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Window Applets

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Window Applets
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Window Applets
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Window Applets
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Minimum required   GTK 3.x
Downloads:  14506
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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 It... works!!!

 
 by derma on: Jul 14 2009
 
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Schema issue solved... works w Launchpad package.



Mersì bo q


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 Re: It... works!!!

 
 by holodeck on: Jul 14 2009
 
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Everyone thank Scott! :D


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 Re: Re: It... works!!!

 
 by reeve on: Jul 14 2009
 
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It turns out the standard GNOME setup scripts for .deb packages don't handle schemas, so I had to add it manually :P


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 Brilliant

 
 by ov1d1u on: Jul 24 2009
 
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I have no word to say.. Just: Brilliant idea!


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 Re: Brilliant

 
 by holodeck on: Jan 5 2010
 
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Thank you!
I will try my best to keep it this way!


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 Multiple problems

 
 by pogrom on: Aug 15 2009
 
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Unfortunately I have some problems and amybe you can help me.

First of all, I've downloaded the windowapplets_0.2.1-0~ppa3_i386.deb from gnome-look but I couldn't install it :/. It keeps telling me that a dependency is not sattisfied and that I don't have libgtk2.0-0. I've checked and I have it so I don't know what is wrong.

Than I've downloaded the namebar applet and installed is successfully.

I don't know what is the connection between those two packages :/

Anyway, the problem is that I can't configure the namebar applet. First of all, after I select Properties from the right button menu nothing happens. It only works at second time I choose Properties. But than only an empty window appears. It has a window title and buttons on the title bar but it is empty. Just grey space with no buttons or anything so I can't configure anything.

And probably that is why I can't make the applet work as I probably can.

What I would like it to do and I can't make it to, is:
- have the minimize, maximize and close buttons in the top right corner of my screen, the window title in the middle of the pannel and between the window title and the buttons I'd like to have the clock, tray etc, like on the screenshot at gnome-look.
- the applet always shows the title of an focused window, even if it isn't maximized which I don't like because for example I may have a maximized window without a title bar (I had to configure compiz manually to make the titlebar disappear for maximized windows since I don't see the applets properties) open and on top of it I have a non-maximized window with a titlebar and I like the applet to show the maximized window title so I can see it and close the window. It probably should work like this but it does not for me :/
- it would be great if double clicking on the window title on the panel would unmaximize the window, like it works when you double click on a maximized window titlebar.

I hope I've described my problem clear enough.

Please help. Thanks in advance.


pogrom
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 Re: Multiple problems

 
 by holodeck on: Aug 15 2009
 
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First of all, the namebar applet is completely unrelated to Window Applets. They are two separate projects. Please ask questions about namebar on its gnome-look page or contact its author.

Now, about your installation problem: It would seem that your package manager has developed some issues.
Try running
sudo apt-get install --fix-broken
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sudo dpkg --configure -a

If that doesn't work, you can try to force-install windowapplets, although I do not recommend it:
sudo dpkg -i --force-depends windowapplets_0.2.1-0~ppa3_i386.deb

Also, next time please provide full error messages as it greatly helps in solving problems.


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 Re: Re: Multiple problems

 
 by pogrom on: Aug 16 2009
 
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maybe I'll try installing it from the source.

But I don't get the 3. point. Why is it in bold, do I change something in this line?


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 Re: Re: Re: Multiple problems

 
 by pogrom on: Aug 16 2009
 
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OK I've installed it from the source.

I don't see the window title, only the icon and I dont see the window buttons.

I see the icon also for not maximized window.

Preferences window does not come up - nor for Window title applet, nor for window buttons applet


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 Re: Re: Re: Multiple problems

 
 by pogrom on: Aug 16 2009
 
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I've simply coppied the whole line in step 3, without adding or changing anything since I don't understand it.

Could that be the reason of the problem? I've read the previous posts and many people couldnt see the window title nor the buttons but they've fixed it but I don't get how.


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 Suggestions

 
 by blablum on: Aug 26 2009
 
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I have a couple of suggestions for the developer, maybe you'll find them useful.

First I think it would be helpful to have a way to close all open windows with a single command, maybe using the right click menu so that it is hard to trigger it unintentionally.

The second suggestion would be to include session management options like logout, restart, shut down and lock screen whenever the desktop is active (since having maximize, minimize and close buttons at that moment is pointless anyway). I think it makes sense since people using this applet are trying to save screen space and that way we wouldn't need the dedicated session management applet.

