Description:

KSmoothDock is a cool desktop panel with parabolic zooming effect for KDE Plasma 5. While visually it is inspired by Mac OS X's Dock, it aims to follow the traditional Linux model of desktop panel with the application menu, launchers, the pager, the taskbar and the system tray. Currently KSmoothDock only supports the application menu, launchers and the pager, and is meant to use in conjunction with a Plasma 5 panel that provides the taskbar and the system tray.

KSmoothDock is written in C++ and depends on Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5.

For more information, please visit KSmoothDock's homepage: https://dangvd.github.io/ksmoothdock

Note: KSmoothDock is a standalone application, not a Plasma Widget. However, it is placed in this category temporarily while waiting for a more suitable one.

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TO INSTALL:

You can either install from a binary package or from the source code package.

Option 1. (Preferably) Download and install from a binary package: Currently there is a DEB package for the Debian distribution and its derivatives (Ubuntu, Mint etc).
- To install the DEB package, use dpkg/apt command, or, simply click on the DEB package from the file manager to launch the default package installer (e.g. QApt)
- After the installation, KSmoothDock can be launched from the Application Menu (Utilities category), or from the command line by running:
$ ksmoothdock

Option 2. If you want to install from the source code (for example, if a package for your Linux distribution is not available), download the source code package and follow the steps below:

First, make sure you have required Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5 development packages installed. On Debian-based distributions, they can be installed by running:
$ sudo apt install extra-cmake-modules qtbase5-dev libkf5config-dev libkf5coreaddons-dev libkf5dbusaddons-dev libkf5i18n-dev libkf5iconthemes-dev libkf5xmlgui-dev libkf5widgetsaddons-dev libkf5windowsystem-dev

To build, extract the ksmoothdock-5.9.tar.gz file, then, from within the extracted ksmoothdock-5.9 directory, run:
$ cmake src
$ make

You can now start the program by running the ksmoothdock binary created in that directory, i.e.:
$ ./ksmoothdock

You can also install the program by running:
$ sudo make install

After the installation, KSmoothDock can be launched from the Application Menu (Utilities category), or from the command line:
$ ksmoothdock

To uninstall, run:
$ sudo make uninstall

To execute the automated tests, run:
$ make test
Last changelog:

v5.9 1 month ago

1. New feature: More visibility options for dock panels.
- There are now 4 visibility options: Always Visible, Auto Hide, Windows Can Cover (new) and Windows Go Below (new).
- Windows Can Cover (i.e. Intellihide) allows maximized windows to cover a dock panel. If covered, the dock panel will show itself when the user moves the mouse to the edge of the screen that the dock resides.
- Windows Go Below doesn't reserve screen space but maximized windows will go below a dock, unless the window is set to "Keep Above Others"

2. New feature: Wallpaper settings dialog.
- There is now a dedicate wallpaper settings dialog that allows the user to preview the wallpaper
- For multi-screen users: different wallpapers for different screens can be set. Note that KSmoothDock already provides the ability to set different wallpapers for different desktops. Thus, now, for example, if you have 4 virtual desktops and 2 screens, you can set 8 different wallpapers.

3. Minor improvements:
- Application Menu: now has an option to turn on/off reserving screen space when showing.
- Pager: now has an option to show desktop number.
- Pager: if no custom wallpaper has been set, it will draw rectangular translucent background with desktop number (like the pager in Plasma panel etc) instead of using "user-desktop" icon. If a custom wallpaper has been set, it will use the mini version of the wallpaper like the existing behaviour.
- Welcome dialog and Add Panel dialog: now have options to select the components
- Edit Launchers dialog: now has a Remove All button that will remove all existing launchers from the launcher list in the dialog. Of course the change doesn't take effect until and unless the user clicks Ok/Apply.

4. Under the hood: Code quality improvements.
- Better code separation between the model and the view
- Better automated testing coverage
- Increased usage of modern C++ style (C++ 11/14)

accessor

10 years ago

Try to "rm -rf ~/.kde/share/apps/ksmoothdock/". I have the same error today, the reason was - invalid icon path in one of menu-descriptor files.

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TheG33k

10 years ago

Please add Xinerama Support (Gentoo) for Ksmoothdock. I can not use without :(

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frankifol

10 years ago

kde 3.5.7
qt 3.3.8
archlinux kernel 2.6.21

i followed the instructions to install ksmoothdock and everything works well but for one thing. Every time I boot the system I have one more process named ksmoothdoch in ksysguard. I reached more than one hundred ksmoothdock processes and they uses a lot of resources. How can I avoid the killing of the process every time I boot?

