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Smooth Tasks

   wip-2010-11-06  

Plasmoid Binary

Score 94%
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Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  20218
Submitted:  Mar 24 2009
Updated:  Nov 6 2010

Description:

This is a fork of mbaszczewskis STasks plasmoid. For the original STasks code go there:
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/STasks?content=99739

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.

Update:
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:
https://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/get/tip.tar.bz2

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:
http://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/issues/

Packages:
Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora have official packages.

Fedora:
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:
http://twtpoll.com/dm5m96

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.




Changelog:

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:
http://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/src/tip/ChangeLog




LicenseGPL
Source(smooth-tasks-src-wip-2010-11-06.tar.bz2)
Source(smooth-tasks-KDE-4.3-src-wip-2010-02-12.tar.bz2)
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 Smooth-Tasks KDE 4.3.80 crash

 
 by jmdsdf on: Dec 16 2009
 
Score 50%

Mikala, you're one above me! I can't run Smooth Tasks at all since my upgrade to KDE 4.3.80. Any ideas? Does a back trace help--I realize there's no debugging symbols?


df@jmdsdf:~$ gdb --args plasmoidviewer smooth-tasks
[...]
(gdb) run
Starting program: /usr/bin/plasmoidviewer smooth-tasks
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
plasmoidviewer(19174)/plasma main: setting FormFactor to "planar"
plasmoidviewer(19174)/plasma main: setting Location to "floating"
plasmoidviewer(19174)/plasma main: setting containment to "null"
plasmoidviewer(19174)/plasma main: setting auth policy
plasmoidviewer(19174)/plasma main: just load applet
plasmoidviewer(19174)/plasma FullView::addApplet: adding applet "smooth-tasks" in "null"
plasmoidviewer(19174)/libplasma Plasma::CoronaPrivate::addContainment: loading of containment "null" failed.
plasmoidviewer(19174)/kdecore (KSycoca) KSycocaPrivate::openDatabase: Trying to open ksycoca from "/var/tmp/kdecache-df/ksycoca4"
findServiceByDesktopPath: not found
plasmoidviewer(19174)/libplasma Plasma::AppletPrivate::init: Check your constructor! You probably want to be passing in a Service::Ptr or a QVariantList with a valid storageid as arg[0].
Object::connect: No such slot TaskManager::GroupManager::reconnect()
plasmoidviewer(19174)/plasma TaskManager::GroupManager::reconnect:

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x00000000 in ?? ()
(gdb)

(gdb) bt
#0 0x00000000 in ?? ()
#1 0x062c2497 in ?? () from /usr/lib/kde4/plasma_applet_smooth-tasks.so
#2 0x062c6e8f in ?? () from /usr/lib/kde4/plasma_applet_smooth-tasks.so
#3 0x062b33dd in ?? () from /usr/lib/kde4/plasma_applet_smooth-tasks.so
#4 0x062b7f17 in ?? () from /usr/lib/kde4/plasma_applet_smooth-tasks.so
#5 0x0795a95a in QMetaObject::metacall(QObject*, QMetaObject::Call, int, void**) () from /usr/lib/libQtCore.so.4
#6 0x079690db in QMetaObject::activate(QObject*, QMetaObject const*, int, void**) () from /usr/lib/libQtCore.so.4
#7 0x03050283 in TaskManager::TaskGroup::itemAdded(TaskManager::AbstractGroupableItem*) () from /usr/lib/libtaskmanager.so.4
#8 0x030512b3 in TaskManager::TaskGroup::add(TaskManager::AbstractGroupableItem*) () from /usr/lib/libtaskmanager.so.4
#9 0x0304257d in ?? () from /usr/lib/libtaskmanager.so.4
#10 0x0303d88c in ?? () from /usr/lib/libtaskmanager.so.4
#11 0x0303dd0d in ?? () from /usr/lib/libtaskmanager.so.4
#12 0x0303e394 in TaskManager::GroupManager::setGroupingStrategy(TaskManager::GroupManager::TaskGroupingStrategy) () from /usr/lib/libtaskmanager.so.4
#13 0x062b71fc in ?? () from /usr/lib/kde4/plasma_applet_smooth-tasks.so
#14 0x062b7ee3 in ?? () from /usr/lib/kde4/plasma_applet_smooth-tasks.so
#15 0x0795a95a in QMetaObject::metacall(QObject*, QMetaObject::Call, int, void**) () from /usr/lib/libQtCore.so.4
#16 0x079690db in QMetaObject::activate(QObject*, QMetaObject const*, int, void**) () from /usr/lib/libQtCore.so.4
#17 0x062af837 in ?? () from /usr/lib/kde4/plasma_applet_smooth-tasks.so
#18 0x062b2c24 in ?? () from /usr/lib/kde4/plasma_applet_smooth-tasks.so
#19 0x001c9c6f in Plasma::Containment::addApplet(Plasma::Applet*, QPointF const&, bool) () from /usr/lib/libplasma.so.3
#20 0x001c9f4d in ?? () from /usr/lib/libplasma.so.3
#21 0x001ca1c9 in Plasma::Containment::addApplet(QString const&, QList<QVariant> const&, QRectF const&) () from /usr/lib/libplasma.so.3
#22 0x0804dd7e in _start ()
(gdb)


