katapult

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements

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Katapult is an application for KDE, written in C++, designed to allow faster access to applications, bookmarks, and other items. It is plugin-based, so it can launch anything that is has a plugin for. Its display is driven by plugins as well, so its appearance is completely customizable. It was inspired by Quicksilver for OS X.

Use alt+space and start typing - you'll be presented with an option to launch something depending on what you've typed.

For example, hit alt+space then type "a" "m" (hit the two keys - no spaces or quotes) and this should offer to launch amarok - hit enter to launch

If you have no notification-area icon - then hit alt+space then ctrl+c to bring up the case-sensitive menu to allow you to configure katapult


We now have a wiki - http://katapult.kde.org/wiki/

fuze

14 years ago

Hmmm, it looks like somebody by the name of Eddy_BAck0o has hacked the katapult homepage - someone may want to check this out!


PS: katapult rocks!

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smihael

14 years ago

i have instaled katapult 0.3.1 (on KDE 3.5.2) for Debian (testing version). I type amarok and show nothing, I type kate,... Why?

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philoT

14 years ago

I have an idea that i think would improve on katapult When there are multiple matches for a given string, instead of going with the one that is nearest to the beginning of the alphabet,(That is how it works isnt' it)use the app/song that has been entered the most in the past. Most times I use firefox, but whenever I enter firefox(actually fir), I get firefox central instead of firefox web browser. To get to the browser I have to type "fir w"
Just an idea, great app otherwise. :)

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blueSceaDa

14 years ago

this thing is really great! even if it would just serve as a calculator or as amarok song selector... just great! :)

I use menukey to let it open and menukey+winkey to let it close (instead of esc)

really nice thing! .. even if the idea comes from mac osx ;)

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janet

14 years ago

To be meant as a replacement for Alt-F2 it isn't very mature yet. When I type e.g. "kjots" it always gives me the folder "kjots" in my home directory and does not propose the alternative to launch the kjots program (which I would expect in first place). And it is not possible to launch a program using parameters or to launch it as another user.

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gis

14 years ago

Nice app!

But I can't find a way to select one of multiple results. E.g. I have a folder named "kabc", but would also like to launch the program "kabc".

Besides being able to choose between different results (from a dropdown maybe?), one should be able to give the different plugins a priority so that e.g. the application plugin result gets always shown before the file or bookmark results.

BTW, an addressbook plugin would be cool, too, with actions like "Show contact" and "Send Mail", "Chat", ...

Thanks,
Carsten

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permafrost91

14 years ago

I'm trying to compile this with the MIME type patch on Kubuntu Breezy with KDE 3.5.1. Here's what I get:

g++ -Wno-long-long -Wundef -ansi -D_XOPEN_SOURCE=500 -D_BSD_SOURCE -Wcast-align -Wconversion -Wchar-subscripts -Wall -W -Wpointer-arith -O2 -Wformat-security -Wmissing-format-attribute -Wno-non-virtual-dtor -fno-exceptions -fno-check-new -fno-common -o .libs/katapult main.o katapult.o katapultsettings.o katapultconfigdlg.o katapultiface_skel.o confgeneral.o confcatalogs.o confdisplay.o -L/usr/lib -L/usr/share/qt3/lib -L/usr/X11R6/lib /usr/lib/libkdeui.so /usr/lib/libkio.so ../../katapult/common/.libs/libkatapultcatalog.so ../../katapult/common/.libs/libkatapultdisplay.so -Wl,--rpath -Wl,/usr/lib -Wl,--rpath -Wl,/usr/share/qt3/lib -Wl,--rpath -Wl,/usr/X11R6/lib
/usr/lib/libkatapult.so.0: undefined reference to `KatapultDisplay::keyReleaseEvent(QKeyEvent*)'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[3]: *** [katapult] Error 1
make[3]: Leaving directory `/home/user/Downloads/katapult-0.3.1.2/katapult/katapult'
make[2]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/user/Downloads/katapult-0.3.1.2/katapult'
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/user/Downloads/katapult-0.3.1.2'
make: *** [all] Error 2

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janet

14 years ago

When I want to start the program kjots (or something else) via katapult and also have a folder called "kjots" in my home directory, katapult always leads me to the folder. It would be better to get a choice of both, the folder and the program, everytime so that one could decide per tab key which one katapult should lead to.

