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Source (link to git-repo or to original if based on someone elses unmodified work): https://github.com/dangvd/ksmoothdock

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Description:

KSmoothDock is a cool desktop panel with parabolic zooming effect for KDE Plasma 5, with the focus on smooth zooming effect and being simple and easy to use.

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

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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 gettext extra-cmake-modules qtbase5-dev libkf5activities-dev libkf5config-dev libkf5coreaddons-dev libkf5dbusaddons-dev libkf5i18n-dev libkf5iconthemes-dev libkf5xmlgui-dev libkf5widgetsaddons-dev libkf5windowsystem-dev

For Fedora, install the following packages: extra-cmake-modules kf5-plasma-devel qt5-devel kf5-kactivities-devel kf5-kdbusaddons-devel kf5-ki18n-devel kf5-kiconthemes-devel kf5-kxmlgui-devel kf5-kwidgetsaddons-devel kf5-kwindowsystem-devel

To build, extract the ksmoothdock-6.1.tar.gz file, then, from within the extracted ksmoothdock-6.1 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:

v6.1 16 days ago

1. Fixed some issues with building from source code on Arch, Manjaro and Fedora. Thanks the following github users for reporting and helping to fix the issues: omni6, shrinivas17081997, ttobsen, khongi, gzuaps.
2. New minor feature: added a shortcut-to-directory list in Edit Launchers dialog to make it more convenient to create a shortcut to a directory and make it more obvious that KSmoothDock supports it.

colonelpanic414

13 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

13 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

13 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

13 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

13 years ago

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

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dangvd

13 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

13 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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dangvd

13 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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industrie13

13 years ago

from me thanks too ;)

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omega

13 years ago

Thanks a lot! :)

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omega

13 years ago

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

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dangvd

13 years ago

Thank you all for your supports.

I am working on version 4.0 of KSmoothDock at the moment and I will try to implement new features and remove bugs as much as I can.

Regards,
Viet Dung

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reinaldo

13 years ago

That Docker is the better one...

You have any idea about implement systray support? I want to replace my normal Panel for KSmoothDock :D

Thanks for that nicw work!

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dangvd

13 years ago

System tray is really tricky to do but I am experimenting with it. You can be sure that as soon as I know how to do it, I will implement it.

Cheers,
Viet Dung

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mattdev121

13 years ago

Hey, there's a slight bug when running ksmoothdock under compiz/xgl. The icons sometimes leave behind "ghosts" in the top half of the bar. I don't really expect this to be fixed as compiz and xgl are still beta and a change in code could cause working on this bug to be useless, but a similar problem that was found in kxdocker was fixed, and it now uses _true_ transparency (actual GL-enhanced transparency).
Maybe the kxdocker patch will work in a similar way on ksmoothdock

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c87339

13 years ago

i'm enjoying ksmoothdock quite a bit... muck more exciting than the kicker. any hope of having a system tray added? i like to minimize gaim to the tray :)

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detvarsomfan

13 years ago

Love your work!
One question, even though I've set the opacity to 0, the background is black and is therefore visible with light coloured wallpapers. How can I make the entire background transparent?
Cheers,...

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colbster

13 years ago

Hi, I love this app, but im having trouble with the base icon size. No matter how many times I pick 128x128, it just doesn't want to work. It always stays at 64x64, and its really annoying. Any ideas of what the problem might be? im using os-l icons. Any way to change this in a config file or something? Thanks!

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mrkev1n

13 years ago

I have installed it OK, I had to install kdelibs4-dev and xlibs-dev for it to configure correctly. I then used the make command and the make install command. When I run ksmoothdock I get the following error message:
Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: No protocol specified
Can anyone assist me. I am using Kubuntu Dapper version.

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doncorneoli

13 years ago

hey, im sooooo new to linux that i have no idea what im doing when im installing. i downloaded the file and i dont know where to go from there. can someone give me like a baby step by step explanation of how to install it and get it running? thanks so much!

