KoolDock

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements

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Description:

A kool dock for KDE. It attemps to resemble the Mac OSX dock. Check out the screenshots.



Features:

App Launcher.
On Screen text display (over icons).
Drag&Drop app list.
Auto-Hide.
Nice hide-show animation.
Transparency.
Xinerama support.
Others.

Check out the CVS:
http://ktown.kde.cl/kooldock/download.php

Join our Mailing-List:
http://ktown.kde.cl/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/kooldock-devel

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VIDEO: KoolDock 0.1 in action!!
http://ktown.kde.cl/kooldock/kooldock.avi
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UPDATE:
If you experience problems compiling KoolDock please do the following:
# make -f Makefile.dist
# ./configure
# make; make install

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IMPORTANT:
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A weekly CVS based Debian Unstable (SID) package is now generated at :
http://intranet.harlaut.net/debian/
This is an unofficial package provided by a KoolDock user (by mike at harlaut dot net)... Thanks.
Last changelog:

15 years ago

KoolDock 0.3:
- Added: Translation support (i18n): Spanish (complete), Swedish (complete), Polish (not fully up to date).
- Added: Mouse Wheel over Dock now switches Desktop.
- Added: Launcher icons can now be sorted through Launcher List.
- Added: Move to Desktop/Go To Desktop (Taskbar/Nav. Bar).
- Added: New option to Nav. Bar: Task List.
- Added: Theme support for KoolDock Background (5 themes).
- Added: Run launcher as different user.
- Added: It is now possible to tell KoolDock to manage all windows or those in the present Desktop.
- Added: Active window icon is now highlighted.
- Improved: Xinerama Support (user configurable screen resolution).
- Updated: About dialog information.
- Patches: Text Shadow Patch (thanks to William Ekholm).
- Fixed: KMenu and mousemove event: sigsegv (thanks to Jared Grubb).
- Fixed: Minor fixes and Optimizations.
- Experimental: Systray Support (do not use it unless you want to help us with this).

KoolDock 0.2
- Fixed separator issue, now it is drawed only when necessary.
- Fixed configuration - separator issue (now it is not disabled).
- Fixed setupdialog and appdialog resizing.
- Xinerama support (in preferences).
- Navigation Menu + clock (available through KoolDock menu).
- Screenshot of minimized windows (only through KoolDock menu).
- Added "Hide on click" (Hide KoolDock after clicking on an icon).
- Added "Show after"; how long the mouse must be at bottom of the
screen before showing the dock.
- Added "Run from Terminal" and "Keep Terminal Open" in the add
launcher dialog (useful for console applications, e.g: top, vim).
- Rewrote "Ignore List"; now it is possible to grab windows names.
- Proper tooltips in the "Preference Dialog"
- Optimization to the background drawing rutine.
- Major code clean-up (still needs more).
- Minor fixes.

Herz-von-Hessen

9 years ago

Deutsche Version
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Hallo,
Ich habe mir KoolDock mit Hilfe von YAST aus dem Repository, unter openSUSE 11.2/KDE 4.3, installiert und meine favorisierten Programme in das Menü hinzugefügt.
Aber wenn ich eines der Programme versuche mit einem Klick darauf zu starten, erhalte ich eine Fehlermeldung.
Hier ist ein Screenshot meines Problems:

http://de.tinypic.com/r/eu1wms/6

Zudem wird die Fehlermitteilung unter meiner Taskleiste geöffnet, so das ich dieses Fenster erst hoch ziehen muss um den Inhalt lesen zu können.
Grüße aus Deutschland/Hessen
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english Version
Hello,
i have installed KoolDock wiht YAST on openSUSE 11.2/KDE 4.3 and addet some favorite Applications into the Panel.
But when i klick on it, to start the Programm i become a Error Screen.
Here is a Screenshot of my Problem:

http://de.tinypic.com/r/eu1wms/6

Also the Error-Window was opened under my Taskbar, so i had to move in the middle of my Desktop to read the Content.

Greets from Germany/Hessen

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gzu

7 years ago

Hi,

I'm using fedora 16 and Scientific Linux 6.
In those distributions you need both kdelibs3 and kdebase3 (and their dependencies). Package names may be different in your distribution.

Regards,

GZU

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rhsoftware

10 years ago

can anybody sort out what happens if kolldock works on installations which are some months old and with a clone of the userhome on a new machine not?

