Powder

KDE 3.x Window Decorations

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I got inspired by some plasmoids mockups I saw while surfing around.

The content frame is part of the windec. The borders are larger than the usually so thin and unreachable borders --Usability!-- but they don't look so.

Please note the styled menu button. The usual icon never reacts like the other buttons so I replaced it. (This is optional.)
Last changelog:

14 years ago

0.6:

- Double click on menu button now close the window.

- On request, the windows can keep their round corners even when maximized.

- Config dialog re-worked. There's room for some more options.


0.5:

- Shaded windows are now more compact and looking better.

- The buttons glow the same way on active and inactive windows. That's also looking better.


0.4:

- KeepAbove and KeepBelow now have a different icon when activated.

- Button icons slightly changed --for the best, I hope. Old buttons are still available. (See README.)

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Maxilys

14 years ago

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.

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kriko

14 years ago

Ok, looking forward to see that possible.

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tomoe

14 years ago

Hi i compiled version 0.2 without problems (on 64bit box with ./configure --prefix= --enable-libsuffix=64
with 0.3 after executing the same line of configure i can't make it. make stops with something like "multiple target-samples" (my system is in german . so don't know exact english message ..)
any suggestions ?

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Maxilys

14 years ago

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.

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Yaba

14 years ago

Same problem:

> make
Makefile:462: *** multiple target patterns. Stop.

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polpodan

14 years ago

Same problem here with version 0.3!
configure works, but when i type make here's the result!

$ make
Makefile:484: *** schémas de cible multiples. Arrêt.

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pootie

14 years ago

Something I would love to see with this windeco is switchable gradients similar to that of "grover" windeco. I do enjoy the windeco as it is, don't get me wrong. Simply thinking out loud :). Thanks again.

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Maxilys

14 years ago

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. ;-)

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zammi

14 years ago

Here's a interesting demo, if you have an idea of windeco+widget style release.

Link: http://www.neo-luxembourg.net/extra/

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pootie

14 years ago

I like it very much. It is very unique and you always graciously provide a plethora of color themes with your windecos. I would agree though that the title bar is rather large for my tastes. It would be great to be able to set size of buttons and title bar. Thanks for the contribution and all your hard work.

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Maxilys

14 years ago

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.

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DexterMagnific

14 years ago

This is a great theme, but can you please reduce the title bar size, it's too big.

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Maxilys

14 years ago

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.

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zammi

14 years ago

May be you can give an option to specify the height.

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pusling

14 years ago

Here you are: mirror.pusling.com ;)

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tomoe

14 years ago

wow after searching for my windec for a long time i think i gfound it right now!
thanx

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p0z3r

14 years ago

This is pretty nice and clean. One thing I think you're missing is a fade in to the glow instead of an instant state change as it is now.
Smooth Blend uses this so you can look at the code to do it. Plastik also has it.
Keep up the good work!

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Maxilys

14 years ago

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. ;-)

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bonafide

14 years ago

thanks man, this is so great! Do you plan making a style either?

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Maxilys

14 years ago

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.

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jwar

14 years ago

These are really great mockups. I hope someone, somewhere will make them. They would beautify desktops around the world.

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Maxilys

14 years ago

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? ;-)

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tomoe

14 years ago

i'm really looking forward to a working ver

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lordcrow

14 years ago

I really like when borders are rounded, and the windeco itself is excellent keep up the good work!

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14 years ago

0.6:

- Double click on menu button now close the window.

- On request, the windows can keep their round corners even when maximized.

- Config dialog re-worked. There's room for some more options.


0.5:

- Shaded windows are now more compact and looking better.

- The buttons glow the same way on active and inactive windows. That's also looking better.


0.4:

- KeepAbove and KeepBelow now have a different icon when activated.

- Button icons slightly changed --for the best, I hope. Old buttons are still available. (See README.)

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