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mrluk03

10 years ago

It happens in my Slack too. Since I've installed ksmoothdock for the first time. =(

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frankifol

10 years ago

I've bypassed this problem by setting ksmoothdock in the processes that shold not be saved when closing kde. Is the advanced section of "session" in control panel

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dangvd

10 years ago

Hi guys,

Sorry for the crash bugs. Although it doesn't happen on my PC, it seems to happen in a considerable number of cases. I am investigating the problem and trying to fix it.

Regards,
Viet D(z)ung

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dreamcatcher

10 years ago

Is it posssible to disable auto-hide and configure the dock someway that the open windows can cover it?

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ciruman

10 years ago

I'm interesting on it too.

Thank you, good job!

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Merritt

10 years ago

I compiled the program from Source, and I am using Kubuntu 7.04.

The program installed.. was running.. I configured a few things, and the last thing I can remember doing is adding an icon for Firefox. Now when I start the program (Alt-F2 + ksmoothdock) it starts, no problems, but as soon as I move the mouse over it's location at the top of the screen (it is set to autohide) the bar pops up for half a second then crashes.

"The application KSmoothDock (ksmoothdock) crashed and caused the signal 11 (SIGSEGV)."

Here is the backtrace:

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Using host libthread_db library "/lib/tls/i686/cmov/libthread_db.so.1".
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[KCrash handler]
#6 0x08072735 in ?? ()
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#10 0xb7570a68 in vtable for QPaintDevice () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#11 0x08087528 in ?? ()
#12 0x0810e9f0 in ?? ()
#13 0x00000002 in ?? ()
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This error is fully reproducable, every time. Any help?

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Merritt

10 years ago

I compiled the program from Source, and I am using Kubuntu 7.04.

The program installed.. was running.. I configured a few things, and the last thing I can remember doing is adding an icon for Firefox. Now when I start the program (Alt-F2 + ksmoothdock) it starts, no problems, but as soon as I move the mouse over it's location at the top of the screen (it is set to autohide) the bar pops up for half a second then crashes.

"The application KSmoothDock (ksmoothdock) crashed and caused the signal 11 (SIGSEGV)."

Here is the backtrace:

(no debugging symbols found)
Using host libthread_db library "/lib/tls/i686/cmov/libthread_db.so.1".
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[KCrash handler]
#6 0x08072735 in ?? ()
#7 0x082cb288 in ?? ()
#8 0x00000036 in ?? ()
#9 0xbfb4aae8 in ?? ()
#10 0xb7570a68 in vtable for QPaintDevice () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#11 0x08087528 in ?? ()
#12 0x0810e9f0 in ?? ()
#13 0x00000002 in ?? ()
#14 0x00000000 in ?? ()

This error is fully reproducable, every time. Any help?

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marxy

10 years ago

Qt: 3.3.7
KDE: 3.5.6-0.3.fc6 Fedora-Core
kde-config: 1.0


i get crash running ksmoothdock

[itan@itan ~]$ ksmoothdock
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: Launched DCOPServer, pid = 1647 result = 0
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1647' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1647'
kdeinit: Launched KLauncher, pid = 1651 result = 0
DCOP: register 'klauncher' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: new daemon klauncher
kdeinit: opened connection to :0.0
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: Launched KDED, pid = 1652 result = 0
DCOP: register 'kded' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'kded'
DCOP: register 'kded' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1652' -> number of clients is now 2
kdeinit: Got EXT_EXEC 'kbuildsycoca' from launcher.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
DCOP: register 'kbuildsycoca' -> number of clients is now 3
kbuildsycoca running...
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1654' -> number of clients is now 4
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1654'
DCOP: unregister 'kbuildsycoca'
kdeinit: PID 1654 terminated.
kdeinit: Got EXEC_NEW 'kconf_update' from launcher.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: PID 1655 terminated.
DCOP: new daemon kded
kdeinit: PID 1652 terminated.
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1652'
DCOP: register 'ksmoothdock-1644' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'ksmoothdock-1644'
KCrash: crashing... crashRecursionCounter = 2
KCrash: Application Name = ksmoothdock path = <unknown> pid = 1644
kdeinit: Got EXEC_NEW 'drkonqi' from socket.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: PID 1657 terminated.
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1658' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: 'anonymous-1658' now known as 'drkonqi-1658'
DCOP: unregister 'drkonqi-1658'

