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Fancy Tasks

   1.1.2 "back in game"  

Plasmoid Binary

Score 92%
Fancy Tasks
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Fancy Tasks
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Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  24416
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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 Awesome plasmid, except...

 
 by rougegoat on: Jun 7 2010
 
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I hate how I have to open up the configure menu if I open any application that has a launcher set on it in order to keep the "moving between applications" animation. Any idea when this would be fixed up?

(up to date on KDE 4.3.5 on OpenSuSE11.1)


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 Re: Awesome plasmid, except...

 
 by rougegoat on: Jun 7 2010
 
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er, nvrmnd. i'm dumb, and had something set up weird.


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 Progress on 4.4 ?

 
 by VictorOnKde on: Jun 20 2010
 
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Is there any progress on 4.4 ?
Thanks for your work already, I love this plasmoid!! It should become the default task-bar.


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 Re: Progress on 4.4 ?

 
 by Emdek on: Jun 20 2010
 
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Thanks. :-)

It's currently suspended, until I'll finish my exams.

Well, I'm not sure if everybody likes docks (personally I don't like them too much...) but for sure it's important to have possibility to choose.


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 Re: Re: Progress on 4.4 ?

 
 by negas on: Jul 12 2010
 
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The only dock that i like is that one that is well implemented... and that is: Mac OS Dock. But as you said, it is good to have choices.


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 grouping

 
 by antoniolucas on: Aug 27 2010
 
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hi Emdek,

great job on this plasmoid,

I have a suggestion

have you considered use the grouping feature of smooth tasks plasmoid[1]? the grouping of fancy tasks sometimes work, sometimes not (for me at least). And the grouping of smooth tasks seems pretty solid to me. I think it would be great to have something similar on fancy tasks


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 Re: grouping

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 27 2010
 
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Thanks. :-)

That's really strange, this applet uses task grouping built in libtaskmanager, so grouping must behave exactly the same way like in default Tasks applet, STasks and Smooth Tasks (I doubt that this algorithm was replaced there).


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 grouping

 
 by antoniolucas on: Aug 27 2010
 
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hi,

sorry to ask, but have you already used the smooth tasks?

In smooth, when the windows are grouped, you can close one of the windows without open them (there is a close button in the preview window). And when you pass the mouse over the windows, it highlights the window over the others. fancy tasks does not that (at least, mine don't)

I am using fancy tasks on KDE4.5 in a Arch Linux system


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 Re: grouping

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 27 2010
 
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Well, I know that tooltip thingie, I've created first version of custom tooltips, which was reused in STasks and later in Smooth Tasks (however I didn't liked the idea of always visible close button and text over thumbnail) but removed it after my patches that improved a bit (but enough to be usable) built in tooltip features for window previews.
It was removed because it is ugly hack that makes many problems and needs to be adjusted from time to time and synced with original tooltips code and misses some features like consistent move animation etc. It's too big maintenance effort with too small gains. You can compare how big were soucre code files used by theme here:
http://websvn.kde.org/?view=revision&sortby=date&revision=1084060
(these four deleted files)

Only thing that I can do (and in fact should already do) is to extend usage of configurable actions to clicks on previews (then you can use for example middle click to close). I'll add this in next version, hopefully soon.

That highlight feature is also present in Fancy Tasks, but might get broken, I'll check.


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 grouping

 
 by antoniolucas on: Aug 30 2010
 
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Thanks for the explanation. I am not really a Qt programmer, and do not look so deep to understand all the code, but I know that maintanance is important.

I did not remember to the actions, which is very good

I am waiting for the new versions, for the applets inclusion. I think it will be a great step =)


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 Can't see background

 
 by edio on: Aug 28 2010
 
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I've just installed the last *.94 version to try this plugin.
There is a problem, I can't see panel background.
I've tried both with custom and default backgrounds, I've edited plasma-desktop-appletrc file, but there is no background at all.

