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KDE Screensaver

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Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 3.3.x
Downloads:  8546
Submitted:  Jan 1 2006
Updated:  Jan 8 2006


SmoothSlideSaver is a KDE screensaver which shows images from a directory as an OpenGL slideshow. It uses the famous Ken Burns effect and smoothly fades from one image to the next.

You don't need to worry about complicated configuration options, everything should run smoothly out of the box. Just select a directory with some nice pictures (e.g., your digital photo collection) and let the show begin :)

There are prebuilt packages for Debian and Ubuntu (i386 architecture, only). You can either download them via the links below, or more conveniently, apt-get them:

Put one of the following lines into your /etc/apt/sources.list file:

deb http://www1.inf.tu-dresden.de/~cw183155/smoothslidesaver debian-sarge/ # Debian stable "Sarge"

deb http://www1.inf.tu-dresden.de/~cw183155/smoothslidesaver debian-unstable/ # Debian unstable (requires KDE 3.5.0 from Alioth (or experimental?))

deb http://www1.inf.tu-dresden.de/~cw183155/smoothslidesaver ubuntu-breezy/ # (K)Ubuntu "Breezy"

Then do the usual steps to install the package:

#> apt-get update
#> apt-get install smoothslidesaver

If you have another Debian based distribution and/or architecture (or if the unstable packages can't be installed), you can easily build your own package. Add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb-src http://www1.inf.tu-dresden.de/~cw183155/smoothslidesaver source/

Then execute the following commands:

#> apt-get update
#> mkdir smoothslidesaver
#> cd smoothslidesaver
#> apt-get build-dep smoothslidesaver
#> apt-get source --compile smoothslidesaver
#> dpkg -i smoothslidesaver_*.deb

If you have another distribution installed on your computer, you will have to do it the hard way, sorry :-/ Download the source tarball from the link below, untar it and then execute the following steps in the source directory:

#> ./configure
#> make
#> make install


* fixed build issue (You do _not_ need to upgrade, if you already have a (prebuilt) package of version 0.4.2 installed!)


* Code cleanup and bug fixes
* Added a not yet complete debugging mode to make it easier to find the cause of bugs which I cannot reproduce on my computer (to activate it, add 'DebugMode=true' to section [Settings] of the configuration file)


* Initial public release

Source(version 0.4.2)
Debian(version 0.4.2; "Sarge"; i386)
Debian(version 0.4.2; unstable with KDE 3.5.0; i386)
Ubuntu(version 0.4.2; "Breezy"; i386)
Mandriva(version 0.4.2; i586; amd64; source rpm)
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 not just screensaver

 by lenooh on: Jan 8 2006
Score 50%

I think you should make a separate program for viewing photos, or build this into gwenview for example. So that you can use it to watch/show your photos, not just as a screensaver.
i dont know any linux program made especialy for slideshows (like photodex for windowz, for example).

it would be cool!

I'm in.
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 Re: not just screensaver

 by carstenw42 on: Jan 8 2006
Score 50%

Digikam and Gwenview (and possibly other apps) can use 'Kipi plugins'. One of the plugins can do slideshows with OpenGL support, but without Ken Burns effect (crossfading and fade in/out are supported).

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 Re: Re: not just scr

 by lenooh on: Jan 8 2006
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i just tried it! tnx, i didn't know it was there :-}

I'm in.
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 Not just a screensav

 by probono on: Jan 8 2006
Score 50%

/usr/bin/smoothslidesaver.kss -setup opens the setup dialog, and -root runs it in full screen.

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 ebuild ?

 by eriol on: Jan 9 2006
Score 50%

Sounds great !
What about someone making an ebuild ?

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 by DanaKil on: Jan 9 2006
Score 50%

it's my new screensaver :)
maybe you could add an option to hide the cursor ?

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 Re: Nice

 by carstenw42 on: Jan 9 2006
Score 50%

Huh? KDE takes care of hiding the cursor, when a screensaver is run. The mouse pointer is only visible in preview mode (when you click 'Test' in the screensaver configuration dialog).

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 Slow down effect...?

 by euxneks on: Jan 18 2006
Score 50%

What about being able to slow down the effect and selecting different transitions?

Excellent screensaver btw...

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 Re: Slow down effect...?

 by carstenw42 on: Jan 18 2006
Score 50%

Hmm, currently, the duration of the cross-fade effect is 10% of the duration an image is shown. Fade out + fade in takes 20%. You could increase the interval in which images change, but I guess you already tried that ...

What do you mean with 'choosing different transitions'? Additional transition effects? It is possible to disable either the cross-fade effect or the fade-out/fade-in effect, but you have to do this in the config file. Add


to ~/kde/share/config/smoothslidesaver.kssrc.

Anyway, I tried to keep the number of configuration options in the GUI as low as possible. I think that a lot of of programs (especially screensaver) have far too many checkboxes and sliders that are a source of confusion. Of course, that's my personal opinion. But before I change anything, I would like to hear others, too.

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 use in education

 by woodsmoke on: Jan 29 2006
Score 50%

this may sound kinda dumb.......

ya gotta remember I'm not too bright....

But, I teach school.....

I'm wonderin'....if it would be possible to put this in a live cd distro....

put my science pics in it....

since the school uses windoze....run the distro as a live cd and run my pics in this as a screensaver....

again....I'm not too bright...just an idea!

ain't xandros great!

Put up a funny Xandros wallpaper in a public place and direct them here!

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