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marxy

10 years ago

Qt: 3.3.7
KDE: 3.5.6-0.3.fc6 Fedora-Core
kde-config: 1.0


i get crash running ksmoothdock

[itan@itan ~]$ ksmoothdock
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: Launched DCOPServer, pid = 1647 result = 0
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1647' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1647'
kdeinit: Launched KLauncher, pid = 1651 result = 0
DCOP: register 'klauncher' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: new daemon klauncher
kdeinit: opened connection to :0.0
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: Launched KDED, pid = 1652 result = 0
DCOP: register 'kded' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'kded'
DCOP: register 'kded' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1652' -> number of clients is now 2
kdeinit: Got EXT_EXEC 'kbuildsycoca' from launcher.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
DCOP: register 'kbuildsycoca' -> number of clients is now 3
kbuildsycoca running...
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1654' -> number of clients is now 4
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1654'
DCOP: unregister 'kbuildsycoca'
kdeinit: PID 1654 terminated.
kdeinit: Got EXEC_NEW 'kconf_update' from launcher.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: PID 1655 terminated.
DCOP: new daemon kded
kdeinit: PID 1652 terminated.
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1652'
DCOP: register 'ksmoothdock-1644' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'ksmoothdock-1644'
KCrash: crashing... crashRecursionCounter = 2
KCrash: Application Name = ksmoothdock path = <unknown> pid = 1644
kdeinit: Got EXEC_NEW 'drkonqi' from socket.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: PID 1657 terminated.
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1658' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: 'anonymous-1658' now known as 'drkonqi-1658'
DCOP: unregister 'drkonqi-1658'

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marxy

10 years ago

Qt: 3.3.7
KDE: 3.5.6-0.3.fc6 Fedora-Core
kde-config: 1.0


i get crash running ksmoothdock

[itan@itan ~]$ ksmoothdock
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: Launched DCOPServer, pid = 1647 result = 0
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1647' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1647'
kdeinit: Launched KLauncher, pid = 1651 result = 0
DCOP: register 'klauncher' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: new daemon klauncher
kdeinit: opened connection to :0.0
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: Launched KDED, pid = 1652 result = 0
DCOP: register 'kded' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'kded'
DCOP: register 'kded' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1652' -> number of clients is now 2
kdeinit: Got EXT_EXEC 'kbuildsycoca' from launcher.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
DCOP: register 'kbuildsycoca' -> number of clients is now 3
kbuildsycoca running...
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1654' -> number of clients is now 4
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1654'
DCOP: unregister 'kbuildsycoca'
kdeinit: PID 1654 terminated.
kdeinit: Got EXEC_NEW 'kconf_update' from launcher.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: PID 1655 terminated.
DCOP: new daemon kded
kdeinit: PID 1652 terminated.
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1652'
DCOP: register 'ksmoothdock-1644' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'ksmoothdock-1644'
KCrash: crashing... crashRecursionCounter = 2
KCrash: Application Name = ksmoothdock path = <unknown> pid = 1644
kdeinit: Got EXEC_NEW 'drkonqi' from socket.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: PID 1657 terminated.
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1658' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: 'anonymous-1658' now known as 'drkonqi-1658'
DCOP: unregister 'drkonqi-1658'

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JosueArevalo

11 years ago

micha0815, I have the same problem!

When I had KDE 3.5.6, it works fine, but now I have 3.5.7 and it returns the error:
Signal 8 (SIGFPE)

Any solution? :'(

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JosueArevalo

11 years ago

Solutioned!!!

Remove this directort: /home/user/.kde/share/apps/ksmoothdock

:D

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micha0815

11 years ago

Hi!

I've installed the .deb package (ksmoothdock_4.5_1_i386.deb) with dpkg and everything went fine. But when I start the program within the console it crashes with "Signal 8 (SIGFPE)". Any idea what I could do to prevent it or to find out where the mistake is?
Thanks in advance!

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smithxi

11 years ago

I've compiled this on Debian Etch x86_64, amd64, and it keeps crashing. Any reasons why? Is there anything I can do to fix this? Will there be an amd64 Debian package available ever? If so, how long?

