification API to create those notifications, so there is very little I can do there :/

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Small patch

 by arcanis on: Feb 4 2014
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Yes, I know it, because I tried to create such a patch to your applet :/ But I think that you may use special data engine called applicationjobs to do it (it is in the official KDE4 package). Or maybe some time I'll send you a patch with this extension ;)

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Small patch

 by bk12 on: Feb 4 2014
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Sure, patches are welcome :)

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 Size and position

 by Skywalker8921 on: May 2 2014
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Hey, nice work!

Just a question though: on my system it looks like this: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/27582148/capture_colibri.png

A tiny popup, and half-hidden behind the panel. I understand that the size and position cannot be changed for the moment, but do you have any idea what I could do to get the expected position?

(The window being opaque is not a problem, I use a computer without graphical effects. I hope it is not the root cause of the issue though)

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 Layout bug?

 by Sitri on: Feb 24 2015
Score 50%

Seemly randomly text will show up behind the icon in the notification
http://i.imgur.com/kROWSWX.png <- bad text
http://i.imgur.com/CD0ZUdN.png <- what it should look like

Any ideas as to if this is something on my end or a bug in the colibri code? If it is any idea where it might be? I'm using the latest code from the anongit kde repo.

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 Issues with KDE 4.14.6

 by CxOrg on: Apr 1 2015
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The Content-Orga nisation

Colibri will only run and appear with the desktop style if Plasma notifications are switched on at login then disabled to allow Colibri to be started. Otherwise there is some conflict at login to KDE which results in unstyled popups and Colibri reporting that plasma notifications are not started in the Colibri system settings pane.

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 Not working with Plasma 5.3.0

 by shapirus on: May 7 2015
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any idea how to make colibri work with Plasma 5.3.0?

ii kde-notification-colibri 0.3.0-2ubuntu1 amd64 passive notification system for kde4

this is Kubuntu 15.04 with the latest Plasma upgrades installed from http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-ppa/backports/ubuntu

There isn't even an option to choose between colibri or native notifications in system settings anymore.

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