Description:

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

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

For more information, please visit Wiki page: https://github.com/dangvd/ksmoothdock/wiki

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To build, extract the ksmoothdock-5.2.tar.gz file, then, from within the extracted ksmoothdock-5.2 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 this installation (which basically copies the binary from ksmoothdock-5.2 directory to the BIN directory e.g. /usr/local/bin), you can run this command from any directory to start the program:
$ ksmoothdock

Changelog:

v5.2 3 hours 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 13 days 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 each desktop (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 15 days ago

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

v5.0.2 19 days 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 20 days 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 22 days 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.

10 years ago

dangvd

Yeah at the moment the separator is missing, I will re-implement it very soon.

About the system tray, if it is implemented there will always be an option to turn it off, so it will not affect your current setting.

Best,
Viet Dung

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10 years ago

orychalk

it misses some options like automatic hiding ( it was present in previous versions )

:(

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10 years ago

dangvd

Please read the short FAQ above.
Regards,
Viet Dung

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10 years ago

orychalk

Oups :(
i 've read too fast .... Sorry

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10 years ago

eMDi

checking for KDE... configure: error:
in the prefix, you've chosen, are no KDE headers installed. This will fail.
So, check this please and use another prefix!

can u help me?

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10 years ago

dangvd

Please check that you have KDE development packages installed. And try:
./configure --prefix=/YOUR_KDE_DIR

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10 years ago

chavo

Runs great here the only problem is that it is not Twinview or Xinerama aware. This seems to be the case with all of the docks for Linux. When set to the bottom or top position it will open across both screens. Not too big an issue but with 2 different resolutions most of the dock is off screen.

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10 years ago

dangvd

Yes, I am aware of the problem. I will try to fix it. In the mean time, you could try setting the dock position to Left or Right.
Best,
Viet Dung

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10 years ago

animae13

i forgot the plain usuall but really meeningfull thank you part. Great work it is the best mac-like bars ever. Keep up the good work

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10 years ago

animae13

when i try to extract the files i run into a problem and it stops but some files are already extracted.
But if i run ./configure everything seems great
'Good - your configure finished. Start make now'
after make and make install if i try to start ksmoothdock it says

' bash: ksmoothbar: command not found
animae@animae-desktop:~/Desktop/ksmoothdock$ ksmoothdock
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 169
Major opcode: 147
Minor opcode: 3
Resource id: 0x0
Failed to open device
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 169
Major opcode: 147
Minor opcode: 3
Resource id: 0x0
Failed to open device
ScimInputContextPlugin()
kdeui (KRootPixmap): [/tmp/buildd/kdelibs-3.5.4/./kdeui/krootpixmap.cpp:271] activating background exports.
KCrash: crashing... crashRecursionCounter = 2
KCrash: Application Name = ksmoothdock path = pid = 2623
'.


and appears a window saying that ksmoothdock crashed and caused the signal11(SIGSEGV)


When i reinstall ksmoothdock 3.6.1 everything runs smoothly

Is there a problem with the ark(i have kde 3.5.4)

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10 years ago

orychalk

i have the same problem ;(

AAAAARRRRGGGHHHHH !!!!!

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10 years ago

dangvd

Sorry the source package I uploaded several hours ago was corrupt.

I have just uploaded the proper one so the dock v4.0 should work now.

Best,
Viet Dung

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10 years ago

animae13

when i try to extract the files i run into a problem and it stops but some files are already extracted.
But if i run ./configure everything seems great
'Good - your configure finished. Start make now'
after make and make install if i try to start ksmoothdock it says

' bash: ksmoothbar: command not found
animae@animae-desktop:~/Desktop/ksmoothdock$ ksmoothdock
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 169
Major opcode: 147
Minor opcode: 3
Resource id: 0x0
Failed to open device
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 169
Major opcode: 147
Minor opcode: 3
Resource id: 0x0
Failed to open device
ScimInputContextPlugin()
kdeui (KRootPixmap): [/tmp/buildd/kdelibs-3.5.4/./kdeui/krootpixmap.cpp:271] activating background exports.
KCrash: crashing... crashRecursionCounter = 2
KCrash: Application Name = ksmoothdock path = pid = 2623
'.


and appears a window saying that ksmoothdock crashed and caused the signal11(SIGSEGV)


When i reinstall ksmoothdock 3.6.1 everything runs smoothly

Is there a problem with the ark(i have kde 3.5.4)

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10 years ago

dangvd

Sorry the source package I uploaded several hours ago was corrupt.

I have just uploaded the proper one so the dock v4.0 should work now.

