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KDE Improvement

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Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 3.2.x
Downloads:  188342
Submitted:  Jun 11 2003
Updated:  Apr 19 2007


KSmoothDock is a cool desktop panel (like KDE's kicker) for KDE 3.2 and above with smooth zooming (2 modes: normal and parabolic). Its aim is to provide a cool alternative/complement to kicker. As it is intended for KDE/Linux, its behaviour will be like that of kicker.
- Programming language: C++
- Libraries used: KDE 3.2 (or above)

Hope it will be useful for you!


It seems that automake-1.9 is not backward compatible with automake-1.7, so please upgrade to automake-1.9 before you compile KSmoothDock. To check the version of automake on your system, run:
automake --version

TO INSTALL: Unzip, cd to the directory ksmoothdock then run:
make install

Then run:

(if when you run "ksmoothdock", nothing happens, then it is likely that your KDE dir is not standard. In this case, either:
- cd to the directory ksmoothdock/src, then run "./ksmoothdock", or
- Re-do the above sequence (./configure ...), but instead of "./configure", type:
./configure --prefix=/YOUR_KDE_DIR

IF YOU BUILD ANY BINARY PACKAGE: please send it to me, thanks.


SCREENSHOTS: normal zoom mode and parabolic zoom mode (#1), config dialog (#2), quick launchers editor (#3)

Short FAQ:
1. System tray? I will implement this feature very soon.

2. Drag-and-drop? I will implement this very soon.

3. Real transparency? I will implement this when the technology (XGl or any other) becomes more mature, stable and widely used. At the moment, it is not so yet.

DANG Viet D(z)ung


New features:
- New command line options:
--resetConfig reset configuration data
--resetLaunchers reset quick launchers data

Bug fixes:
- Fixed some display bugs (on both normal and parabolic zoom modes) in v4.4.

- Parabolic zoom mode now works correctly under latest KDE releases.

New features:
- The "auto-hiding" feature has been re-implemented
- Added right-click popup menu for pager, taskbar (re-added) and clock
- Dock Position Conflict Dialog: added an option not to show it again

Other changes:
- The range of icon sizes have been increased
- Desktop icon area is now adjusted correctly
- Some other minor fixes.


New features:
- The Parabolic Zoom mode has been considerably improved.
- A task that demands attention now has better blinking notification.

Bug fix:
- The dock now does not steal mouse/keyboard focus when being zoomed in
- Fixed other minor bugs.

Other changes:
- The popup menu of a task button has been removed, because while it is of little use, it has problems with the parabolic zoom's animation.


New feature:
- Blink a task's icon when it demands attention

Some minor optimisations

Fixed the following bug:
- Option "Show windows from all desktops": "off" does not function properly


New feature:
- Add a separator between the launchers and the taskbar when the pager is not shown.

Fixed the following bugs:
- Normal zoom mode, LEFT or RIGHT position : the dock does not highlight the launcher on click acknowledgement.
- Normal zoom mode: a tiny part of the dock is not updated correctly.
- Parabolic zoom mode, LEFT position: drawing bug.
- Parabolic zoom mode: mouse click still works outside the visible area of the dock.
- About dialog: some text corrected.

v4.0: Redesign and rewrite the program from scratch. Thus it should now run better overall and is easier to maintain (fix bugs, implement new features...) than previous versions.

New features:
- POSITION SETTING: now the dock can be set to one of four positions on the screen: TOP, BOTTOM, LEFT, RIGHT.
- Switch zoom mode now does not require restarting the dock.
- Left click on the clock now shows the calendar.
- Add a "create a new link to folder" button in Edit Quick Launch Menu dialog.

Bug fix:
- The pager now displays mini-wallpapers correctly when the dock starts.
- Fixed other minor bugs.

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 yes! finally!

 by foouser on: Apr 6 2006
Score 50%

especially the hiding and recalling like the original kicker makes this soooo wonderful. compared to the other docks with zoom, this is awesome!!!

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 by Phemt on: Apr 9 2006
Score 50%

This is a great piece of software! :)
I have a feature request! Why don't you support the composite extension?
(real trasparency would be awsome! )
Also In my system the dock crashes on exit (kde 3.5.2 - gcc 3.4.5 - kernel xorg 7 with xgl - nvidia drivers. )
Thank you for you hard work!

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 by mafalda on: Apr 10 2006
Score 50%

how you make the dock start automatically with every boot ?
Pardon my horrible english

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 Re: restart

 by zAfi on: Apr 10 2006
Score 50%

You have to create a "*.desktop" file in your "~/.kde/Autostart" directory.

Open an editor and enter this (after having installed ksmootdock of course):

[Desktop Entry]

and save it as "ksmootdock.desktop" in the above given folder. That's it!

KDE 3.5.2 Level "a"

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 by zAfi on: Apr 10 2006
Score 50%

ksmoothdock is a great app, i love it!!

There's only one thing. It seems to me that i cannot open programs that are in the taskbar for example amaroK or ktorrent. But that should be possible, shouldn't it?? Is there any trick or is it just not possible atm??

keep up the great work!!

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 Re: taskbar

 by zAfi on: Apr 11 2006
Score 50%

well, at least it's possible for amaroK, I just had to remove the "%U"

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 ksmoothdock & kicker

 by kevkim55 on: Apr 11 2006
Score 50%

Every time ksmoothdock is launched, it displays a window which, presents two options - 1. Move the kicker above automatically. 2. Do not move kicker.

I find this annoying, as I have to click on one of the options to get rid of the window. Is there a way I can just tell it to leave kicker alone ?

BTW, the windows that gets displayed (I mentioned above) hints that, ksmoothdock can work without kicker. Is that true ? If yes, how do I remove kicker ?

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 Re: ksmoothdock & ki

 by Bobbb on: May 18 2006
Score 50%

I got the solution:
at first right-click on your kicker to change the preferences of it.
Then move it the top, (or left or wherelese...), remove the buttons from the kicker and confirm.
Afterwards let the kicker disappear. Restart KDE...and the window does not appear any more.

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 by doncorneoli on: Apr 12 2006
Score 50%

hey, im sooooo new to linux that i have no idea what im doing when im installing. i downloaded the file and i dont know where to go from there. can someone give me like a baby step by step explanation of how to install it and get it running? thanks so much!

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 Re: newbie...

 by linmain on: Apr 14 2006
Score 50%

we can't help you if you don't tell us your linux distribution...

cheers' linmain

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 Re: Re: newbie...

 by doncorneoli on: Apr 15 2006
Score 50%

im using SuSE 10.0 KDE 3.4

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