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 2 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

kevkim55

11 years ago

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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daTerminehtor

11 years ago

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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dangvd

10 years ago

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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daTerminehtor

11 years ago

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

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dangvd

10 years ago

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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jlone

11 years ago

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

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dangvd

10 years ago

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

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daTerminehtor

11 years ago

Thanks for the fine tool. :D
Many of us use multiple desktops, is there any method to run an applet that would allow one to choose which desktop to use? Only alternative is to open desktop previewer panel and choose that way.
PS - great news about the work on the placement options.

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dangvd

11 years ago

Hi,

Have you ever tried clicking in the tiny desktop wallpaper (desktop selector) in KSmoothDock? ;)

Cheers,
Viet Dung

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daTerminehtor

11 years ago

:P

I don't see that, nor in pref's. Is it added via the edit menu?

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dangvd

11 years ago

Of course, it is in the Preference (also initial settings). The option is called "Show Pager", obviously.

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daTerminehtor

11 years ago

:P

Thanks a bunch.

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markusk21

11 years ago

I love Ksmoothdock! But I need a Tray at least for gaim. How to do?

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dangvd

11 years ago

As I have posted here several times, I understand that a tray is necessary, however, at the moment, I don't know how to do it yet. I will implement it as soon as I know how to do it.

Best,

Viet Dung

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omega

11 years ago

Perhaps you could use kdocker in the meantime?

http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=13356

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dangvd

11 years ago

kdocker only allows you to dock apps into kicker's system tray. It is not a replacement for the system tray itself.

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colonelpanic414

11 years ago

Is there any way to configure the dock's background? Or to even get rid of it completely? I really love this dock. It is much simpler to configure than kxdocker, but not quite as many options as kxdocker. But yeah, is there any way to change the background? I would like to make its corners rounded.

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dangvd

11 years ago

I am considering implementing a background option or even a theme option. I'll try to do it after finishing essential stuffs. In the mean time, if you have any advice on this (e.g. how to organise a theme's background pictures), please email me.

Thanks,
Viet Dung

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animae13

11 years ago

I think the next version should support drag an drop files to open with the program i 'drop' it (just like macOS).For example if i have a file for video and i want to open it with mplayer with i have in kmoothbar all i have to do is 'drag and drop'

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dangvd

11 years ago

Thanks, I will try to implement it when I have finished other essential stuffs like position settings.

Viet Dung

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rioch

11 years ago

Does this use real transparency with xgl/compiz? If not, is it planned?

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dangvd

11 years ago

It's still fake transparency at the moment.

I want to implement real transparency, but only when the technology is mature and it is popular. At the moment, few people use xgl/compiz or composite... so I do not consider it yet.

Best,
Viet Dung

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industrie13

11 years ago

KSmoothdoock is really the best working dock for Linux I've seen so far. The only feature I miss at the moment is the possibility to place it at the top of the screen (or left or right). I think, this could increase its flexibility enormousely ;).
But however, great work!!! Keep up this way! ;)

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omega

11 years ago

I whole-heartily agree with that! Please consider implementing this feature in a future version of KSmoothDock.

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dangvd

11 years ago

Hi,

I am working on Placement (position) settings at the moment and will release the new version in the coming months.

Thanks,
Viet

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v5.7 2 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 3 months 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 months ago

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

v5.0.2 5 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 5 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 5 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.

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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