Improving KDE

KDE 1.-4. Improvements

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1. Changed the plastik theme to draw a lighter line as listview branch.
2. Rounded selection in iconview (konqueror/kdesktop)*
3. A modern looking rubberband (gnome/xp semi-transparent style).*
4. Modified dialogs when in iconlist mode to highlight item on mouse over (mozilla-firefox).
5. Added a new konqueror sidebar look.
Idea from http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=17049
6. Now sidebar is saved per profile (bug 58580)
7. Fixed bug 88964 (Highlighting of files in Detailed List View does not
correspond to the area of activation).

Obs.: All patches are tested in kde-3.3.1/qt-x11-free-3.3.3 official
sources. I can't garantee that they will work in other kde versions.

* some patches are modified versions from the patches found in
http://lists.kde.org/?l=kde-core-devel&m=107624741505943&w=2

GOOD NEWS
I started a thread in kde-devel mailing list to discuss the insertion of the patches in next kde release.
See http://lists.kde.org/?l=kde-devel&m=109863377620287&w=2
Some of the improvements are already in KDE CVS.
I contacted trolltech and they are analyzing the patches.

TIPS
- To improve the performance of the rubberband try to enable the option
"RenderAccel" in your XF86Config file.
(sinve version 0.5.2 the rubberband performance is improved)
- To enable the new konqueror sidebar look add the line "SidebarStyle=1" in the file $HOME/.kde/share/config/konqsidebartng.rc in the group that has the same name of the profile you want to change:
For example:
[webbrowsing]
SidebarStyle=1

If anyone has more ideas (original ideas) to add to this patches, tell me and perhaps i will try to implement them.
Last changelog:

13 years ago

v1.0.0: (2004-Nov-28)
* fixed bug with rubberband in iconview mode.
* added install instructions.

v0.5.5: (2004-Oct-31)
* fixed bug when new rubberband effect is disabled.

v0.5.4: (2004-Oct-31)
* added rubberband color cache (improve rubberband performance a little more). I can't do incremental patch cause i'm using the KDE CVS version now. The only file that was modified is kdelibs/kdefx/kstyle.cpp

v0.5.3: (2004-Oct-31)
* improved rubberband performance in iconview (now only the modified area is draw).
* fixed bug when drawing rubberband and right mouse button is clicked.
* added incremental patch. For those who are using version 0.5.2 just apply the patches found in dir patches-0.5.2.
Note: Only use the patches found in dir patches-0.5.3 if you are using version 0.5.2. Any doubt how to use this mail me.
* added TODO file. If you found any bug not in TODO mail me, and i will try to fix.

v0.5.2: (2004-Oct-26)
* fixed error in drawing the item background in konqueror detailed view mode when that is a background image set. You just need to recompile kdebase/konqueror/listview.

v0.5.1: (2004-Oct-26)
* fixed compile error in kdebase/konqueror/listview.

v0.5.0: (2004-Oct-25)
* a lot of cleanup and refactoring.
* fix bug in konqueror detailed view mode that made the alternate background lines draw incorrect (thanks to DarkLord to point this out).
* now no app will be affected by the patch for bug 88964.
* modified qt patches to kde ones so is more easy to get they accepted by kde developers.
* removed kdepim patch (no more necessary).

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mmodem

11 years ago

I did tried this patch and was forced to leave it since gives a bad behaviour when using detailed list view in konqueror.

Selecting files stays with an erratic behaviour.

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somekool

11 years ago

why aren't your patch include in KDE?

some of the modification are actual bug fix. they really should made it to KDE.

look, design improvement could be a different style/decoration that can be downloaded separately. or a smaller patch that adds options to current style/windeco.

thanks

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trisk

11 years ago

Judging from the screenshot, the changes for rounded selections in your patchset are the same as those shipped by Ubuntu, no?

They have jagged edges. I've attached the patch for anti-aliased rounded selections to the bug report/wishlist (I was going to create one earlier but wasn't sure if one already existed).

They are also available here:
http://trisk.acm.jhu.edu/kde/

Also, re: comments on speed/stability: I've not looked at the patchset, but presumably the rubberband changes are the same ones in the Ubuntu packages, and they are stable in practice, and fast where the Render extension for X is accelerated. If it produces crashes you probably miscompiled KDE.

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tosta

11 years ago

I applied that patches, but my rubber band square was not filled. The round selection works for more than one icon (if I click in one icon it's was not round-selected).

http://img527.imageshack.us/img527/8448/temp6ue1.jpg

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dec0ding

12 years ago

not that i don't like your improvement because it makes KDE looks more like XP but I wouldn't use it for other reason. It makes KDE at least 2 times slower. The mass-selection of files with the mouse cursor is slow as hell. Applications crash and I see unexpected behaivours...

So knowing the future of KDE, seeing KDE 4 screenshots, sorry to say but this is useless...honestly, no offence

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smileaf

12 years ago

http://beta.smileaf.org/files/patches/ImprovingKDE-1.0.0-r2.tar.bz2

Here is an updated patch set for KDE 3.5.0 and Qt 3.3.4

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bushwakko

12 years ago

I just added a wish for rounded corners on the bugs.kde.org page, but I need help voting it up!

check out:
http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=114692

also check out this one for new rubberband:
http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=90051

and this one for much better usability in setting-windows:
http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=114690

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bushwakko

12 years ago

I just posted this as a wish for rounded selection on bugs.kde.org
Register an account and vote it up so developers will see it!

http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=114692

also vote on this one (rubberband):

http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=90051

and a great feature for improving usability:
http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=114690

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bushwakko

12 years ago

how does the performance of the rubberband compare to the performance of the band in gnome. the gnome one had no performanceproblems at all for me, using fglrx driver though...

