katapult

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Description:

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/
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DavidEdmundson

14 years ago

A combination of two things me thinks. In the configuration there's an option marked "show programs without icons". If you don't have a firefox icon..There's your problem. Solution icon FF, check the box, or start using konqui!

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leolinux

14 years ago

Sorry, but which "configuration" do you mean? There is neither a help- nor an info-file on Katapult. And the program doesn't response on mouse events, so there is no way to get even a simple context menu. I haven't even got an idea on how to restart this app...

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Ekardnam

14 years ago

There is a system tray icon, but you can disable it.
To configure Katapult, hit (or whatever your shortcut key is) and press . Then you can choose "Configure Katapult".

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carik

14 years ago

I'm with liquidat: what on earth does this do? As near as I can tell, it's meant to be an application launcher, but I can't figure out how to use it to launch an application, or where I ought to find plugins for it. How about some documentation explaining, for instance, why I should want this on my computer? What it does? Maybe even how to use it? Normally I have no trouble at all figuring out what something is supposed to do, even if I don't want to use it. Here.... I'm just stuck.

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z4nshin

14 years ago

Why doesn't katapult find other applications besides gnome and kde ones? At least it doesn't find xterm, firefox, etc on my system.
Is it me or can it be configured/coded? I did look at the sourcecode but the kde api is very unfamiliar to me.

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j0rd1

14 years ago

this is one of the most usefull apps i've ever seen!

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liquidat

14 years ago

I think it's me, but:
I have no idea what katapult is. The description tells me nothing about what it exactly does - or, to be more exactly, how it differs from existing solutions.

Does it load the mentioned programs in the memory that they are started faster? So where is the real difference compared to autostart?

Or does it launch apps through entering names or addresses in the often mentioned Alt+Space field? If yes, where is it better than Alt+F2 (which is able to use the konqueror shortcuts and therefore much more powerfull than everything else I've ever seen)?

It would help me a lot to get a more proper description about *how* it allows fast access :)

liqui*who thought that he would know enough about Free Software, KDE and Linux stuff to understand normal program descriptions*dat

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hds

14 years ago

> where is it better than Alt+F2

i didnt get this either sofar.
i hit ALT+F2, type a few letters and am presented with applications i recently called, hmm..

and i dont even need a clean desktop to do so, i am able to press ALT+F2 whereever/inever app i am.

we are probably missing something, but what?
someone dares to clarify this?

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UbuntuMez

14 years ago

It's just a different way of launching applications - some find it easier - some dont.

If you've ever used quicksilver - then you know what it's all about.

anyways - documentation is well underway - if you wish to help out - feel free to contact me - mez (at) thekatapult (dot) org (dot) uk

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magli

14 years ago

It is not you
I landed on this page after accidentally hitting "Alt+space". This loaded a big "K" in the middle of my screen, which said "katapult". Then it disapeared. Since I had no idea what this was, I referred to google, and the description on this page was NO help at all.
I was also disappointed to see that people had left comments praising the app without explaining it, after you had raised the question.
Anyway, I think I have worked it out: katapult is an alternative to the "Alt+F2" run dialog. It does not seem to laod anything "faster".. I think what they meant was that you could find applications faster.
Basically, after hitting "atl+space", you can begin typing commands, and it will bring up an icon of the first command matching what you have typed thus far.
It still does not beat using the command line.. but I guess it is a bit prettier.
Magli

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hds

14 years ago

> Basically, after hitting "atl+space",
> you can begin typing commands, and it
> will bring up an icon of the first
> command matching what you have typed
> thus far.
i still dont get this. you also get the icon using ALT+F2. well, i dont care about the icon, though..

so what is the benefit?

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liquidat

14 years ago

Thanks for the answer - nevertheless the description should be updated...

liquidat

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Animatrix30

14 years ago

I don't know if SuSE RPM exist, but :

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

Direct link >> http://www.animweb-fr.com/SuSE/rpm/katapult-0-3.1.i386.rpm

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triptol

14 years ago

I've created a (very simple) Gentoo ebuild. You can get it here: http://www.jordswart.org/archives/49

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triptol

14 years ago

I've created a (very simple) Gentoo ebuild. You can get it here: http://www.jordswart.org/archives/49

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Ekardnam

14 years ago

If I have disabled the system tray icon, how do I configure Katapult?

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OculusAquilae

14 years ago

Press ALT+Space and then CTRL+C.

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Divilinux

14 years ago

sorry..
i've installed katapult on zenwalk
after few days..my normally alt+space and 'H' opened my home directory..disappeared!
it could depend on new directory making??
i really don't understand wich is the start sequence of katapult..

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tigre

14 years ago

Katapult is installed but it won't find anything, it just says no items matched all the time, have I missed anything? please help!!

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UbuntuMez

14 years ago

This is fixed as of release 0.3.1.2

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bhautikj

14 years ago

I'm getting the same problems under Mandriva 2006. Identical problems on x86, x86_64, compiled with gcc 4.0.1 :(

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UbuntuMez

14 years ago

hmmles...

confusing - I'll have a look at what could cause this

can you procide more info regarding your setup(s)

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bhautikj

14 years ago

Whoops, forgot build details:

use:
./configure --prefix=`kde-config --prefix`
make
make install

The usual ;)

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UbuntuMez

14 years ago

Fixed as of 0.3.1.2

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bhautikj

14 years ago

OK.. well, pretty basic setup.

Problem: when I hit alt-space, whenever I type:
a) nothing text appears - it just remains saying 'katapult'
b) when I hit enter, it comes up with 'no items matched'

I'm building katapult using gcc-4.0.1. I'm using KDE 3.4.2 (standard Mandriva RPM's), and I get the same problem with older versions of katapult too (I've tested up to 0.2). I've also tried adding and removing all the catalongs one by one too, still no luck :(

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