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DockbarX

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Downloads:  60285
Submitted:  Mar 25 2009
Updated:  Oct 25 2012

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The news section is removed. To get news about DockbarX releases and development you should see the DockbarX page on google+.
https://plus.google.com/110582468951930692841


INSTALL for Ubuntu
DockbarX is available in DockBar's ppa at launchpad.
https://launchpad.net/~dockbar-main/+archive/ppa

All you need to do if you use Ubuntu 9.10 or newer is to write these two commands in terminal:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dockbar-main/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install dockbarx

You can also install the dockbarx-themes-extra package which contains quite a few beautiful themes:
$ sudo apt-get install dockbarx-themes-extra

If you want to use DockbarX as an AWN 0.4 applet install awn-applet-dockbarx:
$ sudo apt-get install awn-applet-dockbarx

To be able to access DockbarX's recent and most used menus for openoffice, you need update zeitgeist to a newer version. If you use an older version of ubuntu than 10.10, you need to update zeitgeist to get recent and most used menus for any program.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zeitgeist/ppa && sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-0 zeitgeist

DockManager helpers
- To use DockManager helpers, you need to install dockmanager and dockmanager-daemon (available from dockbar ppa and awn-testing ppa) as well as libdesktop-agnostic-cfg-gconf and libdesktop-agnostic-vfs-gio. Then you need to activate DockManager and the helpers you like to use from DockbarX prefeference.
$ sudo apt-get install dockmanager dockmanager-daemon libdesktop-agnostic-cfg-gconf libdesktop-agnostic-vfs-gio


INSTALL manually
Downlad dockbarx. Read up to date install instructions in the README file that comes with it.


DOWNLOAD from bzr branch (for testers)
To be able to deliver stable releases, DockbarX needs more people who are willing to test new code before it is released! If you can live with the possible instabilities caused by running bleeding-edge DockbarX, please get dockbarx via bzr. Don't forget to report any bug you discover.

Get the branch with:
bzr branch lp:dockbar/dockbarx

To get updates, just use:
bzr pull

See README for install instructions.


Credits
Dockbar is created by Aleksey Shaferov and the DockbarX branch is developed by Matias Särs.

Dockbar is made by Aleksey Shaferov.
DockbarX branch is developed by Matias Särs.

Dockbar and DockbarX are licensed under GPL3.



LAUNCHPAD
Dockbar has a launchpad page. If you want to report bugs, translate DockbarX into your language or request features, you should do it there, if possible. It's still OK to report bugs and request features here as well, if you don't want to register a launchpad account. The launchpad page is for both vanilla Dockbar and DockbarX, so make sure to tag any requests or bug reports directed to DockbarX with "dockbarx".

https://launchpad.net/dockbar


FAQ
Q: Why do you want to make Linux into a Microsoft Windows 7 clone?
A: I don't. The goal of DockbarX isn't to be a clone of the Windows 7 task bar. Windows 7 task bar has a good principle, though. When it comes to your most used programs it's more productive to do all window handling - launching, selecting, closing, etc. from the same few pixels. If I need a Firefox window I move my mouse cursor to the same spot on the screen regardless of which Firefox window I want and or if I even have opened a Firefox window yet. This behavior is good and it would be stupid not to implement it just because "Windows had it first". Don't reduce your productivity out of stubbornness. When it comes to looks, it's up to you to choose a theme that looks like windows 7 or a theme that doesn't look that way.

Here are some historical references about docks:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dock_(computing)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icon_bar

And another interesting link that has had quite a bit of influence on my work with DockbarX:
http://arstechnica.com/software/news/2009/01/dock-and-windows-7-taskbar.ars

Q: I want a button for every window instead of all windows of the same application grouped together under one button. When will DockbarX support that?
A: Never. That would demand quite a bit of restructuring of the code and I believe it's less productive to keep the windows ungrouped. You are welcome to change the code yourself if you don't like my decision, or try the applet Talika it might suit your needs better than DockbarX does.

Q: I added a new launcher for program X but when I click on the launcher a new groupbutton is made for the window instead of using the groupbutton of the launcher. What went wrong?
A: Dockbarx connects group buttons and windows by using the resource class name of the application. When a launcher is added dockbarx tries to guess the resource class name of that launcher. This works in most cases but not always. Apparently it didn't work for your program X. To fix this, right-click on the launcher for program X and choose "Edit Resource name" and enter the correct resource name. If the program is already running you should be able to find its resource class name in the drop-down list.

