KAlarm

Utilities by djarvie 72 comments

About the spin widgets, it doesn't matter how the hack is implemented, it remains a hack and not a so pretty one IMHO. 2 spin widgets instead of one and a half would look much cleaner.

Now, let's try to make clear what I meant about the tabs. A picture being worth a thousand words, here it is:

http://home.tele2.fr/mxls/archives/KAlarm.mockup.png

That should be much clearer this way.

(This is just a quick mockup, don't ask for the ui file.)

You can only see the text tab but you get the general idea. A lot of options are hidden but it doesn't matter. You only see the ones you need when you need them. - Jan 23 2006
KAlarm

Utilities by djarvie 72 comments

I love KAlarm. I couldn't live without it in the systray... but every time I see it, my eyes are bleeding.

I'm working on a style and it definitively doesn't like the spin widgets cut into pieces. The result is ugly. Couldn't you just use 2 spin widgets instead of a complete one and only the arrows of a second one? (Well, this is a detail that strikes me because I'm spending so much time with a magnifier over widgets.)

On the other hand, something that you should do IMHO is clean up the alarm dialog. I remember that the first time I tried to set an alarm, I just gave up because I couldn't figure out where to start in the jungle of widgets.

IMHO, it should follow a simple path: when, what and the rest. The most important thing about an alarm clock is the moment it will ring. That should be the first thing in the dialog. The way it will "ring" (text, sound, whatever) comes in second. And the rest shouldn't be that much in plain view since it's not the most important part.

I'm not an expert in usability but I was thinking that putting the time or delay on top of the dialog and all the rest in tabs below could be a track to follow. This way, you set the "when", you choose your "what" in the corresponding tab which contain all the related options. (I noticed a kind of redundancy in KAlarm's dialogs.) The "rest" is on dedicated tabs that you can ignore or use as needed and not always under your nose. That should make it easier for a user to find his way in the jungle of widgets. - Jan 23 2006
Black beauty too...

KDE Plasma Screenshots by Maxilys 2 comments

I will resist to the urge to answer.

I will resist to the urge to answer.

I will resist to the urge to answer.

Oops! I did it again! (Rings some bells...) ;-) - Dec 19 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

Yes, yes! I'd like to see this bug in action. Send a PNG that I don't loose a single pixel and the colorscheme if it's not one of those I provide. Maybe I'll understand what's going on.

And, is Powder the only windec that mis-behaves? Please, try all windecs available on your system and make a list of those which work and those which don't. That would be very helpful for me to compare their sources.

We're gonna crush that bug! ;-) - Nov 27 2005
Gripper window decoration

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by pootie 4 comments

Don't worry, Billyboy won't send his army of lawyers to sue you if you make a copy of the look of Growler, even if it's a commercial product. There's already a Vista clone windec but no lawyer at KDE-Look's door.

The worst you risk is to get shot down in flames if you publish one more copy of one more Windblows stuff. That's what I do when I care to. So, you'd better not get too close from Growler's look... "for your own safety". ;-) - Nov 25 2005
Gripper window decoration

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by pootie 4 comments

If you explained us why you can't release Growler, maybe we'll be able to answer to you. Is it under a restrictive license? Don't you have the sources? Is there a copyright applying specifically to the look?

Any way, IMHO nothing should prevent you from cloning the look if you redo it from scratch without ripping the graphics of the original. Look at the OSX clones floating around. I'm sure there are a bunch of copyrights related to OSX, but they exist. So... - Nov 25 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

I'm really amazed by your bug. I haven't the slightest idea what may cause it. There shouldn't be such an in between situation. A windec either works or not. As for preventing you from changing it, that's way too strong.

While I was developping it, I managed to crash Powder and all I got was no windec at all but everything else worked, including changing the windec to another one.

As far as I know, Powder should work even with KDE 3.2 because that's the moment I developed the engine for the windec Mallory.

