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KDE Improvement

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Minimum required   KDE 3.2.x
Downloads:  188226
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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 by beany on: Sep 13 2006
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I love ksmoothdock. All the others of its type have been so unstable, irritating and unstable.

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 Good job

 by omega on: Sep 13 2006
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Great update! Being able to place the bar to any corner is nice. But I didn't expect it to push all the maximized windows to the right when it's placed on the left side of the screen.

I hoped to be able to make it auto-hide (which seems to be disabled now) and appear when I moved my cursor to the left of the screen, making ksmoothdock unhide transparently (or non transparently, since real transparency is still quite hard to do?) over the program underneath.

The way I intended to use Ksmoothdock was as a sort of quicklauncher for my most used programs, not necessarily as a kicker replacement. That way, I could do away with the icons next to my K-menu button, leaving me more space for the task-bar (where running applications are put).

So I won't use ksmoothdock just yet. It seems to be getting there though. Keep it up. :)

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 Moving icons

 by cypherpunk on: Sep 21 2006
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KsmoothDock will move icons on the desktop by the height/width of the bar. In essence , if the dock is in the buttom of the screen, the icons on the desktop will be pushed upwards.

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 Re: Moving icons

 by dangvd on: Sep 21 2006
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Yes, but only if there are icons that maybe under the dock. Basically, the dock sets a new icon area whenever it starts or changes its position so as the user can always see all the icons on his/her desktop.


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 Re: Re: Moving icons

 by iamethos on: Nov 3 2006
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With the dock on the botton of the screen and the kicker on the top, this action which is designed to keep icons in view seems to push my icons up and under the kicker where they can't be see.

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 v4.2 SLED 10

 by pupil on: Sep 26 2006
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RPM for SLED 10:

For GPG key, please look at the front page of my site.

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 Re: v4.2 SLED 10

 by dangvd on: Sep 26 2006
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Thanks for your message. I have updated the webpage accordingly.
Viet D(z)ung

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 Great app!

 by montanamax on: Sep 28 2006
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I love it - but I am having one noob problem. What's the best way to make it run every time I log into a session as a background process?


- Jon

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 Re: Great app!

 by franzf on: Sep 28 2006
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cd ~/.kde/Autostart
ln -s `which ksmoothdock`

Or put an own startscript into this Autostartfolder, with different commands (e.g. for starting your favorite superkaramba-theme :)


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 Re: Re: Great app!

 by montanamax on: Sep 29 2006
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Works perfect - thanks!

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 having problems conf

 by searayman on: Oct 5 2006
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when i do a ./configure i get this error as the last line:

checking for X... configure: error: Can't find X includes. Please check your ins tallation and add the correct paths!

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 Re: having problems

 by PaulM on: Oct 8 2006
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hi searayman. I think you should make sure that kdelibs and kdelibs-devel are installed as this may be the problem.

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