Q: There is no menu option to pin program X, but there is one for program Y and Z. WTF?
A: Dockbarx wasn't able to identify program X correctly then. You can "pin" the program by dragging its icon from the gnome menu instead. Oh, and you will probably have to enter the resource name manually as well (see previous question).

Q: How do I get to preference dialog?
A: Right-click the handle (the dots or lines to the left of dockbarx) to get a menu where you can choose the preference option. Viola! Sometimes though, you have to double-right-click the handle to get the menu. Don't ask me why - just do it.

Q: None of DockbarX's compiz stuff like "compiz scale" work. Why?
A: Make sure you enable the GLib extension in Compiz settings manager and that the compiz plugin dockbarx uses is activated as well. (e.g. for group button action "compiz scale" to work you need the scale plugin activated)

Q: What is Opacify and how do I get it to work?
A: Opacify is a way to find localize a window with DockbarX. When opacify is on and you roll over a name in the window list with the mouse, all other windows will become transparent so that you easy can spot the window. To activate opacify you need to go to the appearance tab of the preference dialog and check in opacify checkbox. Opacify requires compiz fusion and you need to activate the plugin Opacity, Brightness and Saturation in CompizConfig!

Q: How do I install a theme?
A: If you find a theme on the web that you like, copy the file (should be SOMETHING.tar.gz) to ~/.dockbarx/themes or /usr/share/dockbarx/themes. You change themes in the appearance tab of preference dialog. You might need to press the reload button before your newly installed theme shows up.

Q: How can I make a theme of my own?
A: Read Theming HOWTO. If you need help ask me (Matias Särs alias M7S) on gnome-look or at launchpad. I'm happy to help theme developers as much as I can.


MORE THEMES
There's an Extra themes package containing some really nice themes that you can download (see below) or install from the ppa (see above)

If you are the author of any of the themes and want to have it removed or changed in any way, or if you want your real name instead of a nick name, please contact me. Same goes for anyone who wants their theme added to the package.




Changelog:

0.90.3
Bug fixes:
- Volume-control was not installed with the rest of the applets.
- A small bug stopped volume-controll from starting on a fresh setup.

0.90.2
Bug fixes:
- Appindicators: indicator-application-service wasn't started with the applet in ubuntu 12.10 since the path to the file differs from previous ubuntu releases.
- Appindicators: older versions of indicator-application-service are now supported. Appindicator applet works in ubuntu 11.10 (and perhaps eariler versions as well).

0.90.1
Features:
- Appindicator menus pop up next to the dock instead of at mouse pointer. Appindicator icon size is increased to 18.
- Added a launcher for DockX.

Bug fixes:
- Bug #970737: DockX background disappeared on mouse over with cairo 1.12.
- Bug #1066875: Visual glitches in right click menu for ubuntu 12.10 (compiz bug).
- Namebar themes were installed in the wrong folder which made the applet crash.

Translations are updated as well.

0.90 - Jump in version number to signal that a 1.0 version is closing in.
Features:
- The stand alone dock supports applets now. See list of applets below.
- The selection of themes that comes with DockbarX is renewed. All themes should work both horizontal and vertical.
- The appearence tab in dockbarx preferences has gotten a little face lift and all themes now comes with a info text that is shown when pushing the info button in appearence tab.
- The width of window titles in window list can be specified now if no previews are used.

Theme making:
- Rotate command to rotate pixmaps and icons. The composite command can also rotate the foreground pixmap by using the option angle.
- The if command has gotten a new option orient so that themes can look differently depending on the docks position (left, right, up or down).
- To simplify things different values for different orientations can also be set by usining sets. More info on this will be added later. For now read theme config to see examples (DMD glass is a good choise).
- Offsets and sizes can be set with in percent of the button size instead of only in absolut pixels. Combinations can also be used like "-3px-15%".
- Aspect ratios can be set separately when themes are used vertically by setting the option aspect_ratio_v in button_pixmap command.