I definitively have no idea. Maybe a cosmic particle hit your processor during compilation? ;-) If you haven't already done it, you should try re-building it, or else upgrading your KDE to 3.4+. - Nov 24 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

I just updated my KDE to 3.5 RC1 and Powder keeps on working without a glitch. The sources don't even need to be patched to make them under the new KDE. (I'm happy.) ;-) - Nov 17 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

I just discovered "distclean" no so long ago but I didn't know what it was for. ;-)

I used to only do "make clean" before to make an archive but I'll clean my mess for the next time. I promise. - Nov 06 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

Well, I can't reproduce this bug. On my SuSE 10.0 with KDE 3.4.3, I can remove the decoration from any window whether they are fullscreen or not, do anything I want with the ALT+F3 menu and my KDE keeps on working.

I don't know where it comes from but because of my bad experiences with KDE 3.5b2, I'd say it's the culprit.

I've "tortured" my windec engine more than you can imagine for years and I've never seen it bring any KDE in its fall. So, I don't know in which direction I could look for a bug.

Did you re-build it for KDE 3.5? (Just a stupid idea that came to my mind.) I spent more time downgrading KDE 3.5b2 back to 3.4.3 than using it and I don't remember how my windec worked, if it ever worked. - Nov 04 2005
Gears Wallpaper Pack

Wallpaper Other by ChristianNickel 20 comments

(There should be a crying smiley...)

Cinema 4D? Oh boy! Would you give me the 600 Euros to buy it? :'-(

;-) - Nov 04 2005
Gears Wallpaper Pack

Wallpaper Other by ChristianNickel 20 comments

I usually don't pay attention to the wallpapers but this one catch my eyes in the Akregator. The material of the gears is amazing.

Have you ever thought about releasing your sources for the 3D scene? I'd like the same wallpaper with different colors... but I don't want to bother you. You have much more important things to do, like keeping on the fabulous work. ;-) - Nov 03 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

LOL! I did it on purpose, thinking that somebody would complain that the window doesn't fill the screen when maximized. And look what I get: Somebody complains that the corners don't remain round. :-)

(I amused by very little things...)

Any way, that's possible and very easy but I need to re-work the config dialog. The preview is already so small. I can't add another option or it will be reduces to a single line.

Well, since I got too many problems with the mousewheel, I'll give up on it and add "your" option. Now I have some more serious reasons to release a new version. ;-) - Oct 30 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

Apparently, nobody should mind. All the windecs that I checked and that allow the double click closure "suffer" from the same problem.

I don't like that but I will provide the feature. I'll try to find a fix for a later version. My attempts have been unsuccessful so far.

If I have the time, I intend to include the mousewheel-driven window switcher too --if somebody sees what I mean. - Oct 29 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

I don't use double-click but that shouldn't be a problem to add this feature. I will cut and paste from Plastik sources. Happy GPL world! ;-)

(Long pause...)

I cut and pasted from Crystal sources --which happened to be already unzipped-- and I already added the double-click closure... but the menu appears in between the 2 clicks.

Not good!

I'll fix this "feature" for the beginning of next week. (My schedule agrees.) - Oct 27 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

You again? ;-) (I just replied to your message in the poll section.)

Once for all: The titlebar isn't that big. A very classic windec like Plastik has a 28-pixel high titlebar while Powder uses 30 pixels.

And I promise that I won't answer any more to anyone who says that the title bar is too big. ;-)

(Don't take what I say too seriously, I just need a punching-ball after a lot of frustrations with KDE 3.5. I had to choose in between you and Profus and his heretic idea of erasing my wonderful colorschemes.) ;-) - Oct 24 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

Yes, what you said makes sense. I've never thought anybody uses the shaded view, however there are some tricks which are activated on such occasions. I will just make them more "powerful" so that only the titlebar remains. There's no need for a special option since I think it will look better.

As for having a more compact titlebar, sorry but I'll stay firm on my position: No. As I already said before, every pixel is part of the look. One day, maybe I'll do a compact windec but that won't be Powder. - Oct 21 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

As requested, I made the old button icons available again. This is still Powder 0.4 but the archive bears the number 0.4.1. (See README.) - Oct 20 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

No, no! I won't put version 0.3 back. BUT I will upload a version 0.4 with the file you need to have the old buttons. - Oct 20 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

I'm far from an expert but when I compare my config.log with yours, I notice that a huge lot of things aren't found, not just libqt-mt.

Any way, some things you need to check:

What's in your /etc/ld.so.conf? Are the QT and KDE libs accessible from any of the included paths? On my system, there are links from /usr/lib to the QT libs and the KDE libs are included in ld.so.conf.

