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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 13 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.

petersi

12 years ago

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

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dangvd

12 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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scummos

12 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

12 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

12 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

12 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

12 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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dangvd

12 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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Yaccin

12 years ago

++

i want a nice amarok applett :P

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pupil

12 years ago

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

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Yaccin

12 years ago

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

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GameMage

12 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

12 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

12 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

12 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

12 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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daflame

12 years ago

I think this app is great like everyone else, but I ran into an annoying problem that I'm sure others have run into as well. Whenever a window has focus and you move your mouse down to the dock, the zoom mode activates, but the graphics is hidden under the active window.
This bothered me for some time and I even tried to force keep window on top in the window settings. This did not work until I changed the window type to 'standalone menu'. So a suggestion I have would be to give an option to change the dock to a 'standalone menu' type window and keep it on top. Now even my auto-hide functionality doesn't have ksmoothdock obscured anymore.

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Deve

12 years ago

Hi,

this application is great. It worked really fine with SuSE 10.1 an KDE 3.1. But it somehow crashed on my computer and I don't know how to make it run again now.
Everytime I try to start it, it crashes.

I did a new installation via a rpm-package. On the first start the following messages occured:

kio (KService*): WARNING: The desktop entry file /opt/kde3/share/applications/kd
e/kbarcode-label.desktop has Type=MimeType instead of "Application" or "Service"
kio (KService*): WARNING: Invalid Service : /opt/kde3/share/applications/kde/kba
rcode-label.desktop


On any following startup it just crashes. Preventing the Crash Handler the kernel just sais "flowpoint exception"

Does anyone know where the problem is?

Thanks!

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daflame

12 years ago

What is your system configuration? You mentioned suse 10.1 and kde 3.1, but your current configuration is more important.

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jinchuriki

12 years ago

First of all, great application !!

I'm using FC5 KDE 3.5.5-0.2, facing problem with parabolic zooming mode and auto hide feature.

Parabolic zooming mode problem same as be4truth. I realised that ksmoothdock has problem with kde3.5 above. I'm willing to wait for the fix for this :)

Auto-hide feature does not work as expected. Manual activation of hide will hide it to the left side of the desktop. On the other hand, auto-hide hides the app but it will not bring it back no matter what i do. I have to restart the app for it to work again. Hope to have this fixed in the next release as well..

All in all, wonderful app, keep it up !!!

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rschwarz

12 years ago

Hello !

I have a question about ksmoothdock and a smaller problem that I encountered on my machine.
( its a gentoo linux, Qt: 3.3.6, KDE: 3.5.5 & KSmoothDock: 4.0 ) .

ksmoothdocks startup works by the symbolic link you postet, so its starting up fine at every login.
the problem I have is that every login the application moves the icons 'lying around' on the desktop up for one grid on the desktop icon alignment grid. this happens every time and i currently have no idea why.
Even fixing KDE desktop icons to a specific location doesn't help.

Has anyone here an idea what this might be ?

Thanks alot for your help, and to the author of ksmoothdock : nice work ! thanks a lot ! :-)


greetings !

roland

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ziletka

12 years ago

Please fix problem with KDE 3.5.5. for openSUSE 10.2 users.

good luck and thanks

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be4truth

12 years ago

I am running Fedora 6 with 3.5.5-0.4.fc6.
Normal zooming mode works fine. The parabolic zooming doesn't display full size. The box around cuts it.

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daflame

12 years ago

Check the info at the top of the page... It says that kde 3.5.5 breaks ksmoothdock. And actually in my experience it is specifically with regards to parabolic zooming. When I switch to normal mode it works fine. BTW. (To the designer) Do you have plans to create a workaround for us poor kde 3.5.5 users. I upgraded without realizing that my main program (ksmoothdock) was incompatible. When it didn't work I came here to find a fix to my dismay. If you need an extra hand, I am not a stranger to programming and I have a vested interest in this program. Send an email to: wjeremy at shaw dot ca

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martin007

12 years ago

when I ./configure
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checking for Qt... configure: error: Qt (>= Qt 3.2 and < 4.0) (headers and libraries) not found. Please check your installation!
For more details about this problem, look at the end of config.log.


Where is the problem?

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v6.1 13 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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