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 Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5 development packages installed.

To build, extract the ksmoothdock-5.7.tar.gz file, then, from within the extracted ksmoothdock-5.7 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:

v5.7 19 days 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

vvves

10 years ago

automake (GNU automake) 1.9.6
...
configure: creating ./config.status
wrong input (flag != 4) at admin/conf.change.pl line 117, <> line 1221.
config.status: creating Makefile
sed: -e expression #1, char 317: unknown option to `s'
config.status: creating doc/Makefile
sed: -e expression #1, char 322: unknown option to `s'
config.status: creating doc/en/Makefile
sed: -e expression #1, char 328: unknown option to `s'
config.status: creating po/Makefile
sed: -e expression #1, char 321: unknown option to `s'
config.status: creating src/Makefile
sed: -e expression #1, char 322: unknown option to `s'
config.status: creating config.h
config.status: executing depfiles commands
Good - your configure finished. Start make now

But it can't be make:

no target to make

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dangvd

10 years ago

I don't know why ./configure failed, but what distribution are you using? probably you can look for its binary package.
Cheers,

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vvves

10 years ago

I update the system to ubuntu 7.04 last week。Now it's maked succeed and work fine.

But the Kmenu icons has some bug as before,when mouse over this then leave the dock area,the kmenu icon(the first dock :"start applications") is keep big zoom and the text is not disappear until mouse over other dock icon.

I like it very much,Thank your job.

Sorry,my english is very poor.


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vvves

10 years ago

sorry,not "over",it's "click" then leave the dock area,and do not over other icon.

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dangvd

10 years ago

I see, will try to fix it.
Regards,

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cewanf

10 years ago

I like this one!
For me to start using it I would need the following enhancement:
- Multimonitor support, right now if you put it to Top or Bottom it will be placed half on the left monitor half on the right monitor.

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dangvd

10 years ago

I will implement it eventually, but probably after system tray. In the mean time, you can put it on the left or right side...

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cewanf

10 years ago

I'm glad that you are planning to fix it, looking forward to it! :-)

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imitation

10 years ago

Nice job, but: I think kooldock does the same job better: It looks better, runs faster and (in default) does not have stuff like the systray and viewport-switcher.
One thing i have to put out about ksmoothdock: you can position it on any corner of the screen.

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dangvd

10 years ago

Hi,
Kooldock actually looks similar because it is a fork of KSmoothDock 2.x. KSmoothDock can run faster or slower, depending on the settings you choose (i.e. zoom mode, components...).
Cheers,

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petersi

10 years ago

actually, KoolDock can be placed on every corner too...

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scummos

10 years ago

Seems to be very nice, but i activated autohide, and now i am neither able to make the dock appear nor to open the settings... what to do?

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montanamax

10 years ago

You can directly edit the ksmoothdock configuration file with a text editor at

~/.kde/share/config/ksmoothdockrc

Look for the line Autohide=1 and change it back to Autohide=0

then either kill and restart the ksmoothdock process (if you know the PID or how to find it easily) or just save all your work and restart your x-windows session by logging out or with ctrl-alt-backspace

Good luck!

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zerocool42

10 years ago

Thank you so much for this. I have come accross docks like this before but never been able to get them to work. But thanks to you and Chytrex Petule the .deb file made it supremely easy. (tho first time round it didn't work, uninstalling and reinstalling sorted it)

1 question tho, and it may just be because I'm new to linux, I start ksmoothdock by typing its name in the terminal, but if I then close the terminal window, ksmoothdock closes too. Is this meant to happen? (Its not a big problem, just wondering really!)

Also, for people out there who are wondering, its a bit slow on 128Mb of RAM but does work. I am glad that I'll soon be upgrading to 512Mb tho.

Also, an amarok applet would be lovely :P

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montanamax

10 years ago

Try running the command in terminal with an ampersand (&) after it - that tells it to run the program in a background thread.

ksmoothdock&

Good luck!

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jboismartel

10 years ago

Great work ! one last thing that would be usefull to have is the media applet. Do you think you could add it in future release ?

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Yaccin

10 years ago

++

i want a nice amarok applett :P

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dangvd

10 years ago

I will implement applet support for KSmoothDock. However, there are stuffs that need to be done first, like system tray support.

Cheers,
Viet D(z)ung

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pupil

10 years ago

download link (i586):
http://donnie.110mb.com/downloads.php?cat_id=2&download_id=22

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Yaccin

10 years ago

http://bennid.de/files/linux/debs/kubuntu/feisty/ksmoothdock_4.4-1_i386.deb

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GameMage

10 years ago

AMD64 Debain Package made by using alien on an AMD64 RPM. Works perfectly well under K/Ubuntu: http://deb.magemasher.com/ksmoothdock_4.3-2_amd64.deb

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namxob645

10 years ago

I have ksmoothdock running in kde 3.5.6 but the auto-hide feature does not work. Other than that it works just fine. I 'm using arch linux and compiled with automake 1.9 installed.

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CP1

10 years ago

The developer has stated he is going to work on getting this ready for 3.5.6 and the auto hide would be great to have back. Also, if anyone has this working as an RPM... would be nice. PCLos is looking to hopefully add this one to distro if dev gets this ready for prime time!

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CP1

10 years ago

Are there plans on getting this working with at least 3.5.6? Would like to get this added to PCLinux 0.94 2007 however, it uses 3.5.6

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florkus

10 years ago

I have a big problem.
The KSmoothDock takes about 130 PIDs.
Is it normal ? It really takes a lot of memory
I link ksmoothdock to ~/.kde/Autostart
I use kde 3.5.1

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v5.7 19 days 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 month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

v5.0.2 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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.

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