Where are located your QT dirs? If everything isn't in /usr/lib/qt3, I strongly advise you to tell configure where everything is with the options:

--with-qt-dir=DIR where the root of Qt is installed
--with-qt-includes=DIR where the Qt includes are.
--with-qt-libraries=DIR where the Qt library is installed.

Did you set the prefix?

$ ./configure --prefix=`kde-config --prefix`

If you didn't, that's why KDE doesn't look like to be found according to your config.log. (In mine, all kde_*dir and LIB_K* are set.)

VoilĂ , that's all I can think about right now. Check all this and keep me informed. And please, write directly to me, so you can send complete log files. - Oct 19 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

Yes, I understand the problem. If you make the windec transparent, the inner frame becomes transparent too.

There's nothing I can do yet as long as I can't define in my windec which part should be transparent and which one shouldn't. The inner frame should be part of the style... but I don't know if this is even possible.

To be true, I actually had a V*sta deco in mind but without real transparency, I can't achieve the desired effect. I could use the Crystal windec's trick but --as good as it is-- I felt it wasn't enough. Besides, the compmgr is so slow on my graphic card that it's totally deactivated. So... Transparency isn't part of my every day life.

As for extending the transparency of the windec to the menu and tool bars, from what I understand in the discussion at Sourceforce, we're not ready yet. That's overly tricky. It would be easy if there weren't such a wall in between the windec and the style but that's the way how KDE works. And I don't foresee any breach in that wall, even with KDE 4. We'd really need a rendering engine like *cough* V*sta *cough*. ;-)

And if I ever write a style, I don't think I would worry much about transparency yet. Having a style that matches Powder windec would already be such a huge achievement for me.

I keep all this in mind while I wait to see what KDE 4 and probably a new Xorg will offer us. I'm sure there are a lot of peole thinking that we can do as good as --even better than-- V*sta. - Oct 18 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

Hmmm... I guess there's something missing in your system. I remembered I had a hard time setting up a sane environment to build anything with QT. Now my system is stuffed with (almost) every tiny available lib and I can compile anything.

Any way, the configure error seems very clear to me. You don't have libqt-mt on your system or it's not accessible... or I don't understand.

What does the config.log say? What is _actually_ not found? - Oct 17 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

To be honnest, I'm used to the buttons but I'm not in love with them... except with the little "K". I still have a background process dedicated to finding a new look. ;-)

In a space of 18x18, there isn't much room for fantasy but I'm sure I can do better. I didn't really exploit the 256 available levels of grey.

If you have ideas --as long as it doesn't imply a frame around the buttons-- I'm all ears... or all eyes. - Oct 17 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

Yes, it's ready. The download link says so. 471 KB of snapshots that would be exaggerated! ;-) - Oct 17 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

I already explained why the buttons can't be any smaller. In the next version, I'll remove 2 pixels from the titlebar. That's the most I can do without hurting my sense of aesthetics.

As for buttons staying highlighted, I just say no. The buttons glow to give you a visual indication of where your mouse cursor is. That's all.

The maximizer and the sticky buttons have a different shape when activated. That's the way the KeepAbove and KeepBelow buttons should behave. I implemented it but I got some strange redraw problems so I removed everything. That's still in the pipeline for a next version.

I found you. You are THE person who uses these buttons. ;-) - Oct 17 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

The answer is no. I can't remove the borders in fullscreen. Powder's engine doesn't allow that... at least not easily.

I put this "problem" in the pipeline. - Oct 17 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

I discovered this also. The solution is very simple: Remove any reference to Powder::Flashy.kcsrc.tar.bz2 from Makefile.in. Redo the configure, the Makefile will be re-built and everything will work as expected.

For some reason this file found its way in but I didn't noticed. :-(

I also uploaded a new archive. - Oct 17 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

When I read the word "gradient" without knowing exactly what Grover looked like, I got some ideas.

First, I won't implement anything like Grover because I want to keep the flat look... but there are many ways I can tune the gradients I use to obtain various effects. For example, I can change the direction of the apparent lightning --only top left for now--, I can make the window look like concave or convex --instead of only flat--, etc, etc.

