iswitchwin

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements

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iswitchwin lets you easily switch between windows on your workspaces by
typing (part of) the caption of the desired window. It has been inspired by
iswitch-window.jl originally written by Topi Paavola for
Sawfish window manager. iswitchwin uses libwnck to control your window
manager and has been primarily written for Metacity and Gnome environment.
It should work with any EWHM compatibile window manager.

Superstoned

14 years ago

we have alt-tab (which in kde looks better and is more usable compared to other windowmanagers because it is vertical instead of horizontal);
we have kompose;
we can assign shortcuts to every window;
a mouse-over on the pager shows all windows;
we have the windowlist;
but this is KDE so if anyone could use it, we might add it.

as it is now, this is NOT a KDE improvement, as it is for gnome. gnome might need it like it needed dbus (but kde has dcop) like it needed gstreamer (but kde had arts) and like much other stuff. i think KDE has enough ways of finding your desired window, sorry.

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martinman

14 years ago

I'm not going to get into flames with you, but just to clarify:

1) dbus is not for gnome, it's freedesktop.org thing
2) dbus is working fine in KDE without any special tweaks, tried in kubuntu
3) iswitchwin works with KDE (except some focus problems that are related to X themselves), no reason why I should not consider it an improvement for KDE, I know at least one person who uses it under KDE :) (and no, it's not me) :-)

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Superstoned

14 years ago

about d-bus, i didn't say it is FOR gnome, merely the gnomes adopted it because they had no choice. KDE has dcop which is generally better. check for an example http://www.kdedevelopers.org/node/1752

and this happens often, like with gstreamer.

anyway, if this works with KDE and ppl like it, it's an kde improvement, yes. i just wonder how usefull it is, taking all current ways of window management in account.

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athleston

14 years ago

Alt + tab,

but Alt + tab is going to be much faster and convenient, you dont have to take your hands off the keyboard to go mousing.

So I am sure newbies and the GUI people would like this but it should not take away from the convenience of hot key use

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martinman

14 years ago

the main purpose of iswitchwin is to make the navigation among multiple windows easy using only the keyboard, you don't have to touch the mouse at all.

just bind iswitchwin to a hotkey and when you activate it start typing for example 'pdf' and the list shrinks to show only the windows having 'pdf' in their title, aterwards you can use Tab, Shift+Tab, Up, Down and Enter to navigate+switch to the desired window

HTH, Martin

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puelocesar

14 years ago

if you have lots of windows on screen this could be very useful

I think it's a good idea

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nnn

14 years ago

You think it's fast ? :p
You can make a script using "wmctrl" (to list windows) and kdialog (to choose a window by typing its name) to "implement" the idea, and use it instead of alt-tab (associate a hotkey with your script). You'll see if it's as fast as you imagine.

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nnn

14 years ago

ah damn I haven't seen it was already done, forget my previous comment

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