Bugreport:
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=486673

I love this tool very much and have no idea what happens here :-(

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gzu

10 years ago

Hi,

This does work with Fedora 10 (and will compile), it will have dependencies on some kde3 libraries. You may also have to look for some patches that are around(e.g.kooldock-0.4.7-gcc43 patch).

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toadhall

10 years ago

Hi there,

is there any way to move kooldock to the side or up top???

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nerval

11 years ago

http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=50910

go there to download the latest.

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Contrast

11 years ago

It's working perfectly now. I'd only tried out the official 0.3 release prior to today. The improvements you've made are quite impressive. Keep up the great work.

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sirbenson

11 years ago

Hello,

activateing kooldock will always crash my compiz window manger.

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normfox

11 years ago

I just installed Suse 10.3 and Kooldock from packman repository. It ran fine for a while then started crashing on start-up. I uninstalled and reinstalled from source and it would still crash on startup with "signal 8 (SIGFPE)"
crash backtrace as follows:
System configuration startup check disabled.

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[KCrash handler]
#6 0x080635e6 in ?? ()
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normfox

11 years ago

I should apologize for the alarmist title. I meant to write crashes in Suse 10.3. The OS was fine kooldock would just crash on open. It was late; I was tired. I got it corrected this morning. It was my local kooldockrc config file that was causing the problem. Once I got rid of that kooldock started and let me try agian with the config. If you'd like a copy of the offending file let me know.

It's probably worth noting that I'm running dual monitors managed as a "TwinView" with Nvidia's driver. Kooldock is working now but throws the following every time I click the "Apply" button in the config GUI.
X Error: BadWindow (invalid Window parameter) 3
Major opcode: 20
Minor opcode: 0
Resource id: 0xc6fd5a
X Error: BadWindow (invalid Window parameter) 3
Major opcode: 20
Minor opcode: 0
Resource id: 0xc6fd46

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michalj

11 years ago

OpenSuse 10.3 packman repo, compiz

starting kooldock sometimes crashes x system, sometimes doesn't start, sometimes
works for some time then crashes :P

There's some problem with kooldock and 10.3 afaik, no solution found yet :P

cheers

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tweekyd

11 years ago

Installed from FC5 extras ... does not run as user, ran once as root and once only! seems now to be stuck as hidden .. don't know where the config files are.
Had a look for the source .. both links here go to the dark side of planet 404
Oh dear ... back to ksmoothdock!

KDE: 3.5.5-0.2.fc5 Fedora-Core
Kernel: 2.6.20-1.2320.fc5

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jezzybe

12 years ago

Hi, PLEASE help. The packages in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn seem wrong to me, I get these kinds of glitchy graphics and background, so kooldock is unusable to me:
http://librarian.launchpad.net/7472057/Screenshot-1.png
http://librarian.launchpad.net/7472069/Screenshot.png

Here's the bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/kooldock/+bug/111152


PLEAAAASE fix that package in ubuntu, anyone...

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petersi

12 years ago

Do you have the 'start hidden' checkbox inactive? If so, check this one. It's on tab 1 in the config-screen (right-click anywhere within KoolDock, change config).

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dummy_double

12 years ago

I have the same request, I want the dock on the top of the screen (I had Y'z dock on Windows but now I don't use that OS animore) but I miss my dock on top.

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petersi

12 years ago

As above, get on to version 0.4.6 In one of the configuration-tabs you can point kooldock to sit on any of the 4 sides of your screen.

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fercho

12 years ago

Hi! I have to say you made an excelent work with kooldock. But there is only one thing I must say: can you use this bar in the upper part of the screen and not on the taskbar?. Is there anyway to change this? Because let me tell you, your work is perfet but has this little problem (Or I dont know how to change it). I was watching the previews you have here and every pic has de kooldock on the taskbar. It would be, very very very nice if we could have the kooldock on the upper part of the desktop. Well if there is a way to configure it I would thank you if you tell me!. Thank you and keep on going!

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petersi

12 years ago

Try the taskbar on top... It gives a new feeling which might grow quickly on you!

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nicktrik

12 years ago

How can I get Kooldock on the top of the screen?

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petersi

12 years ago

get on to version 0.4.6
Beside the obvious version-differences, in one of the configuration-tabs you can point kooldock to sit on any of the 4 sides of your screen.

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tommycw1

12 years ago

This is pretty cool, two comments though.