Best,
Viet Dung

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10 years ago

animae13

when i try to extract the files i run into a problem and it stops but some files are already extracted.
But if i run ./configure everything seems great
'Good - your configure finished. Start make now'
after make and make install if i try to start ksmoothdock it says

' bash: ksmoothbar: command not found
animae@animae-desktop:~/Desktop/ksmoothdock$ ksmoothdock
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 169
Major opcode: 147
Minor opcode: 3
Resource id: 0x0
Failed to open device
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 169
Major opcode: 147
Minor opcode: 3
Resource id: 0x0
Failed to open device
ScimInputContextPlugin()
kdeui (KRootPixmap): [/tmp/buildd/kdelibs-3.5.4/./kdeui/krootpixmap.cpp:271] activating background exports.
KCrash: crashing... crashRecursionCounter = 2
KCrash: Application Name = ksmoothdock path = pid = 2623
'.


and appears a window saying that ksmoothdock crashed and caused the signal11(SIGSEGV)


When i reinstall ksmoothdock 3.6.1 everything runs smoothly

Is there a problem with the ark(i have kde 3.5.4)

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10 years ago

6thpink

I used
./configure --prefix=/usr/kde/3.5/ --without-arts
make
su
make install

Then, it crashed. GDB reports:

[code]
This GDB was configured as "x86_64-pc-linux-gnu"...Using host libthread_db library "/lib/libthread_db.so.1".

(gdb) run
Starting program: /usr/kde/3.5/bin/ksmoothdock
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
[New Thread 47928304030336 (LWP 22228)]

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
[Switching to Thread 47928304030336 (LWP 22228)]
0x000000000040dc17 in KSmoothDock::updateLayout ()
(gdb) bt
#0 0x000000000040dc17 in KSmoothDock::updateLayout ()
#1 0x0000000000412dd4 in KSmoothDock::KSmoothDock ()
#2 0x000000000040daa6 in main ()
(gdb) c
Continuing.
KCrash: Application 'ksmoothdock' crashing...
KCrash cannot reach kdeinit, launching directly.

Program exited with code 0375.
[/code]

Tried also just ./configure --without-arts --prefix=/usr/ and with no prefix at all.

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10 years ago

6thpink

Tried also this:

./configure --prefix=/usr/ --host=x86_64-pc-linux-gnu --mandir=/usr/share/man --infodir=/usr/share/info --datadir=/usr/share --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var/lib --with-x --enable-mitshm --without-xinerama --with-qt-dir=/usr/qt/3 --enable-mt --with-qt-libraries=/usr/qt/3/lib64 --disable-dependency-tracking --disable-debug --without-debug --without-arts --enable-libsuffix=64 --with-extra-includes=/usr/kde/3.5/include --with-extra-libs=/usr/kde/3.5/lib64 --libdir=/usr/lib64 --build=x86_64-pc-linux-gnu

That is what my gentoo ebuild uses to compile kde-misc/ksmoothdock-3.6.1, which compiles and runs fine.

But 4.0 refuses to work, the same gdb backtrace.

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10 years ago

dangvd

Sorry the source package I uploaded several hours ago was corrupt.

I have just uploaded the proper one so the dock v4.0 should work now.

Best,
Viet Dung

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10 years ago

kevkim55

I prefer ksmoothdock over kxdocker. ksmoothdock is easily configurable and behaves like kicker to a great extent. There's one thing it is missing though. It doesn't have a system tray. Ideally, I'd like to have just ksmoothdock loaded with, kicker hidden completely so, I can use ksmoothdock as the only bar. Problem comes where, I need to launch an application minimized to system tray, kmail for eg. For this, I'm forced to restore kicker and restore kmail. Wouldn't it be nicer if ksmoothdock included a system tray as well. This would eliminate the need to have kicker to have as a standby.

ksmoothdock still seems to have some glitches in display as, sometimes when you move the mouse away, parts of the zoomed icons or the desktop background remain displayed on the application that is running in the foreground.

Can we not have the option to stretch ksmothdock to the full screen length and keep the quick launcher to the left, clock and sys tray to the right with task bar in the middle, just like the kicker ?

And, an option to stack the desktop pager icons on one top of the other, like kicker ?

I would appreciate any response in this regard.

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10 years ago

daTerminehtor

I know the author has said previously he's been unable to create the needed code for a systray to be included (no knock on the author at all). He's asked for suggestions but, to the best of my knowledge, none have been forthcoming.

I've also noticed the icon name remaining on occassion.
I'd like to make the clock a little more configurable (date/s, 24/12 hr time... day's... etc).

Still, a nice app.

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10 years ago

dangvd

Thanks for your support.

About your questions:
1. System tray: I will implement it as soon as I know how to do it technically. It s quite tricky.

2. I am always trying to make the zoom effect better. It is still far from the effect in other OSs now.

3. The length of the dock depends on the setting of dock item's size and the number of dock items so I'm not sure if I can do like you said. Whereas with kicker, the lenght of a task button is dynamic.

4. Can you explain this further?

Regards,
Viet Dung

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10 years ago

daTerminehtor

Is there a 'way' to rename the desktops to match what I've named them in control centre?

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10 years ago

dangvd

Sorry at the moment, KSD does not support this, pager icon is not a launcher and hence cannot be edited.
Regards,
Viet Dung

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10 years ago

jlone

Need help installing this on 10.1 :)Any help would be awesome.

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10 years ago

dangvd

So have you tried the guide above? (./configure, make, make install I meant)

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