Sunday, May 25, 2008

Shinyswitcher and standalone-launcher

A lot of the work I've pushed recently has very little visible effect for most users. Yet. It's basically been a lot of reorganization with the goal of future, shiny, goodness.

However, in recent days, I've pushed a few commits that do have a visible effect:
  1. I've modified the default configuration of Shinyswitcher to be more pleasing in a wider range of Window Managers. By default it only grabs an image of the currently active window, this will more or less get rid of the black square issue that happens with a lot of configurations. The maximum time for updates has also been lowered from 30 seconds to 7, so corrupted grabs won't tend to linger as long. I've also defaulted the layout to 3x2, remember that this only applies to non-compiz configuration... if compiz is in use it will use whatever config compiz is configured with. I've also tweaked some of the scales and opacity values. As always the configuration values can be changed in the normal place. And yes I do know that a configuration utility is needed for shinyswitcher.
  2. Standalone-launcher will now bring the managed task to the foreground when a drag and drop motion occurs on the icon. So if you grab an icon from you desktop and drag it over a nautilus task it will activate the nautilus window. If the applet is managing multiple open windows it is possible to cycle through them by moving the pointer and and off the icon (this is a temporary behavior which will be replaced by opening up the task list dialog eventually).
A quick note on vala support. Currently we require version 0.1.7 or 0.2.0 of vala. Versions > 0.2.0 will not work. At this time the newest version is 0.3.2. We anticipate upgrading when vala 0.3.4 arrives, though this is not a firm decision... it could happen with 0.3.3 or even, though hopefully not, a later version.

Other (not necessarily an exhaustive list) news:
  1. aantn continues to make progress on Universal applets.
  2. Tehk has pushed his rewrite of arss into awn-extras.
  3. malept continues work on making the trash applet gvfs aware.

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