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AppMenu QML

   1.6  

Plasmoid Script

Score 88%
AppMenu QML
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Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  7024
Submitted:  Oct 18 2011
Updated:  Jul 31 2013

Description:

This plasmoid shows a menu of the installed applications, similar to Lancelot but much simpler. The purpose of the simpleness is to have a faster plasmoid which also loads faster. The plasmoid also has a list of favorites and you can search applications by application name. There are "Lock Session", "Leave" and "Switch User" and other similar buttons. Other features:
- the number of visible columns can be changed (between 1 and 4);
- the favorites section can be hidden;
- the favorites list can be locked;
- the size of all visible icons can be changed;
- closing and opening the menu remembers its state (configurable);
- change launcher icon;
- configure which "leave" buttons are shown (or show none at all);
- the favorites list can be reordered using drag-and-drop;
- the menu items can be dragged and dropping them on a panel or on the desktop creates a shortcut there.

The plasmoid can be completely manipulated with the keyboard only except for the buttons at the bottom wich must be clicked with the mouse. The menu can be browsed with the arrow keys and PageUp and PageDown, a favorite can be added with the + or = key and removed with the - key, to search an application by its name, just start typing the name.

This plasmoid is entirely written in QML + JavaScript.

Note: this plasmoid requires KDE 4.8.0 or higher. For correct resizing of the "Leave" buttons, KDE 4.9.0 is required.

Bugs I don't have control over (because of limitations in Qt or Plasma):
- make configuring the plasmoid's icon more elegant by showing the current icon on the button that launches the "Change icon" dialog and by removing the text field holding the icon's name (only possible when KConfigXT finally supports Icon)
- provide a command line to open/close the menu
- maybe add "Recent Documents" section (below Favorites?); there is no Plasma DataEngine for this, so I cannot do it
- allow to modify the ordering of the "leave" buttons (must find a way in
KConfig XT to do this)




Changelog:

version 1.6 (2013-07-31):
- do not show the "Add favorite" and "Remove favorite" buttons in the search menu when the favorites are locked
- the "Add Favorite" and "Remove Favorite" buttons are not visible anymore if the favorites section is hidden
- dragging an application from the menu to the panel or the desktop creates a shortcut there
- the favorites can be reordered using drag-and-drop




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 Great work! A couple of suggestions

 
 by thetall82 on: Mar 12 2012
 
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Hi and thanks for this easy to use but well done plasmoid! Tested it on KDE 4.8 with kubuntu and works great.

A couple must-have features in my opinion:
1) Possibility to drag&drop items from the menu to the desktop (plasma folder view mode) and to panel.
2) Easier management of menu items and the possibility to change the menu default height and width.

Thank you for you attention and thx again for this cool appMenu.

Ciao
thetall82


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 Re: Great work! A couple of suggestions

 
 by glad on: Mar 15 2012
 
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1) This cannot be done because ListView insists on catching any drag events itself. If you have any solution for this problem, patches are welcome.
2) What easier management do you have in mind? The *default* width and height cannot be changed (well, actually, they can: by editing contents/ui/main.qml and changing the values for minimumWidth and minimumHeight). Once the plasmoid is added to the panel, its popup size can be modified by dragging the corners.


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 Can't change launcher icon

 
 by tetris4 on: Mar 13 2012
 
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It seems like whatever icon I choose for the launcher, nothing happens on my panel. The icon remains the same, despite the fact that the entry in it's settings is changed to the name of the new icon.

What could be causing this?

Am running Chakra with KDE 4.8.1.


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 Re: Can't change launcher icon

 
 by FraMari on: Mar 13 2012
 
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I've got the same problem...


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 Re: Re: Can't change launcher icon

 
 by thetall82 on: Mar 14 2012
 
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Same problem for me, I change the menu icon but nothing happens.

Another problem:
If I user a dark theme, the characters colour in the menu is automatically changed to white; but it's white also for the words typed in the top search box, making them invisible (see this screenshot: http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/7338/kubuntu1204b120120312.png )

Cheers


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 Re: Re: Re: Can't change launcher icon

 
 by glad on: Mar 15 2012
 
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The icon changing problem is a bug which is solved in version 0.7.2.

The white text on white search field problem is discussed before on page 3 of this comments section. Basically, the solution is to find a plasma theme which defines a dark background for lineedits or to ask the developer of your theme to add such a background.


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Can't change launcher icon

 
 by FraMari on: Mar 15 2012
 
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Thanks for fissing the icon bug!
How can i provide an italian translation for this plasmoid?


