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Smooth Tasks


Plasmoid Binary

Score 94%
Smooth Tasks

Smooth Tasks

Smooth Tasks

Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  20603
Submitted:  Mar 24 2009
Updated:  Nov 6 2010


This is a fork of mbaszczewskis STasks plasmoid. For the original STasks code go there:

This taskbar replacement has window peeking similar to Windows 7 when you use the kwin 'highlight window' effect. Even if this effect is not used you can click the tooltip in order to activate the corresponding window.

About Launcher Support, Grouping and Sorting:
A feature often requested in the comments is support for launchers and a more comprehensive context menu. Because the information about which task items there are, their grouping, sorting and state (minimized, demands attention, is active, ...) and even their context menu is all provided by libtaskmanager, such feature requests should be directed to kdelibs. I wrote a wishlist entry in the kde bugtracker for these features: https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=207902 If you want this feature vote for this wish.

Launcher support exists in KDE 4.6. I will incorporate this feature once KDE 4.6 is available in Fedora (and I have time).

Update 2:
I pulled all changes made by flupp and jimi312, which amongst other things add launcher support. You can download the most recent source directly from the mercurial repository:

However, because I experienced some bugs with the launcher support (sometimes they are shown when the associated app is running and sometimes they are not shown when the associated app is not running) I did not make a new release yet. If I can find the bugs in a few hours tomorrow (2nd Apr 2011) or flupp/jimi312 fix them I will make a new release. I don't know how much time I have to work on Smooth Tasks. :/

Update 3:
The mentioned bugs concerning launchers seem also to be present with KDE's original taskbar, so I think the bug lies in libtaskmanager and not in Smooth Tasks.

Bugreports and Wishes:

Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora have official packages.

sudo yum install kde-plasma-smooth-tasks

And to get meaningful backtraces:
sudo debuginfo-install kde-plasma-smooth-tasks

Note: I didn't check the validity of any of these packages!

Poll: Which Layout should stay?
I have created a poll about which of the various layouts supported by Smooth Tasks should be kept and which I can drop:

Please participate in this poll so I know whether I have to bother with supporting all of the currently provided layouts. In case you do not use multiple rows please choose the first option. In this case most layouts should look the same anyway.


wip 2010-11-06:
FIX: drop whole groups onto pager (removed workaround for KDE < 4.5 which could not handle groups at all)
FIX: when dragging a task only a tiny bit it's position was not reset
Maybe FIX: a very rare tooltip positioning bug (I have o wait if it reoccurs)

wip 2010-11-05 update 1:
FIX: fixed unwanted highlight behaviour change which reintroduces flickering :(

wip 2010-11-05:
FIX: tooltip appearance and background blur under KDE 4.5 (someone once sent me a patch for this but I cant find this message any more so I figured it out myself by looking at KDE sources)
FIX: less flickering for the kwin highlight effect

wip 2010-02-27:
FIX: less flickering for the window preview effect because I removed the kwin highlight effect bug workaround (that bug was obviously fixed in kde 4.4)
FIX: crash when right-click on startup item, thanks to anonymous

wip 2010-02-13 update 2:
FIX: hopefully fixed bug concerning missing taskbar entries

For the full list of changes see:

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 Crash with kde 4.3.80

 by mikala on: Dec 4 2009
Score 50%

I noticed a crash of plasma-desktop when i'm removing plasma-applet-smooth-tasks from the taskbar
the backtrace since kde 4.3.80 :