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 Re: Smooth-Tasks KDE 4.3.80 crash

 
 by mikala on: Dec 16 2009
 
Score 50%

You should at least recompile it for kde 4.3.80.
The only problem i've got currently is a crash of plasma-desktop when removing the applet from taskbar.


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 Re: Smooth-Tasks crash: SOLVED

 
 by jmdsdf on: Dec 16 2009
 
Score 50%

Thank you! That was exactly the problem! It now runs perfectly after re-compiling for KDE 4.3.80. I still have the same problem as you do on exit, but I think I can live with that until the author updates.


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 Re: Re: Smooth-Tasks KDE 4.3.80 crash

 
 by Zorael on: Dec 17 2009
 
Score 50%

Works for me as well after manually recompiling.

Additional to crashing plasma when removing from a panel, it doesn't seem to be able to handle tabbed windows properly. Entries don't get expanded when focused. Not too surprising, I suppose.

The author said on the bitbucket page that he won't update the widget to work with 4.4 betas, so we'll have to wait until 4.4 release unless someone else submits patches.


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 Activity issue

 
 by cRoMo on: Dec 19 2009
 
Score 50%

It seems that window activity notification does not work. Was it actually supposed to?
Take for example a chat window that I minimized prior to testing. When the other part writes something and the window stays minimized, I see no notification nor anything else. I can only see that the taskbar item blinks when I hoover over it and it extends its size (I have that option turn on).
I think this is a major issue and forces me to go back to standard KDE task bar for the time being.

Let me know if I can explain it more.


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 Re: Activity issue

 
 by panzi on: Dec 25 2009
 
Score 50%

This sounds like an old bug Smooth Tasks once had. Are you sure you use the newest version?


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 Re: Re: Activity issue

 
 by cRoMo on: Dec 26 2009
 
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I am sure. How can I help you to resolve the issue?


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 Re: Re: Re: Activity issue

 
 by panzi on: Dec 26 2009
 
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AFAIK the issue is resolved. What exactly are the settings you use in the first tab under appearance?


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Activity issue

 
 by cRoMo on: Dec 28 2009
 
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Task shape: Rectangle
Space between Tasks: 5px
Icon scale: 80%
Don't rotate frames: false
Draw Text Shadow: true
Switch Tasks using Wheel: true
Expand Tasks: true
Expanding size: 200px
Keep expanded: Active
Expand on Attention: true
Expand on Hover: true
Lights: true
Color from Icon: true
As only Hover Effect: true

I observe the issue here only when using a Kadu IM client, as I don't know any other way to trigger the the system bell/window response request. How would you test it?


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Activity issue

 
 by panzi on: Dec 28 2009
 
Score 50%

Strange. For me these exact settings work. Are you completely sure you use the newest version?


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Activity issue

 
 by cRoMo on: Dec 29 2009
 
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Yes, I have the 20091206 version here.

But how do you test it? It's possible that the IM application I use does something unusual that is still supported by KDE's stock taskbar plasmoid.
Let me test it your way.



