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Plasmaboard

   1.0  

Plasmoid Binary

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Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  1772
Submitted:  Mar 29 2009
Updated:  Aug 8 2010

Description:

This is the first virtual keyboard for plasma. I made it for everyone who is using a touchscreen or plans to use one.

This is now part of the kdeplasma-addons package for KDE 4.4.

PLEASE PROVIDE ME WITH FEEDBACK!

There are some requirements for compiling. Check out the following from the readme.

PLEASE REPORT BUGS IN THE COMMENTS

REQUIREMENTS:
- You need a working GNU Compiler toolchain.
- Cmake
- KDE Headers files (kde development packages)
- Xlib Header files (X develpment packages)
- XTest Extension Header files (X develpment packages)
- QT Header files (QT development packages)


HOW TO INSTALL

In the main directory run
- cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config --prefix`
- make
- make install/strip (as root or: sudo make install/strip )


KNOWN ISSUES

KNOWN ISSUES

- Plasmaboard does only (!) work when you place it in the panel. You can place it on the desktop but clicking on its buttons will do nothing

- When pressing "Alt Gr" the symbols on the keyboard do not adapt. This is an issue with the underlying X-Function, which seems
only to do mapping for the shift key correctly. No known solution yet. Despite of that AltGr works as expected

- When changing the xkb-modmap, plasmaboard does not adapt automatically. You need to force the relabeling of the keys. Press "Shift" for example

- Backspace key does not work in eclipse. Don't know why. If you find other applications in which plasmaboard doesn't work as expected, please report




Changelog:


1.0:
This is the version of plasmaboard shipped with KDE 4.5.0 plus a bugfix. I provide it here for everyone still using KDE 4.4.

Advantages over the 4.4 version are quite big. Read here:
http://btux1984.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/kdes-onscreen-keyboard/

0.91:
- Fixed building bug

0.9:
- WARNING: This is not compatible with KDE 4.2 anymore!
- Will be part of KDE 4.4. kdeplasma-addons
- Improved labeling of keys and its performance
- Added transparency to key notifications
- Added tooltip for the keyboard
- Enhanced scaling behaviour inside of a plasma panel

0.8:
- There is now a text label on the keyboard for switching between the basic and the extended layout. I think it is necessary that you can switch between them without using the context menu. However - if you have a bette idea how to provide this switching functionality please let me know.

0.7:
- Font size on buttons is now scaled with the size of the keyboard
- That means the key label will always fit onto the keys (minus some bad translations)
- the popup showing the last pressed key is working far better now

0.6:
- Much code cleanup
- Fixed bug concerning the switch between layouts
- Shows the last pressed key in a tooltip

Added the patch for kdelibs, that need to be applied for getting plasmaboard working on KDE 4.2.3/4.2.4 . Perhaps some package mantainers can add it to their packages?

0.51:
- Fix for plasmaboard loosing focus when opened. This needs a patch for KDE which is NOT in the vanilla 4.2.4 packages. Hope to get some package maintainers patching their distro packages. It does work on coming KDE 4.3 releases, RC1 for example.
- Added missing gpl stuff for packaging
- nothing else, sorry, no time

0.5:
- Clicking on keys like Control, Alt or Meta deactivates them now
- Closing the keyboard clears all pressed function keys
- Extended mode now provides a keyboard

0.4.2:
Bugfix. Arrows on keys should be visible with every correct plasma theme now.

0.4.1
Just a small build-fix. If 0.4 it built for you, you don't need it.
0.4 still has a problem with unreadable labels on some keys. That's a problem with some plasma-themes I still have to investigate. In glassified and aya it works.

0.4:
Enter, Tab, Shift, Caps, Backspace and ArrowKeys now have arrows painted on instead of a text label

0.3:
Plasmaboard does now have all keys you might need. You can switch to the old basic layout via the conextmenu.

0.2:
Many changes in the code. But you will notice the following enhancements:
- keyboard is now fully scalable in all directions
- symbols are repeated if you keep the key pressed
- Changed WIN-label to META
- Most "known issues" are gone

0.1.1: Bugfix. Function keys work now.
(Enter, Backspace and so on didn't work in 0.1. Uh, that's painful). Changed labeling of Control and Enter-Key

0.1: Initial version




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(Patch for kdelibs 4.2.3/4.2.4)
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 Bad link

 
 by mkbiker on: Sep 23 2009
 
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Link with patch for kdelib is broken :(


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 Re: Bad link

 
 by Jinidog on: Sep 23 2009
 
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Sorry, I repaired that. Still not having upgraded to KDE 4.3? ;)


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 Suggestion

 
 by pipaceliny on: Oct 13 2009
 
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Please add a KDE4 tooltip over icon when plasmoid is in plasma panel and the mouse is put over it.


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 Re: Suggestion

 
 by Jinidog on: Oct 14 2009
 
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Okay, added it in KDE 4.4 trunk


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 Can't build it on KDE 4.3.2

 
 by buschmann23 on: Nov 1 2009
 
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When I try to build version 0.9 on KDE 4.3.2 (openSUSE 11.2 RC2, Qt 4.5.3), the build fails with the following messages:

http://pastebin.ca/1652189

The build environment should be correct, other plasmoids build with no problems.

Another problem was the CMakeLists.txt, which missed
Quote:

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.6)

find_package(KDE4 REQUIRED)
include(KDE4Defaults)


Is version 0.9 not suitable for KDE 4.3.2?

