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Window Applets

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Minimum required   GTK 3.x
Downloads:  14474
Submitted:  Apr 30 2009
Updated:  Feb 17 2012

Description:

GNOME Panel applets substitute the maximized window title and buttons. I've decided to make it because GNOME violates Fitts's Law by putting a panel between the maxed window buttons and the corner of the screen. These applets were designed to solve the problem. Window Title and Window Buttons are essentially controls for windows that are placed on the Panel instead of a window. They also provide a clever way to increase vertical screen space. By default they only control maximized windows, but can be configured to control any focused window.

If you find a bug, please report it in the comments section. Also if you voted "minus", please explain why so I may improve the applets.

Builds/Repositories:
Ubuntu: https://launchpad.net/~tsbarnes/+archive/misc/ Thank you Scott!
Ubuntu: https://launchpad.net/~nilarimogard/+archive/webupd8 Thank you Andrew!
Mandriva: ftp://ftp.linux.org.tr/pub/mandriva-tr/2010.1/ Thank you Atilla!

Dependencies:
Ubuntu (for 0.2.10): build-essential, intltool, libwnck-dev, libpanel-applet2-dev, *autoconf-archive
Ubuntu (for 0.3): build-essential, intltool, libwnck-3-dev, libpanel-applet-4-dev

Installation from source:
1) Download
2) Unpack
3) ./configure --prefix=/usr --with-gconf-schema-file-dir=/usr/share/gconf/schemas
4) make
5) sudo make install
6) cd buttons && sudo gconf-schemas --register windowbuttons.schemas && cd ../title && sudo gconf-schemas --register windowtitle.schemas && cd ..
* Alternatively you can try using gconftool-2 --install-schema-file instead of gconf-schemas --register
7) Add desired applets to panel.

FAQ:
Q: How do I hide the window decorations on maximized windows so that it looks like in the screenshots?
A: The simplest way is with the help of Compiz. Right click on the Window Buttons applet --> Preferences --> Behavior --> "Hide Compiz decorations for maximized windows". If you do not want to use Compiz then you can achieve the same effect using an external program called maximus created by Canonical Ltd.
Q: After installation, I cannot find the applets in the "Add to Panel" dialog.
A: Try restarting the panel by pressing Alt+F2 and typing: killall gnome-panel.

TODO:
- Make a variant for Gnome Shell
- Make a variant for Unity
- WBA: A more user-friendly way to configure button order
- WBA: Option to save/export the theme
- New screenshots (feel free to contribute)
- Investigate merging of XfApplet functionality

Latest update:
The project is back!
New source (version 0.3)! - Please report any bugs!
The new version has been ported to Gnome 3 classic. It is not yet possible to run it in Gnome Shell or Unity, but this will change!
If you want to use it in Gnome 2, download version 0.2.10.
New Ubuntu builds (version 0.3). Credits to Webupd8!
Ported version 0.2.10 to MATE. Source available.




Changelog:

0.3
- Ported applets to Gnome 3
- Migrated Bonobo to DBus
- Moved logo pixmaps to proper folder
- Makefile cleanups
- Added tooltips (off by default)
- WTA: Improved automatic color detection
- WBA: Moved themes into proper folder




LicenseGPL
Source(Window Applets 0.3)
Source(Window Applets 0.2.10 for MATE)
Ubuntu(Window Applets 0.3 [x86])
Ubuntu(Window Applets 0.3 [x86_64])
Ubuntu(Window Applets 0.2.10 [x86])
Ubuntu(Window Applets 0.2.10 [x86_64])
Debian(Window Applets 0.2.10 [x86])
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 I love you.

 
 by mcalypso on: Jul 5 2010
 
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Just saying.


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 A little suggestion

 
 by Pocio on: Jul 15 2010
 
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First of all, thanks again for these applets, I love them.
Second of all, I have a little suggestion: in window button preferences, we can disable Compiz decoration and this is fundamental to use the entire screen...but if someone do not want to use compiz?
I mean, window applets are intended to go with netbook and many people think that compiz is too much for a netbook...It uses a lot of resources and wake uo often the cpu, consuming battery and on and on...
Did you understand what I mean?

Can you do something about that? Maybe add the option to hide metacity decorations?

Thanks and sorry for my bad English!!


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 Re: A little suggestion

 
 by holodeck on: Jul 15 2010
 
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Yes I understand. There is a good reason why this is only possible with Compiz.
The problem is that Metacity does not have an option to hide the decoration like Compiz does. It can still be done on a lower level, but it is extremely problematic because then one of the applets (which one? buttons or title?) will have to take control over Metacity. And then if you remove the applet while the title is hidden, it will not come back.
The only proper way to do this would be to add a gconf option to Metacity (just like Compiz has one). Which means we need to talk to Metacity developers.