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Can't change launcher icon

 
 by glad on: Mar 18 2012
 
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In the plasmoid file there is a file README_TRANSLATIONS.txt detailing the instructions for translation. I need a .po file and the translation of the two mentioned strings (these are the strings in metadata.desktop).


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 More suggestions

 
 by Koali on: Mar 15 2012
 
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Hello! I've just downloaded and tested your plasmoid and I'd like to give som suggestions about it:

1) It would be nice to have an option to "disable" showing menus which are empty on the main menu tree.

2) It would be also nice to be a translatable plasmoid, in which case I'd be pleased to aid in that(That "Lock session" looks alien in the rest of translated text).

3) There are som applications which appear more than once like BlueDevil or SystemSettings, it could be nice to "hide" them without having them removed from the KDE menu tree.

4) If you would have some awesomeness in this plasmoid, you could try to have a Full Screen mode, like Takeoff, that would rock also.

5) It would be also great to be disable that "favorites" sections, becasuse some people use "Icon Tasks" or simply attach launchers to the panel, which make that "bookmarking" feature.

Thank you for reading this.


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 Re: More suggestions

 
 by glad on: Mar 19 2012
 
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1) Patches welcome. I don't have empty menus in my menu. Please make sure that the startup speed of the plasmoid is not badly affected, otherwise the patch will not be applied. The reason of this plasmoid is to have KDE start up faster than when using Lancelot (Kickoff is not usable for me), so a fast startup is more important for me than not seeing empty menus (which I'm not seeing anyway).
2) See answer to FraMari above (follow the instructions in README_TRANSLATIONS.txt in the plasmoid file). Unfortunately the translations don't work on my machine, so if you know how to make them work and tell me, I will be very glad!
3) The plasmoid is designed to not show the same entry twice in the same menu. If the entries are "BlueDevil" and "BlueDevil2", then they will of course both show up as the plasmoid is not smart enough to know that they are the same (the title should be exactly the same otherwise the plasmoid doesn't realize that it should only show one of them). If they are in different submenus the plasmoid will happily show both as it doesn't know which one it would otherwise have to hide.
4) This is outside the scope of this plasmoid. I don't see the use of having this menu fill up the whole screen as it will never show more than what is currently available in the plasmoid (some lightweight additions may still occur, but this is very unlikely).
5) Implemented in version 0.7.3.


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 Great plasmoid!

 
 by auronx7 on: Mar 15 2012
 
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Hey glad, thanks for the excellent work on this, as well as for picking back up the updates and so frequently updating lately. It's now my default launcher on all my systems :)

I hope to not sound ungrateful or anything, but would it be hard to code the option to change the Lock session, Leave, Switch user section at the bottonm so that you can make those buttons what you want? (similar to what Lancelot launcher uses). I don't know anything about making widgets myself, but if it's possible to add that option I think it'd be even better :)
Thanks again for the great widget!


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 Re: Great plasmoid!

 
 by glad on: Mar 19 2012
 
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Currently, all "leave" options are available with maximum 2 clicks (the second click only needed to confirm the "destructive" actions, namely logout, turn off computer, ...), so I see no reason to make the buttons configurable. You may be able to convince me (no guarantee) with some convincing use-case.


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 very very good plasmoid!!

 
 by snakebite on: Mar 17 2012
 
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Hi,
This is a great plasmoid and looks good. I have noticed a bug though, when searching for a programm and clicking on the "add to favorites" or "remove from favorites", it has no effect, meaning that it wouldn't get added or removed from the favorites list. Also is it possible to translate this plasmoid to other launguages? where can I get the .po file? and I am on kde 4.8.2 with Chakra Linux
Thanks and keep up the good work.


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 Re: very very good plasmoid!!

 
 by glad on: Mar 19 2012
 
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The bug concerning adding or removing favorites while in search mode is fixed in version 0.7.3.

For translations, follow the instructions in README_TRANSLATIONS.txt in the plasmoid. No need to follow all instructions, I just need a .po file with your translations and separately the translation of the two strings that are in metadata.desktop. Note however that I didn't manage to get translations actually working. If you know a solution for this problem and tell me, that would make me very happy!


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 size of menu icon?

 
 by janet on: Mar 26 2012
 
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Maybe this is fixed in version 0.7.x, I cannot test it by now because I'm stuck with KDE 4.7: the icon of the App Launcher remains the same size (max 48x48?) even in a huge panel. All other icons/widgets adapt to the size of the panel just this one does not. My panel looks a bit odd with that "tiny" menu button. Can you please fix that in case it isn't done yet?


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 Re: size of menu icon?

 
 by glad on: Mar 28 2012
 
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In version 0.7.x the launcher icon adapts its size to the panel it is in. I haven't tested anymore with 0.6.


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