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daTerminehtor

11 years ago

got this going on my new 10.2 suse build (long time user on 10, tks).

Nice work on the transparency.

I've an issue with it locking up when 'updating' a command, or icon. Just locks up and uses all avail memory and cpu cycles.

I can reproduce this each time.

Linux 2.6.18.2-34-default i686
openSUSE 10.2 (i586)
KDE: 3.5.6 "release 77.1"

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daTerminehtor

11 years ago

got this going on my new 10.2 suse build (long time user on 10, tks).

Nice work on the transparency.

I've an issue with it locking up when 'updating' a command, or icon. Just locks up and uses all avail memory and cpu cycles.

I can reproduce this each time.

Linux 2.6.18.2-34-default i686
openSUSE 10.2 (i586)
KDE: 3.5.6 "release 77.1"

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dangvd

11 years ago

Does it happen for a specific command or for any command?

Can you email me the command that causes the lock-up?

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daTerminehtor

11 years ago

Its any 'update' that this occurs. I can add apps without issue though. So, I've been removing them and re-adding them in its place.

What 'may' be the cause is that I created partitions for /, /boot, /usr.. etc. I had to amend the 'autostart' shortcut for it to load on start.

Might that be it? Might I have to make uninstall, then reinstall with a switch?

Not sure of that.

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daTerminehtor

11 years ago

As an update, I have 3 instances of this running when it starts up.

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rocketpack

11 years ago

Whenever I try to run ./configure I get the following message:
"checking for X... configure: error: Can't find X includes. Please check your installation and add the correct paths!"
I'm running PCLinuxOS TR4. I have installed the kde development tools among many, many other packages and nothing has made any difference. Is this a path problem or something? Please assist me. Thank you,
-Scott

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animae13

11 years ago

I have two problems with ksmoothdock.First of all for some reason in version 4.5 crashes every time i use this opera icon (http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/Another+Opera+9+Icon?content=41689) while in older version it didn't.Secondly some times while using "hide automatically" and i move the mouse over it to..show the bar it only shows one icon(the icon that is on that possition) and i have to move the mouse a little (right or left) to show all the icons.Thnks in advance

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dangvd

11 years ago

Can you email me the command for your Opera icon?

Thanks,

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v5.9 1 month ago

1. New feature: More visibility options for dock panels.
- There are now 4 visibility options: Always Visible, Auto Hide, Windows Can Cover (new) and Windows Go Below (new).
- Windows Can Cover (i.e. Intellihide) allows maximized windows to cover a dock panel. If covered, the dock panel will show itself when the user moves the mouse to the edge of the screen that the dock resides.
- Windows Go Below doesn't reserve screen space but maximized windows will go below a dock, unless the window is set to "Keep Above Others"

2. New feature: Wallpaper settings dialog.
- There is now a dedicate wallpaper settings dialog that allows the user to preview the wallpaper
- For multi-screen users: different wallpapers for different screens can be set. Note that KSmoothDock already provides the ability to set different wallpapers for different desktops. Thus, now, for example, if you have 4 virtual desktops and 2 screens, you can set 8 different wallpapers.

3. Minor improvements:
- Application Menu: now has an option to turn on/off reserving screen space when showing.
- Pager: now has an option to show desktop number.
- Pager: if no custom wallpaper has been set, it will draw rectangular translucent background with desktop number (like the pager in Plasma panel etc) instead of using "user-desktop" icon. If a custom wallpaper has been set, it will use the mini version of the wallpaper like the existing behaviour.
- Welcome dialog and Add Panel dialog: now have options to select the components
- Edit Launchers dialog: now has a Remove All button that will remove all existing launchers from the launcher list in the dialog. Of course the change doesn't take effect until and unless the user clicks Ok/Apply.

4. Under the hood: Code quality improvements.
- Better code separation between the model and the view
- Better automated testing coverage
- Increased usage of modern C++ style (C++ 11/14)

v5.8 2 months ago

1. New feature: Multiple Panels (Multiple Docks)
- The user can now add/clone/remove a panel
- The panels share the same appearance settings (e.g. background color, icon min/max sizes) but can be configured individually otherwise (e.g. the components, the launchers, whether auto-hide is enabled).