Someone actually made a patch for window applets (you can find it on page 6 of the comments), but it is very hack-ish, and will cause problems.


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 Re: Re: A little suggestion

 
 by dskagers on: Jul 17 2010
 
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It is possible to get the same thing going by using maximus (from ubuntu netbook remix). Having that installed and checking gconf-editor-> apps>maximus>no_maximze will do the same as the method with compiz.

Good luck!


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 Re: Re: Re: A little suggestion

 
 by holodeck on: Jul 18 2010
 
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Thanks a lot for letting us know about this!
It looks like maximus could be our ideal solution. I'll investigate a bit and add a howto to the description.


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: A little suggestion

 
 by Pocio on: Sep 11 2010
 
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I tried Maximus but I have a problem...more often then not my maximized windows do not really go fullscreen...here's a screenshot http://i53.tinypic.com/sdcvg4.jpg
To have the window maximized correctly I have to put my window on the top left corner and then maximize it...
Do you have the same problem?


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 Re: Re: Re: A little suggestion

 
 by monthscrapped on: Sep 29 2010
 
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it is also possible to modify your metacity theme. took me a while but works perfectly: change the style of the frame_style_set "maximized" from "maximized" to "utility" example:

<frame_style_set name="border" parent="normal">
<frame focus="yes" state="normal" resize="both" style="border"/>
<frame focus="no" state="normal" resize="both" style="border"/>
<frame focus="yes" state="maximized" style="utility_focused"/>
<frame focus="no" state="maximized" style="utility_unfocused"/>
<frame focus="yes" state="shaded" style="utility_focused"/>
<frame focus="no" state="shaded" style="utility_unfocused"/>
<frame focus="yes" state="maximized_and_shaded" style="utility_focused"/>
<frame focus="no" state="maximized_and_shaded" style="utility_unfocused"/>

</frame_style_set>


side note: installing fails:
ttalika applet also uses /etc/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults/%gconf-tree.xml


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: A little suggestion

 
 by Pocio on: Sep 30 2010
 
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I tried your solution but doesn't work for me!!
I edited Shiki-colors metacity theme


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: A little suggestion

 
 by monthscrapped on: Oct 10 2010
 
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well the problem with that solution is: metacity themes are basically xml-files and everybody can write them as he pleases (change variable names, rename or move sections, ...), so there's no "change that and it works!".
i used Any Color You Like metacity theme and as i wrote: it took me a while to find which section draws the window border.
i haven't looked at the shiki-file yet but somewhere in that file has to be something similar to my example (because it HAS to support utility windows like for example the gksu window which has no border).
it may be tricky to find but it is there :) good luck

(if i find the time i will have a look at the shiki-colors-theme file)


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 no title for emacs with xmonad

 
 by uq0h5k on: Jul 30 2010
 
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with xmonad and a single emacs window as the only window on a workspace, "Desktop" is displayed as the title

with another window on the workspace emacs' title is displayed correctly

with metacity emacs' title is displayed correctly


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 Re: no title for emacs with xmonad

 
 by holodeck on: Aug 6 2010
 
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Window Applets rely on libwnck to get the proper window information.
I am positive the problem lies within that library, so you should submit a bug report against it.
I will however test xmonad just in case, when I have some time.


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 multiple monitors

 
 by mcalypso on: Aug 30 2010
 
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THANKS! This is exactly what I need... but one suggestion:

Please make a way for the applets to only notice/control windows on the appropriate X screen, and maintain separate settings for multiple applets.


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 Re: multiple monitors

 
 by holodeck on: Aug 30 2010
 
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Hmm, good point. I've never tested it on multiple monitors before.
But the setting are already separate. For example I am using two title applets (one only showing the icon and the other showing the text).


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 suggestion

 
 by nordstern on: Sep 12 2010
 
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please add maverick light theme buttons


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 Re: suggestion

 
 by holodeck on: Sep 13 2010
 
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Does it exist anywhere or are you suggesting someone makes it?


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 Re: Re: suggestion

 
 by nordstern on: Sep 13 2010
 
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sorry, it was not clear enough. I'm suggesting someone makes it.


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 Problem with long window title

 
 by davim on: Oct 14 2010
 
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This is great.
Only two problems, there should be an option to truncate the window title to a certain number of characters and it should be able to get the buttons from the actual theme instead of using themes...


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 Re: Problem with long window title

 
 by holodeck on: Oct 14 2010
 
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1) I will probably add a way to limit the window title.
2) This has been discussed many times before. It is extremely difficult to do because it would require a GNOME theme parser (which is far more complex than the applets themselves). If someone can code it I will add the feature, but otherwise the themes stay. Another option is adding the code to export the button images from GNOME, which would be better but would require arguing with the developers.


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