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Fancy Tasks

   1.1.2 "back in game"  

Plasmoid Binary

Score 92%
Fancy Tasks
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Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  24690
Submitted:  Feb 20 2009
Updated:  Jun 10 2012

Description:

Plasmoid providing fancy visualization of tasks, launchers and jobs for those who need full power of task manager and fresh look.
Developed and tested on KDE 4.8 with Qt 4.8 (Kubuntu 12.04).

Some screen casts:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5i2S1xCKPk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj4W6cqycl8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfqtnncLNcQ

Milestone 1.1 (current) will be last one using libtaskamanager and hopefully will be soon replaced by currently developed data engine based version (which should lower requirements back to KDE 4.6 or maybe earlier, depending on which one shipped first functional version of tasks data engine).

Milestone 2.0 will bring new dock management library which will allow for more advanced features. There will be also new, QML based, applet interface (might be available earlier, depends on progress on library).

Note that included panel was made only for test and could make various problems, use it on your own risk (I'll focus on it later).

This applet uses standard libtaskmanager like other task managers in KDE, so before you report bug check if it also happens in other applets (for example default Tasks applet).

Tips:
- to make applet more usable you can put it on panel with enabled option "Windows can cover" or similar;
- you can use theme with panel background similar to that of dock (for example Sabre Tiger) or modify current one using Desktop Theme Details;
- you can add launchers to applet by drag and drop of URLs and desktop files when Plasma is unlocked or using configuration dialog;
- to show only launchers you need to remove tasks area item from arrangement;
- to show application jobs you need to add jobs area.

Hidden options:
You can set them in applets configuration file (usually located at ~/.kde4/share/config/plasma-desktop-appletsrc), in group containing line plugin=fancytasks or plugin=fancypanel;
- initialZoomLevel - initial zoom level for zoom move animations (value ranging from 0 to 1, default: 0.7);
- paintBackground - decides if background should be painted or not (true or false, default: true);
- paintReflections - decides if icon reflection should be painted or not, note that it won't change icon size because of space allocation for drawing task indicators (true or false, default: true).

Features:
- manages your tasks, launchers and application jobs;
- tasks filtering, grouping (including manual) and sorting;
- keyboard navigation (Tab and Shift+Tab);
- launcher to task transition with custom connecting rules (icons of launchers with running tasks are hidden if sorting other than manual is enabled);
- tool tips with live preview of windows when KWin Taskbar Thumbnail effect is enabled;
- highlighting windows when hovering cursor over task or window preview when KWin Highlight Window effect is enabled;
- dropping files on launchers runs command with parameters or gives option to move, copy or link them (if target is directory);
- visual drop indicator that helps in manual tasks sorting and rearranging launchers;
- possibility to browse directories of directory launchers using context menu;
- possibility to add application menus;
- menu with list of all icons shown after activating keyboard shortcut;
- configurable animations (zoom, jump, bounce, highlight, etc.) and appearance (optional thumbnails and text label);
- fully animated icons (including animations of starting applications, tasks needing attention and application jobs progress).

If you have found bugs or have suggestions you can contact me via email, message or using comments, before you will vote bad.
And remember that not everybody has enough time for fast replying. ;-)

Don't be silly, don't vote bad just for fun!




Changelog:

1.1.2 (10.06.2012):
- increased task light size a bit;
- fixed label position for zoom animation;
- avoid hijacking of icons with launcher connected to task group (if grouping by program);
- clear thumbnail when launcher looses connected task.

1.1.1 (01.06.2012):
- reuse launcher icons by tasks also when using manual sorting;
- let startups connect to launcher icons (when there is no sorting or it set to manual);
- do not lose connection with launcher when group is created (if grouping by program);
- enable Apply button when configuration values are changed;
- do not propose to drop icon in place which equals its current index;
- enable Add / Remove action buttons;
- many other fixes and changes.




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 kde 4.3.80

 
 by gravy on: Dec 16 2009
 
Score 50%

It crashes in KDE SC 4.4 Beta 1, and it takes the whole plasma desktop with it.
For everything else, it's a great widget!