2. Minor improvements/bugfixes:
- Edit Launchers dialog now has a 'Launch a Website' command list to make it more convenient to create launchers to open Websites/WebApps.
- Using D-Bus Lock Screen command on a Launcher item now works properly, and it's been added to the D-Bus command list in the Edit Launchers dialog.
- Adds an option to set clock's font size to Large, Medium or Small. The clock's font size is still calculated automatically, but it will be scaled according to this setting.

v5.7 11 months ago

1. New feature: Application Menu
- Traditional cascading application menu, organized by categories
- Special menus/items such as Session, Power and Search (using krunner)
- Consistent look with the dock
- Automatically showing part of the screen to improve menu readability with translucent effect.
- Supporting drag action (dragging the menu items from the application menu to other destinations)
- Automatically updating itself when the desktop entries have changed
2. Various minor improvements/bug fixes

v5.6 1 year ago

1. New feature: Clock
- Can be turned on/off from the main context menu
- Left click on the clock shows calendar
- Right click on the clock shows clock's context menu with 24/12 clock format option and date&time settings
2. New: better support for multi-monitor
- If multi-screen is detected, there will be an option from the main context menu to select the screen for the dock to reside on
3. Various minor improvements/bug fixes

v5.5 1 year ago

1. New:
- Add settings for background opacity and whether to show border
- Add an Online Documentation menu item to the context menu
2. Various bug fixes and minor improvements in terms of display and UI
3. Improve automated testing

v5.4 1 year ago

1. New: Install/uninstall:
- Installing the program (by running "sudo make install") now adds an entry to the Application Menu (Utilities category) for easy access to it
- You can now uninstall the program by running "sudo make uninstall"
2. Bug fixes/Minor improvements:
- Scale the pager icons to the screen's width/height ratio if needed

v5.3 1 year ago

1. New feature: Edit Launchers dialog
- Easy to add/remove/edit the launchers
- Drag and drop within the launcher list to reorder the launchers
- You can also drag and drop from an external source such as K Menu to create new launchers
2. Bug fixes/Minor improvements:
- Add some icons to context menu
- Pager now refreshes automatically when the number of desktops has changed
- Pager: Non-zoomed items now do not clip zoomed items
- Pager: Setting wallpaper for a non-current desktop now doesn't temporarily affect the current desktop's wallpaper
- When loading launchers, the field codes (%) are now filtered out from the command

v5.2 1 year ago

1. New feature: Auto Hide
- Can be turned on/off from the context menu
- If turned on, hide the dock when the user leaves it and show it when the user moves the mouse on the edge of the screen that the dock resides
2. Bug fixes/Minor improvements:
- Corrects dock's height in vertical position with pager turned on
- Handles wallpaper loading error better
- Adds "Do-not-show-again" to wallpaper setting info message box
- If custom wallpaper is set with pager, draws a border around the pager icon for the current desktop
- Message box that recommends on the wallpaper setting feature of the pager, if it's not used (can be turned off with "Do-not-show-again")
- Corrects the icon of the default System Settings launcher item (the one created automatically when the user starts the dock for the first time)

v5.1 1 year ago

- New feature: Pager
+ Can turn on/off pager from KSmoothDock's context menu
+ Click on a desktop icon switch to that virtual desktop, or, if it's already the current desktop, show/hide the desktop
+ Can set different wallpapers for different desktops (this requires Plasma desktop widgets to stay unlocked)
+ If individual wallpapers are set, the icons will be the mini version of the wallpapers
- Bug fixed: KSmoothDock now shows on all virtual desktops even if launched from Plasma Quicklaunch

v5.0.3 1 year ago

- Bug fixed: KSmoothDock is now visible on all virtual desktops (if the user has multiple virtual desktops enabled).

v5.0.2 1 year ago

- Sync the settings to disk immediately when the user clicks Ok/Apply from the Settings dialog. Previously the sync only happened when the user exited the program.
- Use stricter compiling flags to help prevent potential bugs.

v5.0.1 1 year ago

- Bug fixed: KSmoothDock is now limited to one single instance only.
- Clean-up: Show Desktop is now more consistent with Plasma's show-desktop behavior.

v5.0 1 year ago

Major rewrite for KDE Plasma 5. Depends on Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5.

Currently the panel only supports launchers (including a Show Desktop item), but more features will be considered.

product-maker psychydyl Oct 29 2017

product-maker dequire Jun 29 2017

Excellent dock! Are there polans to provide an option to keep the dock visible on the desktop, but allow apps to cover them (i.e. when full-screen)? Either way, glad I found this. Nice work.

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