I'm using Archlinux i686 with KDE 4.5


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 Re: Can't see background

 
 by Emdek on: Aug 28 2010
 
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This occurs with applet or panel? I can't reproduce this with applet but it's possible with panel which is still in experimental state and regressions can happen...
I'm planning to release soon (maybe during week) new versions which will contain new panel containment (it was supposed to be released with current version but one show stopper bug remains), which will have mostly the same features like default one (most important thing - possibility to add other applets to it).


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 Re: Re: Can't see background

 
 by edio on: Aug 28 2010
 
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This occurs with panel.
Waiting for the next version. Thanks.


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 Re: Can't see background

 
 by martosurf on: Aug 30 2010
 
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Mmm, Arch x86_64 + KDE SC 4.5 here.
I just downloaded and installed this plasmoid, will check how it works and report back.


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 Good but...

 
 by fannymites on: Sep 1 2010
 
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I have been wanting something like the windows 7 launcher/taskbar for KDE and this is the closest I've found so far but I have some issues.

Thumbnails and launcher labels randomly appear at the top of the screen instead of above the taskbar.
Sometimes they DO appear in the right place but 8 times out of 10 they don't.

The window peek/highlight feature is hit and miss, sometimes it will highlight the window, other times it will highlight them after a long delay and other times doesn't highlight at all.

Also, the little snippet you added about removing the reflections doesn't seem to work.
I have been back and looked at the rc file and the entry is still there and still says false but reflections are still there.


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 Re: Good but...

 
 by Emdek on: Sep 2 2010
 
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1. Wrong tooltip positions.
Are you using 64 bit system? Only reports about these weird positions comes from 64 bit users. Tooltips are managed by Plasma, so this might by bug in it or in Qt itself (64 bit only). I'll need to finally find someone with 64 bits and some free time for testing...
Also is it shown correctly after moving pointer from other applet that has tooltip (I've heard that sometimes there are for example bugs with positioning tooltip of trash applet)?

2. Highlight effect.
It happens with hovering of icon or tooltip (in this case it's again manged only by Plasma)?

3. Disabling reflections.
It looks like there is a typo in option name, try using:
paintReflections = false


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 ArchLinux 64bit Bug

 
 by marcotangaro on: Sep 3 2010
 
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I'm on archlinux 64bit and can't use the panel mode.
FancyPane appears like an enormous panel with the systemsettings icon as great as my monitor...
I'm not able to resize it because the options of the panel appears only for a second with this dimension.


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 Re: ArchLinux 64bit Bug

 
 by Emdek on: Sep 3 2010
 
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Panel is still marked as experimental only, so bugs can happen...
There is new panel in the works (well, in fact it's done for some time but still has some small bugs), fork of default Plasma panel (so instead of own hacks it uses upstream hacks ;-)). Hopefully it will be released soon (depends on how many free time I'll have for fixing it and testing).


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 Re: Re: ArchLinux 64bit Bug

 
 by marcotangaro on: Sep 3 2010
 
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Very good...
Are you planning to insert intellihide as gnome-do and awn?


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 Re: Re: Re: ArchLinux 64bit Bug

 
 by Emdek on: Sep 3 2010
 
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Well, for next release and for final one (1.1) I want to focus on stability and later think about extending it, if possible (panels have really limited possibilities and their API is usable only to create things which works almost exactly like default panels...).
Can you describe how works that feature? Maybe it will doable or worth to try to create patches for upstream or to bug developers for it. ;-)


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: ArchLinux 64bit Bug

 
 by marcotangaro on: Sep 3 2010
 
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It's a simple behaviour of the panel.
If there is a window that covers the panel, it'll be hidden. But if there's no windows that covers the panel it'll remain visible.
Here a video, a intellihide demonstration is at 2:05
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNvAj8skUNs


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ArchLinux 64bit Bug

 
 by Emdek on: Sep 4 2010
 
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Well, for me that looks more like a thing that could be done upstream for all panels.
Maybe you should post a wish to bugs.kde.org or post it on some brainstorm page.


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