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16777216
August 12th, 2008, 06:17 PM
The other day I was reading through the Compiz forums and an idea hit me for a dock like app that had features no other does.
Here is a list of some of the things that I want it to have.
While the icons could be bitmaps SVG would be prefered and the dock background it's self would be vector to allow shape changing with out artifacts.

All, some, a few, one side.
Multi-head support.
All heads share screen edges or each head is separate.
Possible AWN, Cairo dock theme import and awareness to avoid it, ie. not grow in where it is at and if it moves get out of it's way.
Hot-key, screen edge, screen edge with hot-key and/or mouse button.
Transparent, compiz blur, etc., support with composite, opaque with out. But always pretty.
To add to the point above use masking or whatever method metacity uses for rounded corners when we have no composite management.
Can have launchers, GNOME panel applets, own plug-ins.
Parts can be "free selected" and "broken off"
Multi-row ie. having a section be wider to support a block of items.
Blocks, sections or individual items can be made persistent so that they will not auto-hide.
Include built in sensor objects for gkrellm like functionality. ( I still love/use gkrellm but hate trying to theme it. )
Slide-out. fold-out, bubble-out, grow-out, etc. sub menu/dock/thingys.


This mock-up and work in progress.


http://sites.google.com/site/linuxrandomness/_/rsrc/1218553071484/Home/ideas/dock%20idea.png?height=157&width=420 (http://sites.google.com/site/linuxrandomness/Home/ideas/dock%20idea.png?attredirects=0)

Todo: (mock-up)


Add dock icons.
Add descriptions.
Add system meters.
Add normal desktop items.
Add a dashed line showing monitor separation.
Add screen identifiers.
more...

Todo (application)


Find some one who can program.
Get them to program it.
???
Profit?

SphereCat1
August 12th, 2008, 07:16 PM
I'm also working on something like this, but it has the whole desktop on a desk. Check it out at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=866390. :)

SphereCat1

Crafty Kisses
August 12th, 2008, 08:34 PM
Looks interesting, it kinda looks weird with all the colors though, but interesting nonetheless.

16777216
August 12th, 2008, 09:24 PM
I'm also working on something like this, but it has the whole desktop on a desk. Check it out at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=866390. :)

SphereCat1

I looked at your ideas and we seem to agree on some points.
Over all I think yours may be more do-able.

I think you should look at mac-slow's lowfat
install how-to.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=850289

16777216
August 12th, 2008, 09:38 PM
Looks interesting, it kinda looks weird with all the colors though, but interesting nonetheless.

Yeah I didn't have a dual screen wallpaper on hand of my own to use so I whipped up a quick one with the qbist plugin.

I'll probly render up something later.

Crafty Kisses
August 12th, 2008, 09:59 PM
Yeah I didn't have a dual screen wallpaper on hand of my own to use so I whipped up a quick one with the qbist plugin.

I'll probly render up something later.

Can't wait it looks really cool, but weird at the same time.