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linmain

13 years ago

we can't help you if you don't tell us your linux distribution...

cheers' linmain

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doncorneoli

13 years ago

im using SuSE 10.0 KDE 3.4

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kevkim55

13 years ago

Every time ksmoothdock is launched, it displays a window which, presents two options - 1. Move the kicker above automatically. 2. Do not move kicker.

I find this annoying, as I have to click on one of the options to get rid of the window. Is there a way I can just tell it to leave kicker alone ?

BTW, the windows that gets displayed (I mentioned above) hints that, ksmoothdock can work without kicker. Is that true ? If yes, how do I remove kicker ?

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Bobbb

13 years ago

I got the solution:
at first right-click on your kicker to change the preferences of it.
Then move it the top, (or left or wherelese...), remove the buttons from the kicker and confirm.
Afterwards let the kicker disappear. Restart KDE...and the window does not appear any more.
Bobbb

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zAfi

13 years ago

ksmoothdock is a great app, i love it!!

There's only one thing. It seems to me that i cannot open programs that are in the taskbar for example amaroK or ktorrent. But that should be possible, shouldn't it?? Is there any trick or is it just not possible atm??

keep up the great work!!

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v6.1 16 days ago

1. Fixed some issues with building from source code on Arch, Manjaro and Fedora. Thanks the following github users for reporting and helping to fix the issues: omni6, shrinivas17081997, ttobsen, khongi, gzuaps.
2. New minor feature: added a shortcut-to-directory list in Edit Launchers dialog to make it more convenient to create a shortcut to a directory and make it more obvious that KSmoothDock supports it.

v6.0 1 month ago

1. Major change: Combines launchers and tasks, similar to Mac OS X and Windows 7/10, including the ability to pin/unpin a program.
2. Bug fixes:
- Fixed a crash after removing a dock then change wallpapers

v5.15 4 months ago

1. New feature: New visibility mode: Windows Can Cover (Quiet)
- With this mode, the windows will completely cover the dock and the dock will not be activated if the user moves the mouse to that edge of the screen. The only way to see it is to resize/minimize the covering windows to uncover the dock.
2. Bug fix: Fixed a bug that caused a flicker if the user interacts with another dock on the same screen.

v5.14 4 months ago

1. Fixed a bug with panel transparency level conversion in the Appearance Settings dialog. For example, setting transparency to 42%, OK and reopening it would display 41%.
2. Changed the default values for panel transparency level back to 58% and show border to true. As default, this only affects running the dock for the first time and when the user selects Defaults in the Appearance Settings dialog.

v5.12 5 months ago

1. Added an option to change space between icons
2. Some optimization for the Task Manager
3. Minor fix/clean-up

v5.11 11 months ago

1. Added Panel Settings to the (right-click) context menu of optional components e.g. Pager, TaskManager and Clock, so that it is accessible from any part of the dock.

2. Fixed the bug where some of the non-KDE apps (e.g. Nautilus) don't show up in the Task Manager.

3. Minor bug fixes with the Task Manager, for example, with handling invalid window name regex in the icon override rules, or when checking skip-taskbar tasks.

v5.10 1 year ago

1. New feature: Task manager
- Task icons are sorted by program and creation time
- Can set up icon override rules to change the task icon depending on the program and task description, to help the user more easily identify the tasks belonging to the same program. For example, a Gmail Chrome window can be set to use a different icon from that of a YouTube Chrome window.
- Standard settings such as show tasks from all desktops/screens or only the current one.
- Only show tasks from the current activity to avoid accidentally switching activities.
- Task manager can be turned on/off from the main context menu.
- Right-click on the task manager shows the context menu for standard settings and icon override rules settings.

2. Minor Improvements:
- Launchers now show a visual effect when launching
- Improved visual in the borderless, 100% background transparency mode (which is now the default)
- Don't do the parabolic zooming if the mouse is just near the border, as quite often the user was just scrolling a window etc

v5.9 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

v5.0.2 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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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Nice !!
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product-maker dequire Jun 29 2017 9 excellent
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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