IDEA: desktop areas

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This is an idea to asign icon areas to the desktop. This will let us create:
- new icons areas: areas where new icons appear, so that they don not mix with our permanent icons and it is easy to find them.
- no icon areas: areas where icons cannot stay. This areas would be really helpful for superkaramba, since if it creates one of this areas where every theme is, you will know for sure that there are no icons behind them.

This could also be integrated with SVG backgrounds, so, when u create the background you create shapes for this areas and you know that the icons will be nicely distributed in your background.

mabs

15 years ago

I'd like to have different areas of desktop icons.
First a "device" area there CDs, usb-key and other storage devices are shown. A dynamic area.
Second permanemt icons, like trash, home and "my documents".
Third could be application-links, for quick access. Optional of cause. This is for the users who use shortcuts on the desktop for "quick launch".
Fourth normal files and folders stored on the desktop.

There would still be room for your suggestions.

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fungs

15 years ago

I really like the concept. My attempt, though, was to patch kdesktop to show areas, which are representing folders in ~/Desktop still using normal files. This would make it compatible with other environments and bring more order to my desktop. Backgrounds are good too. I would even like desktop areas, that could be minimized...

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smileaf

15 years ago

I'd find it a lot cleaner to have the "windows" like karamba to somehow tell kdesktop "hey I'm using this section.. you can't"

As for the wallpaper idea.... I don't really see a real need for that :/

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linmain

15 years ago

i would suggest that we mark all new icons with a small bubble which displays .desktop infos "%DESCRIPTION \n %COMMENTAR \n Executes %FILE". if you click at it or restart kde or click onto the bubble, it is removed from the icon

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smileaf

15 years ago

And that option would be the *first* I'd turn off :/
I know where I put my new icons thank you :)

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linmain

15 years ago

plasma - or kdesktop - wouldn't display bubbles for user created icons of course.

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pajaro

15 years ago

:D amazing! this is really simple and avoids the need of new icons areas!

do you have another idea like this for no icons areas?

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mbr

15 years ago

Hi,

thats a very nice idea.

I think it would be also good, if it would be possible to get e.g. an area at the right side where no window could go (2) and a area where my normal programms can go (1). So that I can have on the right side my karamba widgets and my TV window (2).
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What do you mean? Could it be possible?

Regards,
Michael

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pajaro

15 years ago

That's also a good idea :)

What has to be thought is a way to make it easy to manage by users. The ways i can imagine now, from worst to best are:
- give a list of templates to choose and an import function that imports SVG files with the areas defined
- give the user a tool to set the areas in a representation of the desktop.
- create the areas directly on the desktop, so that you can align the areas with the windows and the icons you are viewing.

What has to be done:
find a developer!
or
ask the kde people to develop it, but this will go to the end of the queue of feature request.

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raphink

15 years ago

Kubuntu has found another solution to your problem, which is to not put icons on the desktop ;)

On Kubuntu, even the trash is in kicker, so the desktop is empty by default. That's another way of having a clean desktop...

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pajaro

15 years ago

i checked the screenshots.

i have 30 icons on my desktops

how do i do that with kicker? kubuntu the only thing that does is to put the trash in the kicker and remove the other icons.

of course, the idea is useless for u, but thank u anyway for the opinion :)

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pajaro

15 years ago

and where does new icons go in kubuntu?
how does kubuntu does that?
i'm really interested on it

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DaBlade

15 years ago

Great idea. I'd like a function like this.
Anyone care to start nagging KDE developers? :P

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Ricardo

15 years ago

It sounds good. Especially new icon area. If it will be developed to usefull version, it can be great, especialy for less-skilled and begining users.

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