fade all but top window: possible?

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Fade all windows except the frontmost window and the kicker.

Who has ideas how this look can be achieved or who can actually code it?

This is not an actual style (yet) but an idea how to make KDE easier for people who have difficulties finding the active window (especially when lots of pop-ups and dialogues are open). Who can help to do this?

samsara

17 years ago

http://www.kdelook.org/content/show.php?content=4578

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dotpl

17 years ago

I think a better solution is to have a drop shadow for the topmost window ala OS X style.

I use Aqua, and sometimes the windows get lost within each other, having the focused window drop a small shadow behind it would be great.

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samsara

17 years ago

I like your idea. It would be good if there was a button in the panel to switch the feature on/off quickly. Have you suggested this to gnome/kde developers?

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Yaba

17 years ago

is not to make the other windows fade, but also to continue updating the content of other windows. The whole effect is worth nothing, if it stops updating the rest of the desktop.

The "logout"-fading e.g. stops updating the desktop. Simple start a build in a Terminal and select logout. You will see that the output in the terminal is stopped as long as the logout window is active and the background is faded.

That is the same problem as with the transparent menus.

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jonemi

17 years ago

Already implemented in Logout screen as the previous poster pointed out. I think that's the only place it's really applicable, I don't think that the k app launching utility needs it.

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probono

17 years ago

I would like to have that effect for ALL windows, not just at the logout or launcher dialog.

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Rodion

17 years ago

I think what the previous posters have been saying is that a.) since the logout applet is capable of doing what you ask and b.) the source code is open and free for you to learn how it is done, c.) hack away to your heart's content, because the example code is all right there.

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sheldonwhite

17 years ago

Yes, it's possible. Look at what happens when you select the KDE 'Logout' menu option and KDE displays the End Session dialog box.

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saua

17 years ago

aterm (an xterm/konsole replacement) has a very simple version of this, that I enjoy very much. You can specify the text-color that is used when the aterm hes the focus and when it hasn't. When I've got 3-4 aterms running I see at once which one currently has the focus.

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Richardve

17 years ago

I think you can better wait a year so you can use dropshadows instead ;)
(makes it easier to see the active window when using different heights for the shadows)

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tagwar

17 years ago

..idea?

I mean, I often want to be able to read text from a window in the background to transfer it somewhere else. You know, sometimes "copy'n paste" just doesnt work. So this would be bad, cause "readability" would suffer.

just a thought... guess I would still like it...

greets
Tom

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probono

17 years ago

can X natively do this?

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fault

17 years ago

I think it *might* be possible, but *very* hackishly done. In the kwin client, you would have to grab the image of non-isFocus()'d windowWrapper() objects, apply a fade to them, and then display them instead of the windowWrappers().. (or perhaps see if it accepts paintEvents() or x11-exposure events)

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