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KDE Improvement

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Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 3.2.x
Downloads:  118465
Submitted:  Apr 18 2004
Updated:  Aug 16 2004


A kool dock for KDE. It attemps to resemble the Mac OSX dock. Check out the screenshots.


App Launcher.
On Screen text display (over icons).
Drag&Drop app list.
Nice hide-show animation.
Xinerama support.

Check out the CVS:

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VIDEO: KoolDock 0.1 in action!!
If you experience problems compiling KoolDock please do the following:
# make -f Makefile.dist
# ./configure
# make; make install

A weekly CVS based Debian Unstable (SID) package is now generated at :
This is an unofficial package provided by a KoolDock user (by mike at harlaut dot net)... Thanks.


KoolDock 0.3:
- Added: Translation support (i18n): Spanish (complete), Swedish (complete), Polish (not fully up to date).
- Added: Mouse Wheel over Dock now switches Desktop.
- Added: Launcher icons can now be sorted through Launcher List.
- Added: Move to Desktop/Go To Desktop (Taskbar/Nav. Bar).
- Added: New option to Nav. Bar: Task List.
- Added: Theme support for KoolDock Background (5 themes).
- Added: Run launcher as different user.
- Added: It is now possible to tell KoolDock to manage all windows or those in the present Desktop.
- Added: Active window icon is now highlighted.
- Improved: Xinerama Support (user configurable screen resolution).
- Updated: About dialog information.
- Patches: Text Shadow Patch (thanks to William Ekholm).
- Fixed: KMenu and mousemove event: sigsegv (thanks to Jared Grubb).
- Fixed: Minor fixes and Optimizations.
- Experimental: Systray Support (do not use it unless you want to help us with this).

KoolDock 0.2
- Fixed separator issue, now it is drawed only when necessary.
- Fixed configuration - separator issue (now it is not disabled).
- Fixed setupdialog and appdialog resizing.
- Xinerama support (in preferences).
- Navigation Menu + clock (available through KoolDock menu).
- Screenshot of minimized windows (only through KoolDock menu).
- Added "Hide on click" (Hide KoolDock after clicking on an icon).
- Added "Show after"; how long the mouse must be at bottom of the
screen before showing the dock.
- Added "Run from Terminal" and "Keep Terminal Open" in the add
launcher dialog (useful for console applications, e.g: top, vim).
- Rewrote "Ignore List"; now it is possible to grab windows names.
- Proper tooltips in the "Preference Dialog"
- Optimization to the background drawing rutine.
- Major code clean-up (still needs more).
- Minor fixes.

(KoolDock 0.3 Official - Source)
(CVS AutoGenerated Tarball)
(Debian Sid - unofficial - 0.2)
(Archlinux 0.6 - unofficial - 0.2)
(Gentoo - unofficial - 0.3)
(Mandrake 10 - unofficial - 0.3)
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 Thats nice !

 by wurz25 on: Apr 21 2004
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The weel funtionality of kxdocker should implemented too.

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 Re: Thats nice !

 by Superstoned on: Apr 21 2004
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yeah, well, why not simply copy whole kxdocker code and start working on it??? I like this dock, but its (useless) code duplication again...

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 Re: Re: Thats nice !

 by ipv4 on: Apr 22 2004
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Actually its based on ksmoothdock, not kxdocker whatever that is.

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 Re: Re: Re: Thats ni

 by Superstoned on: Apr 22 2004
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I'm sorry, I like the fact you want to make someting GPL, and I'm sure ppl appreciate it, but there are now so many OS-X-like dockers...

kxdocker has the features your dock has, and more, maybe you can help the autor, or, if you dont like his work, fork his work??

Or maybe he wants to help you, I dont really care what happens - I'm just sorry for all the duplication... its such a waste...


but anyway thanks for the work.

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 stupid question

 by deech on: Apr 21 2004
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but afer compiling, and installing, how do i run it? :(

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 Re: stupid question

 by ipv4 on: Apr 22 2004
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Write "kooldock" on a console (xterm, konsole, etc).