My mind is running wild and I need to code something right now. Keep on thinking out loud. ;-) - Oct 14 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

I looked very closely at the titlebar yesterday and I came to the conclusion that I can reduce it only by 4 pixels without having to redo all the design, especially removing the round corners. I think that would be some kind of overstatement to add a compactness switch in the config dialog for 4 pixels only.

As for reducing the buttons, that won't help. The room allocated for the title text has the same height (18px) and it can't be any smaller. It is set for a 9pt font and that's not very big on a 17" screen at a reasonable resolution of 1280x960. - Oct 14 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

Sorry, I could give you 2 pixels less in height but would it be worth mentioning? Besides, it may ruin the look --every pixel of margin isn't here just to waste space... and the buttons need place to glow, too.

Any way, I didn't notice the titlebar was so big. It's just 30 pixels high at mimimum size. This is 4 pixels more than my other windec Mallory but one pixel less my other one, Porcelain. So...

This just not a very compact windec. - Oct 13 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

Well, I looked at the sources of Smooth Blend and I don't think that will be possible. The buttons are images built once for all, according to the defined colors and melt with the background. There's no place I could insert a fade() or intensify() in the process... unless the buttons get re-built on the fly. That's not an option. Each button requires a (huge) lot of work.

I improve my engine with every windec I write but I'm not ready for a progressive glow... yet. Maybe my next windec will have blinking or even animated buttons but not Powder. ;-) - Oct 13 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

I'm thinking about it... Maybe... I don't know... ;-)

Well, a matching theme would be really nice IMHO. Give me some time (a lot!) and I'll see what I can do. There is that style template on my harddisk, I was wondering why. - Oct 13 2005
Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 74 comments

There is a reason why I used the word "project": It's because I'm working on this windec.

The design is settled. I'm working on the buttons. The engine will be an adapted version of one I already wrote. It's the week-end.

Monday? Is that soon enough? ;-) - Oct 08 2005
MyMon

Karamba & Superkaramba by faust 2 comments

We don't need to know everything about you.

For example, you could have removed the icon just above XMMS's one. Your private life should remain... well... private. - Sep 27 2005
gwenview

Graphic Apps by bk12 105 comments

Thanks. It's not on the CDs.

Grrmpf! There are many things they could remove as useless, why the so useful Kuickshow?

And why are they so slow? 1.2 KB/sec! Oh boy! Where are the other 238.8 KB/sec? ;-) - Sep 15 2005
Chaninja-Subzero icons builder

Icon Sub-Sets by mattepiu 30 comments

...but could change your title i.e. replace the underscores with plain spaces? You're screwing KDE-Look layout.

As for the iconset, you got my vote. ;-) - Sep 13 2005
You already made yourself some ennemies. The name, the concept, the look of LCARS is very repulsive for some people. ;-)

Any way, I'm not very fond of it either but just for the fun of it, here is the archive of the LCARS for Enlightenment:

http://download.freshmeat.net/themes/lcarscape/lcarscape-0.25.2.tar

There are all graphics needed to draw a windec. I hope you haven't already found it.
- Sep 13 2005
gwenview

Graphic Apps by bk12 105 comments

You should (try to) re-install Kuickshow from sources.

http://developer.kde.org/~pfeiffer/kuickshow/

It hasn't been provided with the last versions of KDE so I installed it by hand on my SuSE 9.2. It should work with SuSE 9.3 aswell.

As for Gwenview, I'd like there was a way to mimic Kuickshow's behavior and especially its simplicity: click, mouse wheel, ESC and nothing but the images with auto-resize.

When all you want is to see an image, using Gwenview is like chasing a mosquito with two machine-guns. Many collateral damages! ;-) I mean many useless functions.

Image preview is always on for me in Konqueror so all Gwenview's functions are redondant except one: full size view. And the fact that Gwenview insists on building thumbnails for all images of the folder becomes a nuisance. - Sep 12 2005
Mallory

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 39 comments

I spoke too fast. Apparently, it's that stupid Firefox that didn't update the thumbnails.

My sincere apologies to KDE-Look. - Aug 30 2005
Mallory

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 39 comments

For some unknown reason, KDE-Look doesn't update the thumbnails although the screenshots are new. The zoom link will work but you don't get what you see.

