Gnome Extensions

Source (link to git-repo or to original if based on someone elses unmodified work): https://github.com/GNOME/gnome-applets

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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.

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:

Great news!
Window Applets are now shipped by default with Gnome (Flashback) 3.24.0, as two individual applets (Window Buttons and Window Title) !
I no longer maintain the project, it now gets its love from the GNOME community. This page will remain available for its historic value, but please report the bugs/requests directly to GNOME.
Minor note: In order to include the project in GNOME I allowed the new maintainers to change the license to GPL 2.0.
Last changelog:

Shipped with GNOME 3.24.0 2 years ago

The applets are now available in GNOME 3.24.0 within the gnome-applets package.

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holodeck

9 years ago

Hmm, this seems odd.
Can someone confirm?

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Noctivivans

9 years ago

This applet crashes on my system too (when I try open preferences) - Archlinux, GNOME 2.30.0, x86_64. Other things works fine.

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holodeck

9 years ago

I can't reproduce this.
Can someone who has this issue please send me their IM address (any will do) in private, so that we may find the cause of this problem.

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ljrmorgan

9 years ago

Hi, I have the same problem, also on ubuntu 10.04. Did you ever get to the bottom of it? I installed the applets from the PPA mentioned here - could that be part of the problem? If I can help you fix the problem then send me a message and let me know :-)

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schlumpf

9 years ago

could you place the themes folder into the home folder?

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holodeck

9 years ago

Well there is no such option at the moment. I could implement it, but it wouldn't be a small change. May I ask why you need it?

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DanaG

9 years ago

These applets are awesome, for laptops no matter what screen resolution.

A few improvements you could make to the title applet: have it follow the active and inactive metacity text colors automatically, and make the title draggable like the Ubuntu netbook UI.

Also, if you try to set the font to, say, DejaVu Sans Book 8.5, Very Bad Things happen when you return to the preferences dialog.

On my netbook, one time it made the preferences window 5 screens wide, exceeded Intel's maximum texture size (and so killed compiz), and then locked up the intel GPU.

On my full-size laptop with fglrx, it hard-locked the system -- corrupt video, and heartbeat LED completely dead.

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holodeck

9 years ago

>> have it follow the active and inactive metacity text colors automatically
It actually does that, but the problem is that each theme (at least in Ubuntu) has applet-specific font/color settings. And obviously they do not exist for WTA. Still trying to figure out some kind of a workaround for this.

>> and make the title draggable like the Ubuntu netbook UI.
Adding this option could be a good idea, agree.

>> if you try to set the font to, say, DejaVu Sans Book 8.5, Very Bad Things happen when you return to the preferences dialog.
I've just tested this (on fglrx/compiz) and it only crashed WTA. This looks like a gtk/gnome bug though. I will look into it.

Thank you for the report.

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holodeck

9 years ago

I've fixed the font bug in version 0.2.6 which I will release soon.

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mandyzhou

9 years ago

This is absolutely brilliant; thank you! Wish it worked better with Emerald, though.

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hellocatfood

9 years ago

I removed this package prior to upgrading Ubuntu but it's still putting the window title in the panel and hiding the title bar in a maximised window. Are these settings stored externally somewhere?

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holodeck

9 years ago

Well, they are stored in gconf (/apps/panel/applets). But if you remove the applet the settings should reset.

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hellocatfood

9 years ago

Perhaps have the preferences removed when it's uninstalled

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holodeck

9 years ago

I'm not sure if it is allowed by DEB standards to remove personal settings. I'll have to talk to Scott about this.
Otherwise a simple "Remove From Panel" applet command will delete the settings, unless there is something wrong with your distribution.

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brx75

9 years ago

It would be nice to have a menu like the default gnome Window Selector applet with the list of all open windows.

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holodeck

9 years ago

Hmmm, where do you think it should be implemented? The Title applet?
What would be the advantage to simply using Window Selector instead?

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casshern

9 years ago

When I close a window the WBA doesn't hide. It only hides after I hover the cursor on it.

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holodeck

9 years ago

Fixed in 0.2.6.

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holodeck

9 years ago

You're right. I will need to fix this.

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roshan-george

9 years ago

I love this applet! It works great.

Occasionally it loses the theme and becomes flat, though.

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holodeck

9 years ago

Thank you.

But what do you mean by "becomes flat"? Can you explain in a bit more detail?

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roshan-george

9 years ago

Never mind that. I misunderstood what it meant. I was talking about the 'unfocused' buttons. I'd set it to control all windows and so I only see that 'unfocused' button very rarely so thought it was displayed in error.

Thanks for a very useful applet!

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brx75

9 years ago

It's possible to add the Window Manager menu when clicking on the applet?
Like the Ubuntu Window Picker.

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noduck

9 years ago

Very nice. I use these applets together with Ubuntu Netbook Remix, and it looks much better and is more functional than the standard "Window Picker" applet.

However, one function of the Window Picker applet I have not yet been able to replace: it shows a single button for each open window. This allows to quickly change applications (with the mouse). It is a bit like the "Window Selector" applet, but without the menu and flattened.

Would you be interested in implementing something like that.

Anyway, thanks for the nice applets!

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holodeck

9 years ago

How do you imagine this would be implemented? I need some more concrete ideas first. What are we talking here: perhaps right-clicking on the title applet and selecting a different window?

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Shipped with GNOME 3.24.0 2 years ago

The applets are now available in GNOME 3.24.0 within the gnome-applets package.

7 years ago

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

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