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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Activity issue

 
 by panzi on: Dec 29 2009
 
Score 50%

The question is "how is it implemented". And the answer to that: I just react to a state change of the task when the "demands attention" flag is set and then draw the appropriate effect.

Maybe I uploaded the wrong sources. Will check that... well, some day when I feel like it.

Today I'm very frustrated because my graphics card is defective. Getting a graphics card refunded between Christmas and new year? You might encounter a "tiny" queue at the shop. Damn it, I bought it at Easter. Yesterday it worked fine, today I turn on the computer and the image is all green so you can't really read anything without getting eye cancer. Luckily I've two output ports on my GeForce and the other one seems to work ok. But using a half defective graphics card that got magically defective over night? Not a good feeling. I better get it replaced before it expires. But then, when I send it in for testing, what do I do in between?? Flip the bits on my HD with a magnet? I guess I will by I new graphics card (even though my current one isn't that old) and when I get the replacement I sell it on ebay or something.

This year my monitor got defective as well. I bought a new much bigger one. I found a very good offer, an acer widescreen (1920x1080) for a very good price (all other monitors with equal properties where much more expensive). So at least there is an upside. Still, I hate computers. To bad that developing software is exactly what I want to do for a living. Why must life be so contradictory?

(end of rant)



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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Activity issue

 
 by cRoMo on: Dec 29 2009
 
Score 50%

Don't bother with more testing. I needed to use Kopete today for some reason and noticed that the notification works just fine for it. So I did more research and it turns that it's the Kadu IM client issue which is known and supposed to be fixed in next release.
Yet I find it strange notification works fine on stock taskbar plasmoid.

What I recommend though is that put an information in README file/project description that some software may be buggy and can cause such issue, eg. Kadu IM client.

And regarding your ranting, did you make sure that it's not your power supply or the mo-bo that caused the graphic cards failures?



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 Tool tip delay

 
 by tanghus on: Dec 21 2009
 
Score 50%

I cannot find a way to delay tool tips showing when hovering the task manager. Tried the different settings but none seems to change the behaviour. I have my task manager at the top of the screen and often accidently hovers a task which leads me to clicking on the tool tip and raise a window. Is it possible now or is this just a wish from a clumsy user ;-)

Anyways I really enjoy Smooth Tasks. It's way better than the built in task manager.


/Thomas
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 Re: Tool tip delay

 
 by panzi on: Dec 25 2009
 
Score 50%

For now this setting isn't separated from the animation duration. You can change this, but I see that this is suboptimal. I'll change this to a separated option some day.


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 Bug with alt tab order

 
 by onguarde on: Dec 22 2009
 
Score 50%

When using smooth task, the default order of alt tab seems to be messed up i.e Alt tabbing once doesn't go back to the previously selecting application but instead to the next one in the application group.

Specifically, this only happens if you activate the window via clicking the application icon once(which activates the most recently activated window in the application group). Selecting the window directly still works fine though.


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 Manual Grouping

 
 by citizen247 on: Dec 23 2009
 
Score 50%

Hi, I've been using this on numerous distros and it's working great. Just a quick question, in the default KDE task-manager you have the option of manually grouping tasks, would this be possible to add to smooth tasks as well? It would be great to group some unlike things if they're all part of the same task, while keeping too instances of my web browser separate, if possible.

Cheers.


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 Re: Manual Grouping

 
 by panzi on: Dec 25 2009
 
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Yes, it is possible. It just has to be implemented. I don't use it so I haven't implemented this yet. I'll implement this when I really get bored and have time. I accept patches (or merge requests), though.


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 Right to Left layout

 
 by MisterB on: Dec 23 2009
 
Score 50%

Hi!

I just noticed, that in the code there is an option, to change task items layout to "right to left" (QApplication::isRightToLeft()) - so that tasks are aligned to the right side of the applet area. I compiled smooth-tasks with such layout, and it seems to work fine. My question is - why is that option not available nowhere in smooth-tasks config dialogs? Is this feature buggy or something ? Anything I should be aware of if I want to keep using this "self altered" version ?

Thanks!

cheers,
Bart


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 Re: Right to Left layout

 
 by solo2101 on: Dec 24 2011
 
Score 50%

how did you do this?


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