Applets:
- DockbarX (duh)
- Cardapio: An alternative gnome menu, launcher and much more. Cardapio has to be installed for it to work.
- Clock: Show time and if you want the date. The looks is changeable by changing fonts or using custom gnome clock applet strings (google it). On clicks orage will be launched if installed. If you want to launch something else change the gconf key /apps/dockbarx/applets/clock/command.
- Appindicator: Shows appindicators. Indicator-application needs to be installed for it to work.
- Volume control: Controls volume. Ported from AWN.
- Namebar/window titile/windowbuttons: Shows window title and/or close/maximize/minimize buttons on the panel to save screen space.

And some bug fixes as well.

0.48
Features:
- More intuitive placement of drag-dropped launchers, they don't always end up on the right side of the button you drop them on anymore.

Bug fixes:
- Workaround for the Compiz preview bug. Previews should work more or less as they are supposed to even if you use Compiz 0.9 now (even for minimized windows if you activate "keep previews of minimized windows" in workarounds plugin).
- Previews are resized correctly on window geometry changes.
- The dock doesn't loose the ability to resize itself anymore every time the compositing window manager is restarted.
- Bug #837711: DockX repositioned itself when unhiding.
- Bug #854551: DockbarX failed to recognize windows moved to another workspace.
- Bug #854561: DockbarX fails to show the selected window when using drag and drop.




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 Re: sad

 
 by f1r3fl3x on: Oct 6 2010
 
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You have a desktop, more Windows shit. You have a mouse cursor, more windows shit. You have folders, more windows shit. You use a browser, more windows shit.
The deskbar is ellegant and extremely useful. If you don't like it, just dont use it ;) And btw, check the first point of the FAQ on this page and then comment ...


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 Re: sad

 
 by raj7095 on: Oct 9 2010
 
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stfu aeyhole. half of the ideas, windows steals from kde, which is linux. but, have you ever said more kde shit on windows? NO?! so, go shut your mouth and never say such a thing m'kay a-hole. thats better.


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 Re: Re: sad

 
 by M7S on: Oct 9 2010
 
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Keep it civilized, please. Carbono hasn't even bothered to read the first question in FAQ before he wrote his misinformed opinion so it's not worth the energy to shout at him.

I've never understood what windows copied from KDE, so I think that argument is a bit weak, by the way. I think it's better to just state that every operating system is borrowing from other systems. Software development is about evolution far more than it's about revolution. And that's how it should be. Rebuilding the wheel isn't a goal in itself.

@everyone following this discussion
As the developer of dockbarx, I don't try to hide the fact that much inspiration comes from Windows superbar. There is quite a few good ideas behind it worth porting to Linux. On the other hand, the goal of DockbarX isn't to clone the superbar, but ultimately to make something even better. (Quite a few thing is already better on dockbarx, IMHO. Some exampels: you can scroll the mouse wheel to select windows, left click brings up all windows of a program and the zeitgeist integration will be worth more than jump lists when more programs gets support for zeitgeist.)


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 Re: Re: Re: sad

 
 by raj7095 on: Oct 9 2010
 
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yeah, sorry about that. it just pissed me off a little. have bad online anger management problems.


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 Re: sad

 
 by raj7095 on: Oct 9 2010
 
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btw, can u change the superbar theme in windows 7? NO! so there, linux shit. dockbarx is just an option. some people like windows 7 functionality, others the plain simplistic fluxbox DE. but those are just options to make people comfortable with linux.


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 looks interesting

 
 by mgutz on: Oct 3 2010
 
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Unlike some die hard linux users, I think there is a lot to learn from other UI. Having a slim panel like this makes a lot more sense than say Gnome-Shell which takes up a lot of screen space.

I use AWN currently in place of Gnome panels and if this improves tasking/grouping/preview I'm all over it.


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 preferences problem!

 
 by Pocio on: Oct 4 2010
 
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Hi! I have a problem...I cannot access the preferences dialogue.
If I try in a terminal I get this error:

:~$ dbx_preference.py
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/bin/dbx_preference.py", line 1290, in <module>
PrefDialog()
File "/usr/bin/dbx_preference.py", line 725, in __init__
self.update()
File "/usr/bin/dbx_preference.py", line 822, in update
self.globals.settings['second_popup_delay'])
KeyError: 'second_popup_delay'


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 Sorry!

 
 by Pocio on: Oct 4 2010
 
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I tried uninstall and reinstall dockbarX and now everythong works!!!