First: the default should not be 'start hidden'. I didn't know that it was even running at first. I discovered it was quite some time later

Second: Both options on the last conf tab do not work. When they are changed, they reset back to the default 50% and 10 speed.

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Ludootje

13 years ago

The current Debian link doesn't work, here are two links for Debian Sid:

Release version: http://intranet.harlaut.net/debian/kooldock/
CVS version: http://intranet.harlaut.net/debian/kooldock_CVS/

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kage1986

13 years ago

I saw something like this :) Isn`t it called ksmoothdock? :) :P

How do you think, which one works smoother? Which one better handles transparency etc?

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warriorness

12 years ago

I tried both; ksmoothdock just didn't click with me. I love this one; only problem is (like all the other docks besides kicker itself) it can't handle kicker applets, and I'm rather a fan of my clock and KSysGuard CPU and RAM monitors.

As for transparency, the implementation is the best I've seen yet. Granted, it is pseudo-transparency (I don't think we'll see real transparency until 100% of KDE users use XGL/Beryl), but instead of simply grabbing the wallpaper as a background, KoolDock looks at the windows too. The effect is the closest to real transparency I've ever seen. See the screenshot at the bottom of my post.

Now, there are a few things that are lacking that make me hesitant to use this (instead of Kicker, which I'm currently using). My main issue is with the lack of kicker applet support (although systray is being worked on). There are a few other suggestions/issues:

1) Sometimes when un-hiding, the animation is very slow. I don't know if that's my CPU's fault or the program's fault (I think it has to do with trying to un-hide both KoolDock and Kicker at the same time).
2) Lack of customizability. While the preferences editor was very easy to use, it lacked a few features. Dock placement is not an option (although I don't mind having it on the bottom), and animation speed was not adjustable.
3) I would like to see an additional Taskbar option: "Only show minimized windows" (much like OSX's dock). Having used OSX before I moved to Linux, I'm used to not having a taskbar (takes up too much space), but I would like to be able to manage my minimized windows without having to use Alt+Tab.
4) Finally, Beryl applies a shadow to this window! I know it's Beryl's fault, but there seems to be no way to adjust it, and it makes it very ugly. See the screenshot.

Here's a screenshot: http://zenixstudios.com/files/wn/kooldock.png

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slavik

13 years ago

On Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger, I was able to get KoolDock to run under GNOME.

Steps:
1. Install automake-1.9
2. Uninstall automake-1.4
3. Install X-dev package
4. Install QT-dev package
5. Install KDE-dev package
6. compile/install kooldock

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15 years ago

KoolDock 0.3:
- Added: Translation support (i18n): Spanish (complete), Swedish (complete), Polish (not fully up to date).
- Added: Mouse Wheel over Dock now switches Desktop.
- Added: Launcher icons can now be sorted through Launcher List.
- Added: Move to Desktop/Go To Desktop (Taskbar/Nav. Bar).
- Added: New option to Nav. Bar: Task List.
- Added: Theme support for KoolDock Background (5 themes).
- Added: Run launcher as different user.
- Added: It is now possible to tell KoolDock to manage all windows or those in the present Desktop.
- Added: Active window icon is now highlighted.
- Improved: Xinerama Support (user configurable screen resolution).
- Updated: About dialog information.
- Patches: Text Shadow Patch (thanks to William Ekholm).
- Fixed: KMenu and mousemove event: sigsegv (thanks to Jared Grubb).
- Fixed: Minor fixes and Optimizations.
- Experimental: Systray Support (do not use it unless you want to help us with this).

KoolDock 0.2
- Fixed separator issue, now it is drawed only when necessary.
- Fixed configuration - separator issue (now it is not disabled).
- Fixed setupdialog and appdialog resizing.
- Xinerama support (in preferences).
- Navigation Menu + clock (available through KoolDock menu).
- Screenshot of minimized windows (only through KoolDock menu).
- Added "Hide on click" (Hide KoolDock after clicking on an icon).
- Added "Show after"; how long the mouse must be at bottom of the
screen before showing the dock.
- Added "Run from Terminal" and "Keep Terminal Open" in the add
launcher dialog (useful for console applications, e.g: top, vim).
- Rewrote "Ignore List"; now it is possible to grab windows names.
- Proper tooltips in the "Preference Dialog"
- Optimization to the background drawing rutine.
- Major code clean-up (still needs more).
- Minor fixes.

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