If it's slower, looking into how the gnome one works could perhaps optimize it a little.

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dasfenomeenich

12 years ago

The improvements that you made are realy great. It would be a great idea to submit them to the official kde release so that everyone will be able to use these impovements without having to patch their kde.

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xcallejas

12 years ago

is compatible with kde 3.4?? on a suse 9.3??

I ask this because I don't know if kde 3.4 already bring some of this patches.

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JeremyShaw

12 years ago

Normally, when I try to drag a file into a folder, the folder will have a little outline around it indicating that it will accept the drop event.

When I apply this patch however, I lose the outline feedback during drag-n-drop in Icon View mode.

Some testing seems to indicate that this is because the patch guts the contents of paintFocus() in qiconview.cpp. Any idea why that code was removed? Restoring it makes this bug go away, but I would like to think there must have been some reason it was removed in the first place....

Thanks!

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Hobofuzz

13 years ago

The location for both Ebuilds give a 404.

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praseodymium

13 years ago

How is the integration of these patches with KDE SVN going?

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maarizwan

13 years ago

Lipstik is better looking than plasktik. Could you please add these patches for Liptik and KDE 3.4.

KDE 3.4 is definitely better than 3.3, and your patches can make it the BEST!!! :)

Thank you.

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Gerardo

13 years ago

Why is that not part of kde3.4 (at least for optional usage)? Hmmm... nevertheless I'm a kde-addict! ;)

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anupamsr

13 years ago

please put the gentoo 3.4 ebuilds also...

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mikeycal

13 years ago

The only other thing that drives me crazy about KDE and Gnome -- hell even windows -- is that when I download something it takes me a little longer than I like to find the downloaded file that should have been placed on my desktop. It would be awsome if files that were recently downloaded within a given period of time were highlighted. So I would instantly see a highlighted file on my desktop. Or if I open my home directory in konqueror I could easily see the file I just downloaded.

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rezjeh

13 years ago

Great idea, how about making it that it displays changed files with a highlight.. Not timed but till you view the folder containing the file or use the file on your desktop.

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mikeycal

13 years ago

Is there any way that you could do a "Select Hand-Drawn Region"? -- Much like the select option in Gimp. I think this would be a great addition because I am constantly moving my icons into groups so I can select them all. It would be nice if you could just draw a "blob" that defined the exact area to select. Does this option exist?

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Roze

13 years ago

oki, here we have a trully great idea!
if possible, implement this, it would make huge changes to how users will select their items (and it will make the selections more natural as well)

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mythz

13 years ago

Finally a good looking linux GUI Desktop, its been years in the making but its almost there. Lets hope that these improvements/themes/icons make it into the next KDE release.

Finally we can retire the previous and current KDE themes into the Ugliest Interfaces Hall of Shame.

Now if we can only get rid of the retards who come up with the Names of KDE Applications and linux might have a chance to get some market penetration.

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sefur

13 years ago

Why the KDE 3.4 hase not this improvment :> . This is sad, becouse Yours work i so beautiful.

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aivs

13 years ago

[root@localhost qt-x11-free-3.3.4]# patch -p0 < qt-x11-free-3.3.3.diff
patching file src/iconview/qiconview.cpp
Hunk #5 succeeded at 2785 (offset 2 lines).
Hunk #7 succeeded at 3287 (offset 2 lines).
Hunk #9 succeeded at 3328 (offset 2 lines).
Hunk #11 succeeded at 3498 (offset 2 lines).
Hunk #13 succeeded at 4599 (offset 2 lines).
Hunk #14 succeeded at 5367 (offset 1 line).
patching file src/widgets/qlistbox.cpp
Hunk #1 succeeded at 2162 (offset 2 lines).
Hunk #3 succeeded at 4379 (offset 2 lines).
[root@localhost qt-x11-free-3.3.4]#

How to patch good?

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sv1bgubp

13 years ago

'Hunk' is good, only 'reject' is bad.

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13 years ago

v1.0.0: (2004-Nov-28)
* fixed bug with rubberband in iconview mode.
* added install instructions.

v0.5.5: (2004-Oct-31)
* fixed bug when new rubberband effect is disabled.

v0.5.4: (2004-Oct-31)
* added rubberband color cache (improve rubberband performance a little more). I can't do incremental patch cause i'm using the KDE CVS version now. The only file that was modified is kdelibs/kdefx/kstyle.cpp

v0.5.3: (2004-Oct-31)
* improved rubberband performance in iconview (now only the modified area is draw).
* fixed bug when drawing rubberband and right mouse button is clicked.
* added incremental patch. For those who are using version 0.5.2 just apply the patches found in dir patches-0.5.2.
Note: Only use the patches found in dir patches-0.5.3 if you are using version 0.5.2. Any doubt how to use this mail me.
* added TODO file. If you found any bug not in TODO mail me, and i will try to fix.

v0.5.2: (2004-Oct-26)
* fixed error in drawing the item background in konqueror detailed view mode when that is a background image set. You just need to recompile kdebase/konqueror/listview.

v0.5.1: (2004-Oct-26)
* fixed compile error in kdebase/konqueror/listview.

v0.5.0: (2004-Oct-25)
* a lot of cleanup and refactoring.
* fix bug in konqueror detailed view mode that made the alternate background lines draw incorrect (thanks to DarkLord to point this out).
* now no app will be affected by the patch for bug 88964.
* modified qt patches to kde ones so is more easy to get they accepted by kde developers.
* removed kdepim patch (no more necessary).

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