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 Some Bugs in 0.1

 by lucher on: Apr 22 2004
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only some issues:

o the config dialog (first tab is not readable due to too small windoe size), idea: use hidden scrollbars

o when the bar is hidden and I hover the mouse over it it should be shown with the dynamic icon zooming. But if you don't hit a "hidden icon" (but eg. the space between to icons) with your mouse then the koolbar shows up in a weird layout and does not except any commands until I let it hide again and open it properly.

o please copy some kasbar code and give us some nice thumbnail views of at least minimized windows

o finally I agree with the first writer: why yet another OS X bar?


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 Re: Some Bugs in 0.1

 by ipv4 on: Apr 22 2004
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Because the others do not fit our expectations.

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 Re: Some Bugs in 0.1

 by lucher on: Apr 23 2004
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some more:

o If I use kooldock as taskbar only, it shouldn't draw the separator on the left since there are no icons where we spearate the taskbar from

o Since I can't read the configuration dialog (did you probably define the control sizes statically?) I tried all options but couldn't find one that shows only the windows of the current desktop

o The on screen display should show more infos (like desktop and a number for multiple windows, eg. 'konsole on desktop 2')

o the right-click popup menus with the task actions are originally standardised with kdelibs, see kasbar or the taskmanager applet

o how does it come that the separator moves hectically during icon zooming when the dock size actually stays constant?

o what does it mean if an icon flickers? I don't know what that is. I am running xmms and its icon flickers the whole time.

o there are (I believe) some indicators in KWin::WindowInfo that tell you if the window should be visible in your taskbar. I don't like these endless manual configs)

o sometimes the main window does not recover from its hidden state and the icons appear half on screen, half behind.

o different positions (like kicker: all corners and centers)

o maybe you can even make it a kicker subpanel (liek kasbar), such that its configuration is integrated?

PS: I prefer kooldock over osxbar, but I still don't understand why we need....

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 make error

 by Lighioana on: Apr 22 2004
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I get this error on # make -f Makefile.dist

This Makefile is only for the CVS repository
This will be deleted before making the distribution

*** Creating acinclude.m4
*** Creating list of subdirectories
*** Creating configure.in
*** Creating aclocal.m4
*** Creating configure
Can't locate object method "path" via package "Autom4te::Request" at /usr/bin/autom4te line 81.
make[1]: *** [cvs] Error 1
make: *** [all] Error 2

How can I fix this ?

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 Re: make error

 by gimpel on: Apr 24 2004
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make install

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 Well done

 by SubAtomic on: Apr 22 2004
Score 50%

Very nice.

It would be nice if drag/drop could be implemented for rearranging the order of items on the menu rather than having to rename each launcher (by prepending a number to the name)

cpu usage is a little intense for my PC at work, but is acceptable (although still high) on my home PC.

Excellent work, I look forward to v0.2.

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 Brilliant work!

 by adpsimpson on: Apr 24 2004
Score 50%

This is great. A few suggestments for future development:

-Drag and drop (both on and odd the bar)
-Dockers, like clock, cpu monitor, waste paper basket, etc
-Posibility of repositioning (similar to the way kicker allows you to place itself in any side/corner of the screen)
-Variable hide/emerge speed, icon zoom quality, etc

A few improvements I've noticed could be made (no bugs yet though!) :
-The font above the icons sometimes comes out looking horrible - not pixelated, but similar effect - random white pixels round the edges.
-With icon small size at 32 and large at 48, the bar disappears when the cursor is still over the icon to the farthest right.
-it's been said above, the window layout in the setup dialogue is slightly odd, with some text cut off, and the colour blocks in the background tab not fitting properly.

When in Windows I use YZDock, which I love. This is the closest thing I've found for doing the same in Linux - it may be worth playing with it to see the other functionality it allows (the drag and drop support is particualrly impressive).

All in all, great work, thanks!

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