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Tasty Menu


KDE Improvement

Score 82%
Tasty Menu

Link:  Link
Downloads:  39658
Submitted:  Jul 2 2006
Updated:  Dec 13 2007


Tasty Menu is a K-Menu replacement for KDE 3.x series aiming to provide the maximum usability and flexibility.

It provides three columns where you can always have all your favourite applications in handy.

Key features:
-One column for all your favourite applications and two columns for browsing all the installed programs
-Search engine for the applications
-Optional integration with Kerry Beagle or Strigi
-Highlighting of recently installed applications
-Fast user switching
-Drag and drop support

Debian sid package:
Centos package:
ALT linux x86-64


-builds with newer gcc
-fixed paint glitch with fake transparencies

-fixed a typo in the config dialog

-Now all the applications should be displayed again
-Brazillian portoguese translation by Ewerton de A. Dutra

Very tiny fix:
-fixed the about box
-some fixes in packaging
-now it's installed in the right directory (for example in /usr/lib/kde3 instead of /usr/lib)

-updated French translation
-updated Slovenian translation
-fixed a crash on lright mouse button click on search field
-the old memory leak should be somewhat mitigated

-Fixed a bug that occurred when clicking on the search result if the menu mode was "recent/most used applications"
-Polish translation by Tomasz Argasiński
-Some fixes in the Slovenian translation
-description text shouldn't become too little

-Slovenian translation by Matija Šuklje
-Fixed a little build problem

-Menu and tooltip no longer steals mouse and keyboard input
-Better management of the tooltip
-No separators when the list is in alphabetical order
-Finnish translations by Tommi Nieminen
-Not having particular problems, released it as 1.0
-French translation by Laurent Hilsz

-Rearranging the items of the left column by drag and drop works again
-the layout should be a little bit more polished
-Updated Ukrainian translation

I consider this pretty much feature complete at least for now, so it's the time to approach the fatidical 1.0 :)
-Search field should be a lot faster
-Only strings with at least three characters are being searched (necessary for the speedup)
-Corrected a bug that prevented to search into application descriptions

Ukrainian translation by Motsyo Vitaliy

-"Add to desktop" option in menuitems
-Drag and drop from menu to desktop
-Option to set different icons sizes in the three columns
-the button text label should always be of a visible color
-most used/recently used applications list updates in realtime
-clear most used/recently used applications list
-(warning1: deleting one list deletes also the other)
-(warning2: if you use opensuse you must have kickoff reverted to classic kmenu in order to use the recently used/most used lists)
-updated russian and german translations

another little bugfix release:
-Spanish translation by Jesus S Fernandez Prieto
-button background goes highlighted even if kicker doesn't have neither a background pixmap or transparent background
-menu icon (including on mouseover effect) changes immediately when the user sets a new icon
-highlighted button background also when kicker has no transparency or backgound image
-searching should be a little bit faster (still far from optimal)

-German translation by Jannick Kuhr
-Drag and drop enabled only in "Favourite applications" mode (otherwise it destroys the favourite list!)

-Favourite applications list can be rearranged via drag and drop
-new installed programs notification should be more reliable (some inspiration from Kickoff :P)
-it finds also programs installed by other users
-old programs shouldn't be no more erroneusly listed
-updated russian and italian translations
-when there is only one search result, pressing enter executes it (and the search terms are cleared)
-added button to clear the recent documents list
-application descriptions can be removed also from the left column
-easier to start a program with a single mouse click when the tree is collapsed
-groups with only one item can be configured to be shown
-items can be ordered alphabetically (with applications after the groups)
-better managing of the button size (especially within a vertical panel) and when the menu text is disabled the button is exactly square
-the button icon is highlighted on mouse over according to the global settins
-in the search results the tree is always open

-Russian translation by Yurkovsky Andrey
-corrected a possible compilation problem
-application descriptions are hidden also from the first column
-button width updated again when the text label is turned off

-configurable button text label
-configurable menu button pixmap
-item descriptions can be turned off
-optional "save session" entry under the user button
-configurable popup text
-the button no longer appears on mouse over, instead the background becomes lighter on mouse over and darker on mouse press
-when the user clicks on an empty area the last item is no longer activated
-Italian translation

Ubuntu(Gutsy i386 (should work on Feisty too))
SUSE(suse 10.3 rpm)
Slackware(Slack 10.2 package by gohanz)
Fedora(i386 rpm by liviopl)
Xandros(Xandros package by matty323)
Ubuntu(Kubuntu gutsy by Yaccin)
Gentoo(Gentoo ebuild by franzf)
other(ALT linux (i586 and src) )
Mandriva(Mandriva 2007.1 by Gerardo Bueno)
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 by CaCO3 on: Aug 19 2007
Score 50%

This is a great application!