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espentveit

14 years ago

Very usefull. I have a feature request: How about the ability to "tab" between files if multiple are found in the amaroK db?

Eg. if I type "Nirvana", and only know I want to listen to Nirvana, not which song. Having functionality that makes it go to the next song found when pressing the TAB-key would be great. (Shift-Tab for reverse)

Keep up the good work.

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UbuntuMez

14 years ago

well we're planning to mimic QuickSilver behaviour, so it's planned don't worry (thougbh it'll probably use up and down instead and tab to switch between item and action selection)

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Ekardnam

14 years ago

A kopete "catalog" would maybe be pretty nice. Type name/email, if availible show picture.

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UbuntuMez

14 years ago

This will be available for 0.4 - we have it working already - give me an email if you're interested in using the development version

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AlexTsr

14 years ago

How about if there was an option that Katapult would launch when you start typing "on the desktop" without the need of a shortcut key?

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Kiwara

14 years ago

Really great app. Keep this up,

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kalien

14 years ago

Hi, this is a great app. I made a patch for the documents plugin to show mime icons or previews. (I know It's slow on the preview sometimes and only shows the mime .. couldn't think of how to replace the image after Document::icon() has been called):

http://nfturton.atspace.com/katapult-0.3.1.2-docicon.patch

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UbuntuMez

14 years ago

I'll take a copy of this and put it into the devbranch.

I think coding an option to make it so that it's "choosable" shouldn't be too hard

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UbuntuMez

14 years ago

In fact - I cant see why this cant make the next release- I'm hacking on it now - if it works - it'll be in the next release ;)

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kalien

14 years ago

Hi, this is a great app. I made a patch for the documents plugin to show mime icons or previews. (I know It's slow on the preview sometimes and only shows the mime .. couldn't think of how to replace the image after Document::icon() has been called):

http://nfturton.atspace.com/katapult-0.3.1.2-docicon.patch

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bhautikj

14 years ago

Works perfectly under mandriva 2006 now - it's a superb app ;)

RPMS (.src, i586, x86_64) are here:
http://cow.mooh.org/togo

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janet

14 years ago

When I press Alt-F2 I also can begin to type and get proposals for programs to start. It requires I have once launched the app from Alt-F2, but then e.g. Alt-F2 k is enough to start kdf, kc starts kcontrol etc. (depends on your app usage). Doesn't sound much different to me.

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OculusAquilae

14 years ago

Please try to install it. You'll see why it's so nice.

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zekant

14 years ago

It would be nice to set on which screen the launcher appears. That would be great :)

Very good work, smooth and efficient

thanks !

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Animatrix30

14 years ago

A SuSE RPM is avaible :

Website >> http://www.animweb-fr.com/SuSE

Direct link >> http://www.animweb-fr.com/SuSE/rpm/katapult-0-3.1.2.i386.rpm

Enjoy it !

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IrYoKu

14 years ago

I am very impressed with this app. Applications like this make me like KDE even more.

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spiralfusion

14 years ago

I installed kubuntu recently, and accidentally at some point I pressed the alt-space combo. Katapult launcher faded in, and I wouldn't know what the f**k it was. I tried mouse action etc, but nothing happened. Then I pressed a letter on the keyboard. Pressing A, it displays Ark then pressing M it displays Amarok (A followed by M).
This is the coolest app ever. you can launch apps with very few keystrokes.
From what I understand, it looks on your K menu. It gets even better though. You also have access to your bookmarks, you can play mp3s (it connects to the amarok's db) very easily. So, if i want to play Dylan's Hurricane, (and amarok is open on the tray lets say) i just press ALT-SPACE and type hurr. imediately Katapult shows the song title and Album cover and by pressing ENTER i listen to it.

Someone was wondering why he can't launch firefox. If i type firefox, a firefox folder comes up. I need to type f w b (since firefox shows up as Firefox Web Browser) to launch it. Otherwise, I could just rename the firefox launcher on k menu to something else and use that instead.

This seems to me, somehow similar to the T4 word completion technology in mobile phones.

I just love using katapult!

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