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DockbarX

   0.90.3  

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Downloads:  60260
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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 Grouping

 
 by manfreed on: Jun 15 2011
 
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Hi! I love dockbar, but I miss the option to disable grouping. I think there are people who likes to know exactly what windows are on their taskbar, so if it is not a big thing, would you mind implementing it?

(I'm not sure if I remember correctly, but I think there was an option for this in some older versions. Was there a reason to remove it?)

Thanks, and keep up the good work :)


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 Re: Grouping

 
 by M7S on: Jun 16 2011
 
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No, DockbarX has never had ungrouping and - sorry - it never will. DockbarX shows applications on the taskbar, nothing else. Multiple identical icons on the taskbar shouldn't improve your productivity it only divides your focus between the work you do and remembering which icon that was which window. This is a contrast to the idea behind DockbarX, that your pinned applications never move so that you can launch, switch windows and do other things with the pinned application just by using muscle memory, not actively diverting the focus from the work you do.

Bare with me, my profession is teaching and because of that I rather try to learn the users what *I* think is the right way than to give them what they believe they want. ;)

Sometimes you need fast switching between windows of the same application, for that I've developed the locked list. And I've also spent some time on improving the scroll-wheel window switching to make it as easy and fast as possible to use.


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 xfce

 
 by appye on: Jun 28 2011
 
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Hi there. Is there any chance of getting a native panel plugin for XFCE? Bonobo no longer works in archlinux so I can no longer use xfapplet. Right now, I am using the avant window navigator applet, but dockbarx is the only reason I have avant window navigator installed!

Thanks for this dock!


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 Re: xfce

 
 by M7S on: Jun 29 2011
 
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I've actually looked into that the last few days, but there's not alot of documentation on writing panel plugins for xfce in python. So the answers is maybe.


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 Feature request

 
 by inp3dance on: Jun 30 2011
 
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Hi,
First of all, I'd like to thank you for your work with dockbarx, it is great, low on resources, does not require compositing, but still visually appealling. Everything that is required for a lightweight, fast desktop. There are two features for what I'd like to draw your attention

1. I think there are quite a few users, who run dockbarX in Xfce, via xfapplet. And in the future, I think will be even more Xfce users, because of the changs in Gnome3. I think it will be great to have native Xfce support, it will raise the number of dockbar users. I am planning to start some modifications on xfce panels/applets, I can help you porting.

2. I personally like to distribute my work on desktops. It will be great to support dragging windows to another workspaces from dockbarX, it is faster and more intuitive, than playing with menus.


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 Re: Feature request

 
 by M7S on: Jun 30 2011
 
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1. As you can guess from my reply to the comment above yours I would love some help with porting dockbarx to a navite xfce panel plugin. Contact me via launchpad.

2. I'm not sure how you mean. Dragging from where to where?


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 Re: Re: Feature request

 
 by inp3dance on: Jul 5 2011
 
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Sorry for the late reply, I'm kind of busy this week. I will contact you via launchpad when I finish all this stuff around me.
About the moving: both in Gnome2 and Xfce you can grab a window from the taskbar and drag it into a workspace in the workspace/desktop switcher applet, and the window is moved to that workspace/desktop (whatever is called). This is a quick way to arrange the windows between workspaces.


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 How to completely remove DockBarX?

 
 by prMoriarty on: Jul 6 2011
 
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I installed from source, but now I want to install from the ppa, for automatic updates. I must first remove it? And how is it done?
Sorry for my English


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 Re: How to completely remove DockBarX?

 
 by M7S on: Jul 6 2011
 
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There's no atomatic uninstaller, sadly uninstallers aren't supported by distutils. If you run ./setup.py -vn you'll see where the packages are installed so that you can remove them.

The python files are installed in a folder that ends with
dist-packages/dockbarx/

and a egg-info file like this one is made: Dockbarx-0.45.egg-info

That folder and file is what you need to remove before switching to the ppa.


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 Re: Re: How to completely remove DockBarX?

 
 by prMoriarty on: Jul 6 2011
 
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dockbarx_0.45$ ./setup.py -vn
usage: setup.py [global_opts] cmd1 [cmd1_opts] [cmd2 [cmd2_opts] ...]
or: setup.py --help [cmd1 cmd2 ...]
or: setup.py --help-commands
or: setup.py cmd --help

error: no commands supplied


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 Re: Re: Re: How to completely remove DockBarX?

 
 by M7S on: Jul 6 2011
 
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sorry, I meant

sudo ./setup.py -vn install


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: How to completely remove DockBarX?

 
 by prMoriarty on: Jul 7 2011
 
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Thank you, now everything is fine. Probably should add this in the FAQ.


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 Tabbed docks Feature Request

 
 by ooboon2 on: Jul 15 2011
 
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I think adding tabbed sub-docks would solve a lot of issues re: grouping of icons by subject/app type/file folders and enabling an increased number of icons to to located in the Dockbar while keeping them under control.

An example on OSX is DragThing Dock-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DragThing.png

Bruce Tognazzini's blog has lots of GUI design tips and guidelines from his years at Apple designing the original MAc UI specs in the early 80's.

http://www.asktog.com/columns/060MonsterMac.html


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 hotkey to show dockx

 
 by bigrza on: Jul 28 2011
 
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Hey m,
it would be nice if you could add a hotkey to dockx if its hidden. Also can you make it that dockx is still clickable when compiz scale is active (like the unity dock)?


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