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 Re: kde 4.3.80

 
 by Emdek on: Dec 18 2009
 
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Thanks for report. :-)
You mean that it behaves like this when using it as panel or applet on desktop?
I'll probably start working on version optimized for KDE 4.4 during Christmas (now I'm still busy with working on my thesis...) and it will be probably based on current code with fixes with sits on my hard disc for long time (I need some time to fix important regression with task light painting) and it will use only native tool tips (most of needed changes were done in kdelibs now). After that I'll finish new task management library and create new interface using new technologies available in new Qt and KDE versions.
Stay tuned. ;-)


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 failure on KDE 4.3.4

 
 by mnurolcay on: Dec 24 2009
 
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Got this error with KDE 4.3.4:

fancytasks-0.9.9/applet/FancyTasksIcon.cpp:52:32: error: Plasma/WindowEffects: No such file or directory


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 Re: failure on KDE 4.3.4

 
 by Emdek on: Dec 24 2009
 
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Thanks for report, should be fixed now. :-)

It's strange, I and testers compiled it on 4.3 which for sure has no header with this name (introduced in 4.4) and compiler did not complain...


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 Re: Re: failure on KDE 4.3.4

 
 by mnurolcay on: Dec 24 2009
 
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Thanks for the quick response, works now;)


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 not touching screen edge

 
 by kenleyrob on: Dec 28 2009
 
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hi, great plasmoid!

I have a problem, the dock when used as fancypanel does not quite touch the screen edge. is it meant to be like this?

http://f.imagehost.org/view/0088/snapshot1

Thanks


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 Re: not touching screen edge

 
 by Emdek on: Dec 28 2009
 
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Thanks. :-)

That's known problem.
I've tried to fix it some times but I still don't know from where comes that strange margin.
I'll probably ask Plasma developers as it uses panel class developed by them.
But I can't guarantee that it will be fixed for 1.0, panel is still experimental addon only.


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 Middle Button Click

 
 by SfietKonstantin on: Jan 8 2010
 
Score 50%

Please let users choose what middle button do when clicking on an icon.
Previously, it was launching a new instance, now it is toogle window presentation, and I prefer the launcher mode.


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 Re: Middle Button Click

 
 by Emdek on: Jan 8 2010
 
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I'm not fan of too big configureability but probably the only good solution will be to make it configurable in the future. It could be a page that lists available actions and gives possibility to select how to invoke these actions or to disable them. What do you think about this idea?
For version 1.0 I'll think how to fix that to allow using of both these features without problems.


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 Re: Re: Middle Button Click

 
 by SfietKonstantin on: Jan 9 2010
 
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Thanks very much
:):)


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 Kde 4.3.90

 
 by sokar620 on: Jan 8 2010
 
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Adding Fancy Tasks 0.9.9 to the desktop causes plasma crash in Kde 4.3.90 (F12). Aplet works fine in taskbar. Crash report:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1763107/fancytasks/plasma-desktop-20100108.kcrash


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 Re: Kde 4.3.90

 
 by Emdek on: Jan 9 2010
 
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Thanks for report, I'll take a look into this issue when I'll have RC1 installed and I'll have some free time (I hope that it will happen during this weekend...).


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 Re: Re: Kde 4.3.90

 
 by groo on: Jan 15 2010
 
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Hi emtek, any news on the new version with the bugfixes for kde 4.4 rc1? i miss fancy ;)

best regards and keep up the good work


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 Re: Re: Re: Kde 4.3.90

 
 by Emdek on: Jan 15 2010
 
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Thanks. ;-)

I've found the problem, I know how it works but I need some time to fix it.
If someone want to help I can describe it as bug in size calculation that causes applet to grow until it crashes (best way to check it is to use qDebug() to display calculated size in updateSize() method of Applet class and running applet with plasmoidviewer).


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Kde 4.3.90

 
 by groo on: Jan 18 2010
 
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Did you talk with aseigo in #kde-devel? hes the plasma guru and might be able to solve that bug in no time :)

best regards


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Kde 4.3.90

 
 by Emdek on: Jan 18 2010
 
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Yeah, it could be done, but there are two problems:
1. This bug is not trivial to fix, it may need to rework how applet work to fix it...
2. I'm right now busy working on my thesis.

I hope that I'll find free time to fix it during weekend, I've some ideas how it could be reworked to work properly with Qt 4.6 on KDE 4.4.


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 Re: initialZoomlevel

 
 by gzu on: Jan 21 2010
 
Score 50%

Hi,

Does this work as I can't see any change when I set it to 0.3 in plasma-desktop-appletsrc.

Thanks,


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 Re: Re: initialZoomlevel

 
 by Emdek on: Jan 26 2010
 
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Thanks for report, I'll test it and fix after dealing with that resizing bug, I hope to do it before end of month.


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 Re: Re: initialZoomlevel

 
 by Emdek on: Jan 26 2010
 
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Ive tested it and works fine for me, I've added:
initialZoomLevel=0.3
To applets settings group and tested in plasmoidviewer.


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