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Smooth Tasks

   wip-2010-11-06  

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Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  20148
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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 Right to Left layout

 
 by MisterB on: Dec 23 2009
 
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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 panzi on: Dec 25 2009
 
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This is for Right-to-Left (RTL) environments like Hebrew or Arabic. If you configure a RTL locale you get all layouts and text alignments reversed. I just ensured that Smooth Tasks also works in these environments. This is not an application setting but an environment setting. If you want to start a single (Qt) application in RTL mode you can pass the -reverse option. E.g.:
plasmoidviewer smooth-tasks --reverse

For more such Qt options see:
plasmoidviewer --help-qt


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 good

 
 by TheRob on: Jan 5 2010
 
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This is a very good plasmoid, I like it.

I dunno how soon you are planning on
supporting kde 4.4 if at all, but the
show only tasks from this desktop feature
seems to be broken in 4.4.
(it shows all tasks no matter of settings)

also, I would find it usable if one could
set the amount of padding in px for the
"rectangle" mode, since with a bigger panel
even the rectangle mode looks very square.

I'm no coder but in my eyes that seems like
a relatively easy thing to do.

anyways, voted up as everybody else!

//Robert


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 whoooops!

 
 by TheRob on: Jan 5 2010
 
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really sorry! I didn't at first notice
the bugreport site....


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 Re: good

 
 by panzi on: Jan 6 2010
 
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I'll support KDE 4.4 when there are stable packages for Fedora (and I have time). I won't install a beta release of KDE.


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 Re: Re: good

 
 by Schiwi on: Jan 8 2010
 
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I have no problems with smoothtasks in 4.4
Ok, the update fail and i have to compile smoothtasks from source again, but thats all
the "show only tasks from this desktop feature" is working fine too


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 Re: Re: Re: good

 
 by TheRob on: Jan 9 2010
 
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huh? hmmm, and you're compiling latest
from hg?


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 Ubuntu-Packages for KDE 4.4

 
 by McDV on: Jan 10 2010
 
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Hi everyone!

In fact the available packages don't work unter KDE SC 4.4, so you have to compile it yourself. Even when upgrading from Beta 2 to RC1 plasma will crash.

To solve this, I have compiled my own deb-packages for Kubuntu 9.10 32bit. Anyone who likes can download and use them:

For use with KDE SC 4.4 RC1 use this one: http://www.speedshare.org/download.php?id=463C0A9511

For KDE SC 4.4 Beta2 you will need this one: http://www.speedshare.org/download.php?id=A6916FF011

Hope you enjoy! :)


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 Is there help file

 
 by lhorace on: Jan 10 2010
 
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How do you configure this widget to stay on top --- Also, can you add icons to it --- I tried dragging a few widgets onto it, but it doesn't work?


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 Smooth Tasks KDE 4.4 RC1 AMD64

 
 by brian420 on: Jan 10 2010
 
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Being almost unable to live without the greatness that is SmoothTasks, I have taken the liberty to build an AMD64 deb built on Ubuntu 9.10 on KDE 4.4 RC1. To my knowledge, this is the first available AMD64 package built on the latest KDE 4.4 SC release candidate (RC1)

Enjoy:

http://www.phearedcreations.com/smoothtasks_20100110-1_amd64.deb


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 Re: Smooth Tasks KDE 4.4 RC1 AMD64

 
 by brian420 on: Jan 10 2010
 
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I should also mention that it works perfectly on a default install, and will not endlessly crash plasma-desktop.


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 Re: Re: Smooth Tasks KDE 4.4 RC1 AMD64

 
 by colokalle on: Jan 10 2010
 
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Thanks a lot!

I'm also hooked on Smooth Tasks. The crashing wasn't intolerable, but the resulting Strigi suspend made it so that KMail/Akonadi bombed.

Thanks again.

Kalle


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 Re: Smooth Tasks KDE 4.4 RC1 AMD64

 
 by brian420 on: Jan 11 2010
 
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You are more than welcome, glad you were able to use it. :)


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 Re: Re: Re: Smooth Tasks KDE 4.4 RC1 AMD64

 
 by timorei on: Jan 11 2010
 
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Wait, are you saying that this was due to an outdated smooth task on my end? *starting to get hopes up again*


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 Launcher Support

 
 by Anywhere on: Jan 18 2010
 
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Considering how long it might take for the KDE side to address bug 207902, would it be possible to temporarily add launcher support without it? It should be possible, if planned carefully, to code in a way that would allow one to easily rip out one implementation and retrofit another, so that it could easily be re-done the "right" way when available.

Without launcher support in the mean time, the closest thing to MacOS Dock and Win7 taskbar (which between the two of them are now the new "normal" way program launchers work) the only thing even available on Linux that comes close is Docky, which is designed for Gnome, requires mono, and otherwise has its own set of issues.


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 Re: Launcher Support

 
 by panzi on: Jan 19 2010
 
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If launcher support would be that easy to implement I would have done it already. The problem is: libtaskmanager provides a framework for task item. It sends me events about new and removed items, their state and ordering. I would have to wrap all this functionality in order to mix my own item types into it. Smooth Tasks is not designed for that, I would need major refactoring to do that even semi properly. There are basically 2 options: libtaskmanager adds support for launchers (which is what should happen because KDE already knows the installed applications and understands .desktop files) or someone writes a replacement for libtaskmanager. I don't feel like working on either because I am not desperate for that feature. Also there are bigger issues in libtaskmanager (e.g. the bug with the duplicated/zombie taskbar entries).

Oh and I've heard that there are some changes in libtaskmanager in KDE 4.4 so I might need to make some adaptions when it is released before I'll do anything else. And also on my TODO list will then be a rewrite of the animations in order to use kinetic (so animations are done properly and not the hacky as they are done now). Well, I'll do that in February. As much as I will have time for. Don't know how much I will manage to get done.


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 Re: Re: Launcher Support

 
 by Anywhere on: Jan 21 2010
 
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Has there been any feedback from the KDE team, aside from the bug report, as to when/if the bug might be addressed?


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 Re: Re: Re: Launcher Support

 
 by panzi on: Jan 21 2010
 
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No. I think they have bigger problems, like a crash bug and a bug where there are duplicated/zombie taskbar items (that one is really annoying).


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