(gdb) bt
#0 0x00007f9296d69314 in QGraphicsLayoutItem::setParentLayoutItem (this=0x25e3680, parent=0x0) at graphicsview/qgraphicslayoutitem.cpp:793
#1 0x00007f927463ff77 in ~TaskbarItem (this=0x25df170) at /usr/src/debug/smooth-tasks-src-wip-2009-11-26/applet/SmoothTasks/TaskbarLayout.cpp:40
#2 0x00007f92746410a8 in SmoothTasks::TaskbarLayout::clear (this=0x25e0f80, forceDeleteItems=true)
at /usr/src/debug/smooth-tasks-src-wip-2009-11-26/applet/SmoothTasks/TaskbarLayout.cpp:1012
#3 0x00007f927462066f in ~Applet (this=0x25e5500) at /usr/src/debug/smooth-tasks-src-wip-2009-11-26/applet/SmoothTasks/Applet.cpp:132
#4 0x00007f9296044e3d in QObject::event (this=0x25e5500, e=0x2387c40) at kernel/qobject.cpp:1235
#5 0x00007f9296da91ab in QGraphicsWidget::event (this=0x25e5500, event=0x2387c40) at graphicsview/qgraphicswidget.cpp:1362
#6 0x00007f929676c40c in QApplicationPrivate::notify_helper (this=0x141d3d0, receiver=0x25e5500, e=0x2387c40) at kernel/qapplication.cpp:4242
#7 0x00007f9296772a2d in QApplication::notify (this=0x1404000, receiver=0x25e5500, e=0x2387c40) at kernel/qapplication.cpp:4125
#8 0x00007f9297902956 in KApplication::notify (this=0x1404000, receiver=0x25e5500, event=0x2387c40)
at /usr/src/debug/kdelibs-4.3.80/kdeui/kernel/kapplication.cpp:302
#9 0x00007f929603516c in QCoreApplication::notifyInternal (this=0x1404000, receiver=0x25e5500, event=0x2387c40) at kernel/qcoreapplication.cpp:704
#10 0x00007f92960378e7 in QCoreApplicationPrivate::sendPostedEvents (receiver=0x0, event_type=<value optimized out>, data=0x13fad00) at kernel/qcoreapplication.h:215
#11 0x00007f929605ebe3 in postEventSourceDispatch (s=<value optimized out>) at kernel/qcoreapplication.h:220
#12 0x00007f928fa6c4be in IA__g_main_context_dispatch (context=0x141f930) at gmain.c:1960
#13 0x00007f928fa6fe88 in g_main_context_iterate (context=0x141f930, block=<value optimized out>, dispatch=<value optimized out>, self=<value optimized out>)
at gmain.c:2591
#14 0x00007f928fa6ffb0 in IA__g_main_context_iteration (context=0x141f930, may_block=1) at gmain.c:2654
#15 0x00007f929605e723 in QEventDispatcherGlib::processEvents (this=0x13fa2f0, flags=<value optimized out>) at kernel/qeventdispatcher_glib.cpp:407
#16 0x00007f929681966e in QGuiEventDispatcherGlib::processEvents (this=0x25e3680, flags=<value optimized out>) at kernel/qguieventdispatcher_glib.cpp:202
#17 0x00007f9296033a92 in QEventLoop::processEvents (this=<value optimized out>, flags=DWARF-2 expression error: DW_OP_reg operations must be used either alone or in conjuction with DW_OP_piece.
) at kernel/qeventloop.cpp:149
#18 0x00007f9296033e6c in QEventLoop::exec (this=0x7fff2f9724f0, flags=DWARF-2 expression error: DW_OP_reg operations must be used either alone or in conjuction with DW_OP_piece.
) at kernel/qeventloop.cpp:201
#19 0x00007f9296037bab in QCoreApplication::exec () at kernel/qcoreapplication.cpp:981
#20 0x00007f9299a819d2 in kdemain (argc=<value optimized out>, argv=<value optimized out>)
at /usr/src/debug/kdebase-workspace-4.3.80/plasma/desktop/shell/main.cpp:112
#21 0x00007f92996fcafd in __libc_start_main (main=<value optimized out>, argc=<value optimized out>, ubp_av=<value optimized out>, init=<value optimized out>,
fini=<value optimized out>, rtld_fini=<value optimized out>, stack_end=0x7fff2f972878) at libc-start.c:226
#22 0x0000000000400649 in _start () at ../sysdeps/x86_64/elf/start.S:113


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 Middle click action on tooltip

 by priomsrb on: Dec 5 2009
Score 50%

Thanks for adding the middle click action.

It would be perfect if the tooltips could be middle clicked as well. Then 'highlight windows' will finally be used to its full potential :)

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 Sticky tooltip.

 by veeall on: Dec 6 2009
Score 50%

Thanks for the applet, i was longing for middle-click closable tasks like in kde3, but this is even better with manual sorting etc.

One feature request is keep popping in my mind if it is possible to make tooltip to stay visible after a mouseover event. Maybe "sticky" button next to close button in tooltip area or something like that. For tv/video previews or etc. Then, of course, another nice addition would be to be able to resize stickied tooltip freely to provide better look whats going on inside an app on another desktop.

Something like that is already possible, however, using kwin effects plugin. While taskbar tooltip method would be more ergonomical imho, i'm not too sure if this feature is worth implementing.

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 Kubuntu 9.10

 by BigCityCat on: Dec 12 2009
Score 50%

This widget is available in the repositories with Kubuntu.

It's called plasma-widget.stasks

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 Re: Kubuntu 9.10

 by BigCityCat on: Dec 12 2009
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 Re: Re: Kubuntu 9.10

 by panzi on: Dec 13 2009
Score 50%

Well, but STasks is another project. It is the project I forked, but I renamed my fork to Smooth Tasks for a reason: lots of changes! And the developer of STasks said he will update his applet some day, so this would then be a name conflict.

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 by BigCityCat on: Dec 12 2009
Score 50%

Try it with a customised theme by importing the Rhapsody theme and setting tooltips to rhapsody in desktop theme details.

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 by BigCityCat on: Dec 12 2009
Score 50%

Oh I'm sorry I didn't realise smooth tasks and stasks were different. Even though they very similar.

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