By the way, thanks for the work so far, this is one of the most useful applets available.


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 Re: Suggestions

 
 by holodeck on: Aug 31 2009
 
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Hi, thank you for your suggestions.
I think the first suggestion might be a useful addition to the applet. It would take the applet to the next level. It wouldn't just replace the window buttons anymore, but would add new features like manipulating all windows. But that needs to be thoroughly thought through. There's lots of details that need to be sorted out before implementing such a feature. Like, what would the un/maximize button do? Toggle all windows? Should minimized windows be affected? Should there be a warning before closing all windows? Etc..

But I don't agree with the second idea, because of two reasons. Firstly, session management has nothing to do with my applet so it wouldn't really make sense to add it. And secondly, there's already a very small applet called "Fast User Switch Applet" that does exactly that. Even if I added these features, we wouldn't really save much space.

Thank you for your feedback!


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 Re: Re: Suggestions

 
 by blablum on: Aug 31 2009
 
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Closing all windows certainly should not be achieved by a single click on x otherwise a lot of people would trigger it accidentally and that would piss them off. The way I see it there are two options, either a click on x followed by a dialog box confirmation or a right click to open the dropdown menu with the option 'Close all applications'. Both require two steps making it less likely for it to happen accidentally.

I believe minimized windows should also be closed, or maybe it could be an option.

About the minimize and maximize toggle buttons I'm really not sure, maybe you could consider having one of them unminimize all currently minimized windows.

I think it is important also to have a visual indication if clicking a button will yield a different action than normal, otherwise usability suffers. What I mean is that if clicking on x will close all windows than at that moment x should be of a different color than normal, so that the user realises what will happen if he/she clicks that button.

About the session management suggestion you're probably right, I'm a bit obsessed with saving screen space and that's why I suggested it but I see it could potentially be confusing to users since it changes the main focus of the applet.


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 Re: Re: Suggestions

 
 by acidrums4 on: Nov 16 2009
 
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I think it would be wonderful if the applet had buttons for "tiling windows in different ways", as x-tile does it (http://www.gnomefiles.org/app.php/X_Tile), i.e. tiling vertically or horizontally, or maximizing and minimizing all windows.


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 Fails on Gentoo

 
 by Grafushka on: Nov 24 2009
 
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I've tried to build these applets in gentoo with following results:

gnome-globalmenu was included as an overlay and version 0.7.x works fine!
but with window-applets there were bugs - some dependencies can be satisfied only on debian-based systems, such as build-essential (it can be installed from the sources, but only through the dpkg!) Strange is, why i haven't seen even one error message at compilation? o_O
In the end we have more and more dependencies, so complete build on gentoo is impossible for this moment.

window-buttons appears, when they must, but leaves traces after window was unmaximized. OnClick on Preferences menu item kills the applet. And the most important - windows leaven't title bar, when i maximized them.


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 Re: Fails on Gentoo

 
 by Grafushka on: Nov 24 2009
 
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Excuse me, part about globalmenu applet was written not for this topic


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 Re: Fails on Gentoo

 
 by holodeck on: Jan 5 2010
 
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If this still happens, could you please contact me via personal message, so we may resolve the issue.


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 Possible changes

 
 by quiescens on: Dec 1 2009
 
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I made some changes to two parts of the functionality for my own purposes:
1. If you click the unmaximize button while the maximized window isn't active it will make the window active while unmaximizing it. This seems to be the default behaviour of the normal unmaximize button.
2. I made it so that it hides the buttons individually rather than just hiding the whole applet when using "Hide buttons when no maximized window is active". This seems to make the applet take up no panel space when hidden, rather than leaving an empty gap. (for example: I can then have the applet at the far right of the panel, set my remaining applets a pixel or two off the right hand side, and then when I do have a maximized window it pushes the remaining applets to the left, and when I don't have a maximized window, it will shrink and the other applets get to use the space)

See the following diff if either of these changes seem viable. (I've probably broken the tabstops due to text editor settings, and sorry if my changes are badly implemented.)

http://pastebin.com/m7f2bf686


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 Re: Possible changes

 
 by holodeck on: Dec 2 2009
 
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Excellent!

I will test this out as soon as I have some time on my hands. I will probably include it in the code. It seems like a very logical change.

Thank you very much for your contribution.


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 Re: Possible changes

 
 by holodeck on: Dec 14 2009
 
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Committed: http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~andrejx/+junk/windowapplets/revision/2


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