But there are some things, which annoy me:
1. searching for applications is very slow. Is there a solution to speed it up? (maybe an index)
2. when I remove it from kicker and add again it, all my settings are lost. Would be great to take them over.

my $HOME: http://www.ruinelli.ch
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 Re: Slow

 by mart on: Aug 21 2007
Score 50%

i know it has some different serious performance issues, as far i can tell it seems tied to the way the qlistviews works.
i think it would be possible to correct them, but it would be a very big rewrite, and with kde4 around the corner i don't think it's worth the effort...
maybe if i will start a kde4 port some day, with the new listviews of kde4 it should be more fast, still not decided if and when starting a port...

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 Re: Re: Slow

 by google01103 on: Aug 21 2007
Score 50%

my quesion would be why k-menu can do this instantaneoulsy and why you can't borrow the code?

Suse 10.2 x64, KDE 3.57, Opera 9.x weekly build
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 Re: Re: Re: Slow

 by mart on: Aug 22 2007
Score 50%

maybe i've find a not too ugly way to speed up the search a little bit, let's see...

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 Nice you evolve

 by nathanael on: Aug 22 2007
Score 50%


You might be astonished that I write here. Nice to see your menu evolving. I have - however - one thing I don't like on your screenshot.

It s a bit cluttered. I mean you have 3 columns, and 4 buttons at the bottom. and you have the columns not starting at the same height. Wouldn't it be nice to rearrange that a bit?

Just my 2 cent

KBFX Team member

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 Excellent work

 by dasein on: Aug 23 2007
Score 50%

I'm a professional usability engineer, and I just wanted to say that I love both the idea and the implementation of tasty menu.

From a usability perspective, most desktop menu systems (including Kmenu) are massively broken. A user must find applications the same way a mouse runs a maze--by following blind paths until s/he stumbles across the one path that leads to the thing s/he is looking for. It's both cumbersome to use and difficult to learn.

I've tried other Kmenu replacements, but tasty is the one that I'm keeping on my kicker. For purely selfish reasons, I hope the author will reconsider a KDE 4 implementation. Tasty Menu is just too handy a widget to be without.

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 Re: Excellent work

 by leinir on: Aug 23 2007
Score 50%
KDE/Amarok, KDE/Gluon

Well, the trick with the menu system in KDE 4 is that it'll be all plasmaish - because of the simplicity of TastyMenu, it ought to be relatively simple to implement the features from Tasty into a neat, little package of a Plasmoid :) It'll need re-implementation, but... things should be much simpler wrt that in KDE 4 :)

..Dan // Leinir

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 rearrange favorites

 by janet on: Sep 9 2007
Score 50%

Since version 0.8 it was possible to rearrange the favourite applications list via drag and drop. Since version 0.9 that's not possible anymore. I really appreciate that with version 0.9 I can drag'n'drop menu entries onto the desktop (that really makes me independent of the original kmenu) but rearranging the favorites was a handy feature too. Might it be possible to have both?

Want an easy way to install Debian Sid? Get sidux at sidux.com :)
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 Re: rearrange favorites

 by mart on: Sep 9 2007
Score 50%

it seems a problem as stupid as calling a function with a wrong parameter :)
just a moment for repackaging all the stuff :)

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 Oh no!!

 by TtfnJohn on: Sep 10 2007
Score 50%

I'll agree with the usability fella that almost all menuing systems in GUI desktops are broken but I don't see this as an answer.

I have to say that the last thing I want is a menu taking up a whole mess of screen space rather than a logical layout that's easy for the user to follow.

From a usability standpoint this is too busy, too much and to any newbie intimidating and confusing.

Keep trying because there is a good idea behind this it needs some work in it's expression before it will be allowed on my desktop.



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 Debian x86

 by cado on: Sep 11 2007
Score 50%

Debian x86 Tasty Menu 1.0rc2:

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