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TextLaunch

   0.3.3  

Plasmoid Script

Score 81%
TextLaunch
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Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  399
Submitted:  Sep 11 2009
Updated:  Mar 13 2011

Description:

This plasmoid for KDE 4.3 or later is something like a quicklaunch, but instead of icons you get text buttons. You can assign any command or string of commands to the button as well as a tool tip.

Why text?

Someone may well ask, "Why text buttons when we have pretty icons?". Text has a few of advantages:
- Text is simple, descriptive, and to the point. I use a lot of custom-built or in-house apps at work, so I hate having to remember which tiny blob of pixels on my panel launches which program. So much easier just to have the words right there.
- Text buttons are short and wide; icons are always square in KDE (even if they're not supposed to be!). Shrink your panel down on a small, wide screen (like a netbook) and you will have a hard time clicking a little square icon. But a nice wide text button is easy to click.
- If you're arsty about your desktop, some icons don't go well with some backgrounds/themes/styles. Text is like blue jeans or ketchup: it isn't spectacular but it goes with everything!

KNOWN ISSUES:

- None presently; older issues have been fixed or disappeared with recent versions of KDE.

TODO:
- I'd like to make the font/colors/size customizable, but after conferring with plasma-devel there seem to be some limitations of libplasma in the way. Maybe there's a way around this.
- Maybe drag&drop support for .desktop files, we'll see.
- Maybe add Dock-like functionality (where a launcher only launches one instance of the program, switching to the open instance if there is one) would be a nice option for launchers.
- Other appearance tweaks?

If you want to contribute, get the code on github:

https://github.com/alandmoore/textlaunch-plasmoid




Changelog:

* Version 0.3.3 by vkos (Sep 5, 2010)
- Layout fix in configuration form
* Version 0.3.2 (Feb 19, 2010)
- Fixed a small bug that broke fixed widths after KDE 4.4 upgrade. Let me know if it breaks 4.3 or other.
* Version 0.3.1 (Oct 17, 2009)
- Removed margin around the buttons so they take up less vertical space.
* Version 0.3 (Sep 28, 2009)
- Now uses Plasma Tooltips
- Can set background style to default or translucent (only seems to have an effect when used off-panel)

* Version 0.2.1 (Sep 16, 2009)
- Fixed a small bug that caused icons to display instead of text under certain conditions.

* Version 0.2 (Sep 13, 2009)
- Selection follows your item when moving buttons in the launcher config.
- Launchers can be added without comment (tooltip) text.
- You'll get a warning (and no button will be added) if you don't enter a command or button text for an item.
- NEW FEATURE: You can make the layout horizontal (default) or vertical (ideal for sidebar use)
- NEW FEATURE: You can set the buttons to a fixed width (good for vertical use)

* Version 0.1 (Sep 10, 2009)
- Initial release




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 Little improvement

 
 by vkos on: Sep 7 2010
 
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vkosvkos
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It's a great plasmoid, but there was one annoying thing for me: if there is a lot of launchers I need using this stupid scroller instead of resizing window (and the other thing about this, that such layouting is just ugly ;-))

So, I corrected UI files to use layouts.
Plasmoid is here: http://slil.ru/29649173.

Thanks for good work!


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 Re: Little improvement

 
 by admoore on: Nov 9 2010
 
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Thanks for fixing this! I normally code kde/qt stuff by hand, but I tried designer when I made the dialogs and I couldn't figure out how to make the widget expand.

I just created a github repo for this project, but I am a total git newbie; maybe you can merge your code there? If not I'll try to figure it out when I have some free time.

github is https://github.com/alandmoore/textlaunch-plasmoid


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 Re: Re: Little improvement

 
 by vkos on: Nov 14 2010
 
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OK, I created pull request here. So you need just to apply this changing. Commands should be like this

$ git remote add vkos git://github.com/vkos/textlaunch-plasmoid.git
$ git fetch vkos
$ git merge vkos/master
$ git push origin master

But better see http://help.github.com/pull-requests/, because I just try to rewrite the example from that page and I'm git newbie too.


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 Re: Re: Re: Little improvement

 
 by admoore on: Nov 14 2010
 
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Cool! Looks like github is having some trouble today, though; Hopefully your request will still be there when it comes back online!


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 Re: Re: Re: Little improvement

 
 by admoore on: Nov 15 2010
 
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Looks like github's little crash today lost your request. Can you resubmit it?


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Little improvement

 
 by vkos on: Nov 15 2010
 
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OK, I've submitted it again.


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Little improvement

 
 by admoore on: Nov 15 2010
 
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Thanks again. I merged your code and released a new plasmoid package.


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 Great

 
 by DanaKil on: Nov 19 2010
 
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Just what I needed :-)
Thank you


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 kde 4.6.1

 
 by herrbatka on: Mar 13 2011
 
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I can't use it in kde 4.6.1. After logout script does not start.


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 Re: kde 4.6.1

 
 by admoore on: Mar 13 2011
 
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I'm currently using it it kde 4.6.1; can you give me some more details? Do you have the necessary scriptengines installed? What distro?


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 Re: Re: kde 4.6.1

 
 by herrbatka on: Mar 13 2011
 
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pclinuxos

the problem showes up when I want to configurate this plasmoid. Everything seems to be ok until i won't log out and log in again. When I leave defaults it works ok.


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 Re: Re: kde 4.6.1

 
 by herrbatka on: Mar 14 2011
 
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Ok, I have the same on kubuntu 10.04. Does it require anything besides pyQt4, pyKDE4?


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 Re: Re: Re: kde 4.6.1

 
 by admoore on: Mar 16 2011
 
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It shouldn't require anything special; do you have the plasma-scriptengine-python package installed? Do other python plasma applets work?

Also, can you post the output of "plasmoidviewer textlaunch" from a konsole?


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: kde 4.6.1

 
 by herrbatka on: Mar 16 2011
 
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"plasmoidviewer(5122)/libplasma Plasma::FrameSvg::resizeFrame: Invalid size QSizeF(0, 0)
plasmoidviewer(5122)/libplasma Plasma::FrameSvg::resizeFrame: Invalid size QSizeF(0, 0)"

As I said it works, although It dosen't starts after reboot. I have no idea what is wrong here, other python plasmoids (mpd plasma client) works.


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: kde 4.6.1

 
 by admoore on: Mar 17 2011
 
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I'm afraid I don't know what the problem could be. Those errors always come up, whether it works or no.

I'll try on a couple of my other machines, to see if I can get it to fail for me. Otherwise I don't have much hope of debugging it.


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: kde 4.6.1

 
 by herrbatka on: Mar 17 2011
 
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The problem was caused by shutup plasmoid. Now it works like charm.



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