Sorry me!!!


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 Re: preferences problem!

 
 by alxbalmus on: Oct 12 2010
 
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I have the same problem. Does anybody know how to solve this.


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 Re: preferences problem!

 
 by alxbalmus on: Oct 13 2010
 
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Reinstall with complete removal didn't solve my problem.


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 Re: Re: preferences problem!

 
 by M7S on: Oct 13 2010
 
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If you check the about dialog, what version does it say that you run?


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 Re: Re: Re: preferences problem!

 
 by alxbalmus on: Oct 13 2010
 
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The about dialog says 0.39.6-1. Very strange. Synaptic tells me I have 0.39.8-0

The problem started one I upgraded to Ubuntu 10.10. I installed dockbarx from ppa:dockbar-main/ppa.

Also, after reinstall gconf-editor says that all the keys under /apps/dockbarx have no owner and "This key has no schema".

Thanks for answering.


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 Re: preferences problem!

 
 by alxbalmus on: Oct 13 2010
 
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FINALLY SOLVED!!
Removing or completely removing from synaptic always led to the same problem, version 0.39.6-1 showing in the About dialog and Properties window not working and giving the error above.
Here's what I did:
1 - uninstall from synaptic
2 - manually install from 101604-dockbarx_0.39.8.tar.gz
3 - now it works but it doesn't show as installed in synaptic
4 - go to synaptic and install
5 - TA-DA!! Now everythyng is fine (0.39.8 showing in about dialog)


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 Re: Re: preferences problem!

 
 by M7S on: Oct 13 2010
 
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Except, next time you update via the ppa, the version will still be x.0.38.

The problem is that the files are installed in multiple places and the manually installed version is prioritized over the one installed from ppa. Do the manual install again with force and verbose flags, see where the files goes and delete them (I guess it should be /usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/). that should remove the manually installed stuff. Then delete any Dockbarx files in /usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages, that should be where the ppa used to install the files. The new files from ppa should be in /usr/pyshared, I think.

I know this is a mess. The install functions will probably be rewritten after version 0.40.


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 Re: Re: Re: preferences problem!

 
 by alxbalmus on: Oct 15 2010
 
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I did everything you said and now everything is ok. I get the latest version from the ppa and it works. Thanks.

All the files from the ppa go in some folders under /usr/share.


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 Ubuntu 10.10

 
 by Anarchj on: Oct 8 2010
 
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Could you please add a ppa for Maverick too?


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 Re: Ubuntu 10.10

 
 by M7S on: Oct 10 2010
 
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There is one now.


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 Problems with Ubuntu 10.10

 
 by AureusPhoenix on: Oct 12 2010
 
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Hi, first the problem which I solved (I am not even sure, if dockbarx has been the reason for the problem):

After installing Dockbarx with ppa, my software-center didn't work any more cause some rights had been changed.

Solved by: sudo chmod 644 /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99synaptic


Now the problem which I was not able to solve: When I am using Rhythmbox and press close, the program does not vanish completly. It only minimizes. (Without playing music, it works right)

Would be nice, if somebody can solve that problem.

best regards


PS: I am using Dockbarx with AWN


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 Re: Problems with Ubuntu 10.10

 
 by M7S on: Oct 13 2010
 
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The same problem doesn't exist with gnome-panel's standard window list or with AWN's own taskmanager?


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 Re: Re: Problems with Ubuntu 10.10

 
 by AureusPhoenix on: Oct 13 2010
 
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indeed ... everything works fine with AWN or the standard panel


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 No Icon Mode Yet?

 
 by mahajanudit on: Oct 16 2010
 
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I must say this is a beautiful little application, some might say replicates Windows 7 behaviour, I say improves user experience.
Anyways I am using it with Awn, and one thing i miss is the icon mode. Dockbarx acts as a different window altogether (this is how awn apples are supposed to word), but i would really like to see different launchers behaving as if they were icons on the Awn, with animation, hover effects and everything.
Dockbarx has become quite stable now, so i think now the roadmap should be integrating it with other docks and the eyecandies.
But none the less, thanks for this great app.


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 Re: No Icon Mode Yet?

 
 by pascollin on: Dec 9 2010
 
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+1

Dockbarx is a great addon to AWN, but it should looks like an AWN applet and not like an alien addon. Icon mode is needed!


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