Wallpaper Plugin "Fly Mode"

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Source (link to git-repo or to original if based on someone elses unmodified work): Add the source-code for this project on opencode.net

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Description:

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The wallpaper plugin moves a seamless wallpaper picture endlessly over the desktop, making you feel like flying.
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Watch out the plugin consumes some cpu time. It's not advisable for weak pc's. I was told that there is no way to improve performance at the moment, due to limitations of the graphics system.

It looks particularly nice with close-ups or pattern.
I couldn't package any samples here because the file size would be to large.


try :
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46811114@N07/4312718312/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46811114@N07/4312718320/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46811114@N07/4312718306/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46811114@N07/4312872764/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46811114@N07/4312718286/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46811114@N07/4312718282/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46811114@N07/4312718292/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46811114@N07/4313087449/

Note : These sample pics are taken from kde-look.org, KDE 4.4, user mirzaD and others
Thanks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1tdGnxXK7o


to make an image seamless you can use gimp : Filters->Map->"Make Seamless"

It installs 2 files which can be easily deleted :

/usr/li/kde4/plasma_wallpaper_FlyMode.so
/usr/share/kde4/services/plasma-wallpaper-FlyMode.desktop



installation instruction :

prerequisites : the kdebase-workspace-dev package must be installed



1. unpack archive to any location

2. start konsole and goto build subdirectory of the plasma-wallpaper-FlyMode folder

3. type in konsole :

cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config --prefix`

make

sudo make install


4. it might be necessary to lock out and back in before you can select the FlyMode wallpaper mode

right click desktop -> choose "Desktop Settings" -> select Wallpaper Type : "Fly Mode"


in case you make changes to the project and want to recompile it, just delete all files inside the build directory first

Last changelog:

10 years ago

version 0.8 :

- minor changes, fixes and improvements
- supports drag'n drop of pictures on desktop (KDE 4.4)


version 0.7 :

- controls actually work
- better performance
- greater speed range selection
- preview fixed

ingalex

10 years ago

I don't know if it can be useful, but I have packaged in debian this
version (0.8) of plasma-wallpaper-flymode and I have inserted it into my repository. I hope it can be
useful. I don't know if you can put the link in the description.
bye! alex.
http://www.sourceslist.eu/guide/plasma-wallpaper-flymode-versione-0-8-pacchettizzato-per-ubuntu-karmic-koala-9-10/

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envalin

10 years ago

How about checking out the "Snow" plugin? Maybe this would help you get the animation down so it doesn't eat up the CPU, seeing as the snow plugin is rendering a whole bunch of tiny images to fall at different speeds. Although I know its harder with large images.

If this was fixed up enough, I would love to see this just flat out incorporated into the normal image and slideshow modes. You could also *possibly* add a little "direction and speed" circle, rather than choosing just vertical and a 1-10 setting on a slider. It would be similar to this in Photoshop:

http://www.foundation-flash.com/tutorials/blendingoptions2/shadowsettings1.PNG

Also, maybe a random direction and speed box would be cool if you got it working with slideshows too! Ambitious ideas, I know, but I love it so far.

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mirzaD

10 years ago

This is really great and it looks awesome, but cpu usage is really high.
I hope you find i way to improve that.

BTW here is one great picture for this plugin that i made using your instructions:
http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/9806/circlesq.jpg

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gooler

10 years ago

This is a cool idea, hope you keep working on it to correct this small problems and improve its performance.

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gooler

10 years ago

Also, if you could somehow make this work with the weather wallpaper it would be awesome.

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PhilippeP

10 years ago

I installed it using your PPA and it runs fine (CPU load Ok) but it only scrolls vertically ... (does not want to change to horizontal)

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optimusKDE

10 years ago

Unfortunately yes, that spoils the fun a bit.
As i explained above the controls don't work in the desktop setting dialog, but they do work in the plasmawallpaperviewer.
I don't know why, but possibly it's fixed in the upcoming KDE 4.4 version.
I'll see if i need to fix something on my side.

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srog

10 years ago

With the Kubuntu 9.10 (KDE 4.3) the wallpaper is scrolling fine though the CPU load is high.

Thank you !

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PhilippeP

10 years ago

Just upgraded to KDE 4.4 SC , and now Fly Mode crashes plasma ...
Still using 0.5 from PPA, do you plan to put 0.8 on it ??

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optimusKDE

10 years ago

Right
On my 4 core 3 GHZ pc it uses 15% cpu.
I'm not sure if there is a way to reduce that, because it's an animation that basically repaints the entire screen at least 10 times per second.
But maybe a kde developer can tell me if there is a better way to do the painting.

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10 years ago

version 0.8 :

- minor changes, fixes and improvements
- supports drag'n drop of pictures on desktop (KDE 4.4)


version 0.7 :

- controls actually work
- better performance
- greater speed range selection
- preview fixed

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