Best greetings


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 Re: Can't build it on KDE 4.3.2

 
 by Jinidog on: Nov 4 2009
 
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Thanks for reporting! 0.9 is perfectly compatible with KDE 4.3.2 - you just won't have much luck with KDE 4.2

Ich messed up the cmake file and reverted that. Try version 0.91


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 Re: Re: Can't build it on KDE

 
 by buschmann23 on: Nov 4 2009
 
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Yes, now it works. :)


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 Nice application!

 
 by seld on: Nov 17 2009
 
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A I understand this KDE 4 might get this nice application as an 'official' virtual keyboard. Even better would if it will integrate with KDE Lock Screen ( http://forum.kde.org/brainstorm.php#idea83301 ).

I have used the plasmaboard a little bit and here are some of my thoughts (maybe they will interest you):

1) It would be nice if the keyboard will be movable (at the moment it seems to be stuck to the place, where plasmoid icon is placed).

2) A handy feature is lockable Meta(Win) button (just like Alt, Shift and Control), as Meta can be handy in various keyboard shortcuts too (especially if have a few dozens of them).

3) If button is locked (Meta, Alt, Shift, Control), I think, it will be more clear to somehow highlight it (maybe, with different color). So if you lock, for example Meta _and_ Shift you can clearly see it.

4) It would be nice if plasmaboard will be the first Linux virtual keyboard to work with Firefox 'Smart' address bar.

Virtual keyboards do not work well with Firefox >= 3.0 'Smart' address bar. 'Smart' addressbar steals focus (which makes it ignore keyboard chars) and does not respect 'keep above others' getting on top of the virtual keyboard. And that happens with ALL virtual keyboards I have tested (xvkbd, kvkbd, viki, cellwriter). By the way Windows Vista's virtual keyboard somehow works with Firefox 'Smart' bar just fine.

Thank your for your work and Good luck!

Andrey


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 Nice application!

 
 by seld on: Nov 17 2009
 
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A I understand this KDE 4 might get this nice application as an 'official' virtual keyboard. Even better would if it will integrate with KDE Lock Screen ( http://forum.kde.org/brainstorm.php#idea83301 ).

I have used the plasmaboard a little bit and here are some of my thoughts (maybe they will interest you):

1) It would be nice if the keyboard will be movable (at the moment it seems to be stuck to the place, where plasmoid icon is placed).

2) A handy feature is lockable Meta(Win) button (just like Alt, Shift and Control), as Meta can be handy in various keyboard shortcuts too (especially if have a few dozens of them).

3) If button is locked (Meta, Alt, Shift, Control), I think, it will be more clear to somehow highlight it (maybe, with different color). So if you lock, for example Meta _and_ Shift you can clearly see it.

4) It would be nice if plasmaboard will be the first Linux virtual keyboard to work with Firefox 'Smart' address bar.

Virtual keyboards do not work well with Firefox >= 3.0 'Smart' address bar. 'Smart' addressbar steals focus (which makes it ignore keyboard chars) and does not respect 'keep above others' getting on top of the virtual keyboard. And that happens with ALL virtual keyboards I have tested (xvkbd, kvkbd, viki, cellwriter). By the way Windows Vista's virtual keyboard somehow works with Firefox 'Smart' bar just fine.

Thank your for your work and Good luck!

Andrey


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 Re: Nice application!

 
 by seld on: Nov 17 2009
 
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Oops... Sory for double post. Firefox does not love me...


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 Re: Nice application!

 
 by Jinidog on: Nov 18 2009
 
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Have many thanks for your feedback! The more the better plasmaboard can get.

Indeed, plasmaboard will be part of KDE 4.4's kdeplasma-addons package. So it is not fully integrated into KDE yet. But maybe we can move it on in KDE 4.5. (btw, got the impression, that some KDE devs don't like plasma for doing important things - very strange)
So, no chance for getting this into the lock screen for 4.4

Answering your points:
1) I will take back with the KDE devs for that. Currently plasmaboard is a Popup-Applet. And they are not meant for floating on the desktop. Currently there is no option I know to have a plasmoid above your windows. Although I can think of many usecases for that...

2) I see. Will change that.

3) You are right. I will make the keys keeping a pressed state

4) Ah, not much chance. Cannot do much about it. I use the same functions of xorg for creating faked key events as every other keyboard. If they don't work, I don't know a solution.
But I'll look into this. Focus is one of the biggest problems I have with plasmaboard


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 Re: Re: Nice application!

 
 by seld on: Nov 19 2009
 
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Great! You answer very quickly...

Concerning point 4) I think I should file a bug report to my distribution (openSUSE) Bugzilla. That way, I hope, It would be more clear where it should go upstream - to Mozilla or X.Org developers.


And I almost forgot one small thing: keyboard layout changes nicely just as it would with real keyboard (through Caps Lock in my system). And the characters it generates are also correct. However, keyboard itself still shows English keyboard layout. I tried switching to Russian, German, Croatian Turkish, Georgian.

It is quite a challenging task to type, for example, Russian on virtual keyboard with English layout.

Andrey


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 Re: Re: Re: Nice application!

 
 by Jinidog on: Nov 20 2009
 
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Difficult thing. Hope that a developer with a non-english keyboard layout can do something about it. I know only english layouts.


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 1.0 incompatible with KDE 4.4

 
 by ThAnderson on: Dec 10 2010
 
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As you write
"… I provide it here for everyone still using KDE 4.4."

you should probably know, that plasmaboard 1.0 will not compile against KDE 4.4:

In member function 'void Tooltip::updateMask()':
tooltip.cpp:89: error: 'enableBlurBehind' is not a member of 'Plasma::WindowEffects'

As described on http://api.kde.org/4.x-api/kdelibs-apidocs/plasma/html/namespacePlasma_1_1WindowEffects.html, the function enableBlurBehind was not part of KDE before 4.5.


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