My wonderful artworks ruined by some inappropriate thumbnails? Shame on KDE-Look! ;-)

Just to be sure, I tested the download. At least, that works. - Aug 30 2005
konqueror-buttonset

Icon Sub-Sets by jiin05 10 comments

I prefer the blue variant but since everybody makes comments only here...

Don't listen to the wet-blankets, you made an amazing job, Sandro! (Especially in blue...)
We're so used to the round buttons of Konqueror but that's true there's an usability issue. Nothing looks like more a round button than another round button. What a PITA! :-(

I don't know if the glass effect will be so nice on the symbols without the round background but you should try and show us the result. Apparently, following the unspoken future guidelines of usability has become mandatory in KDE. ;-) - Aug 28 2005
konqueror-buttonset

Icon Sub-Sets by jiin05 10 comments

But you might consider enlarging the symbols on the buttons. What really matters is what's on the button, not the button itself --even if it's so beautiful like yours.

Keep on going, you're in the right direction. ;-) - Aug 25 2005
Burning Machine Reloaded

Various KDE 1.-4. Styles by brainkillah 6 comments

I didn't read the fine prints at the bottom of the contract, obviously.

I also thought I had the uttermost last version of K3B... and that you make your theme for a previous version of K3B. It's just the other way around.

Any way, I manage to make it work for my version of K3B so... No problemo! - Aug 23 2005
Burning Machine Reloaded

Various KDE 1.-4. Styles by brainkillah 6 comments

I don't know where it comes from but the names of the bitmaps are totally wrong. When I installed this K3D theme, I just got no theme anymore. I compared your theme with the ones that came with my K3B and I realised that the names of the bitmaps didn't match and that 2 images were missing.

The K3B I use is 0.11.15cvs (KDE 3.4.2 on SuSE 9.2)

Any way, I easily managed to re-build a working theme. If you want it or more info, just ask. - Aug 19 2005
Porcelain

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 29 comments

You're lucky I went over here. It's been a long time since I haven't got any news from my windec.

Which version of KDE do you have? Porcelain needs at least KDE 3.3 and all the qt-devel stuff that comes with it. According to your warnings and errors, I'd rather say that you have a problem with some qt stuff. On my config, I got no more than 2 or 3 warnings and none looked like yours.

I just re-built everything with KDE 3.4.1 and the corresponding qt-devel stuff. It works. So, I guess, your KDE is too old. - Aug 04 2005
KMenu styles+complete editability

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by zvonSully 10 comments

I don't think it's possible to keep KMenu untouched by upgrades because it would also mean that new installed apps can't anounce their arrival in a standard way: appearing in the KMenu.

I think it would be better to have a(n) user menu where you would be able to have the hierarchy you want, drag'n'drop, right click, whatever possibilites.

To create something totally new should be easier than trying to patch that monster of KMenu. Besides, it gives us the freedom to imagine more than styles: skins. Rectangles are so boring. ;-) - Jun 05 2005
Ti Equilibrium ~ Canvas

KDE 3 Color Schemes by Deciare 1 comment

Very nice and soft colors... and I definitively love this windec! ;-) - May 09 2005
Suggestion for Porcelain Windec

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by jiin04 1 comment

Well, that's possible to make the closer and the minimizer less thin. That's easy.

But the halo is a much more complicated thing. Besides, I think if we add a halo around the buttons graphics, there should also be a halo around the title frame.

I'm preparing a final version to correct all the bugs I noticed with my everyday use. (Title text must be higher. Title frame must be rounder. A minimal size must be respected.) I'll see what thicker closer and minimizer look like... but just a little thicker. - May 08 2005
Porcelain WinDec

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by spasemunkie 3 comments

Do not complain to Spasemunkie. He only got the idea and I implemented it.

All bug report must go to me.

Any way, this is not a bug. Use one of the provided colorschemes and here come the miracle! ;-)

To know how to change the color of the frame, go back to Porcelain page, everything is explained.

http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=22689&forummode=2&forumpage=1&forumexplevel=all

Follow the thread "Outline border". That should solve your problem. - Apr 15 2005
Porcelain

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Maxilys 29 comments

You're welcome. It was fun and a challenge to implement your windec.

If you have other ideas as nice as Porcelain, don't hesitate to post them here. I'm becoming an expert. ;-) - Apr 14 2005