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Smooth Tasks


Plasmoid Binary

Score 94%
Smooth Tasks

Smooth Tasks

Smooth Tasks

Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  20600
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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 Go Go Go!!!

 by martosurf on: May 21 2010
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Running it on Arch x64 + SC 4.4.3, awesome, thanks for this :D

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 disabling 'busy' notification

 by atrox on: May 24 2010
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Is there a way to disable the 'busy' notification? It looks horrible to my mind, probably because it reminds me of a game X-Com that had similarly moving aliens :)

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 Are we going to see any update

 by steverweber on: May 26 2010
Score 50%

If there is not going to be anymore updates then perhaps someone should fork or take over this project... perhaps I will be that person :(

I want to see PINing!!!!
someone made a patch for it a while back... why has this not bin committed?

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 Re: Are we going to see any update

 by gravy on: May 27 2010
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The fork is here
but it is really buggy and panzi wrote that he doesn't want to make any changes until it will be merged.

Here are some problems you can fix
1) tiny icons/big margins - with the same size of panel icons are much smaller. It looks that the margins are too big. . This is problem mainly with smaller panels.
2) lights - the default setting of margins (without custom margins workarounds) should be the same like in the original smooth-tasks (3px) now it is too big

Other that can be improved in the new version:
- Minimal and maximal button width should be near each other. Or better solution is removing the Expanding size option and make new option of interval min/max expanded size. Default setting should be min=max=175.
- Instead of Minimal Icon Space there should be Minimal Ratio of Frame, it is more logical and now it behaves strange with some small icons (for example the plasmoidviewer icon). The ratio should be limited from 1 to infty.
- The option Anchor Light (vertically, horizontally) is not called correctly when the applet is in vertical position. But I have no idea how to call it to avoid confusion :)

Other problems in the old version:
- is there really necessary to set exactly the Move duration, Highlight Delay, Frames per Second, Animation Duration ans Animation speed? There should be in one option Animation Speed, from fast to slow. (Or even more heretic idea, use the settings of animation speed in Desktop effects)
- the should be delay between moving pointer on the applet and hovering of the tooltip, check the WIN7
- add the kinetics Qt animations
- add pinning feature, but with pinning, there is the problem that the fancy tasks developer wrote that he will make a new library with some new features so it can be duplicate effort

But if you think that you can help, you should try.

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 feature request

 by OdinEidolon on: Jun 1 2010
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hi, I thoght that a nice feature would be to let the tasks show in the middle of the plasmoid instead of only on the left side, just for us symmetric folk. Shouldn't be too hard.

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 works great

 by shadyabhi on: Jun 13 2010
Score 50%

thanks for the nice plasmoid.. Running it [erfectly on Arch64 with KDE 4.4.4

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 Dwm style window goruping

 by nishantjr on: Jun 20 2010
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It would be really cool if you could implement dwm-style task grouping,
Eg: 1 group for chat, 1 for browsing, 1 for devel etc, it would go really well with the new kwin tiling feature

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