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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:  20093
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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 Iconless??

 
 by acoples on: Feb 10 2011
 
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Is there a way to hide the icons in the tasks?, I mean an option like tint2 or other panels has, to leave only the text name of the aplications instead of only the icon like it already has?


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 Launcher

 
 by aTanCS on: Feb 21 2011
 
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I've tried an Advanced option for windows "Show a launcher for Appname when it is not running" and it seems it doesn't work. I can see just an empty box instead of the luncher.


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 by se3n on: Feb 25 2011
 
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Great work :P i love it + :)


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 update?

 
 by nerdykid on: Mar 15 2011
 
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I think the description should be updated to include the new KDE 4.6 version of smooth tasks.

I'm using the https://bitbucket.org/jimi312/smooth-tasks-kde-sc-4.6 version on 4.6 and have launcher activity support, its great!


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 Fluppâs fork updated

 
 by Flupp on: Mar 16 2011
 
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I have integrated the current code from panzi, jimi312 and the Turkish translation from maidis into my repository, which you may already know:

https://bitbucket.org/flupp/smooth-tasks-fork

The outstanding new feature of my fork is the variable size of task buttons depending on the length of the window title.

There are some issues with launchers, but I have the same issues with the default task bar of KDE, so I think it’s a problem of libtaskmanager.

If you encounter any other issues, feel free to use my bug tracker at bitbucket, but I cannot guarantee to fix them in near or distant future.


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 Missing launchers

 
 by NetCutter on: Mar 17 2011
 
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I've just noticed, that Smooth Tasks does not show the attached launchers.

I mean, in open window -> right click on it's icon -> Advanced -> Show a Launcher for *** when it's not running.

But this feature works only with the default task manager. Is it possible to be fixed in smooth tasks?


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