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Friday, 11 August 2017

Latte Dock v0.7, "...a tornado is coming..."


Latte Dock v.0.7 has been released!!! The second Latte  stable release has just landed! 

Go get it fromgithub ! 





- youtube presentation -

Latte v0.7


if you dont want to build it yourself, you can wait a few days to launch on your distro repositiories!

Take notice, Latte v0.7 is only compatible with:

  • Plasma >= 5.9
  • KDE Frameworks >= 5.29
  • Qt >= 5.7
Click here to lend your support to: Latte Dock and make a donation at pledgie.com !

What to expect in the new release, you may ask...





multiple layouts in editor



Dynamic Layouts

you can have different layouts for your Latte which are updated dynamically without closing the application. At the same time you can assign these Layouts to your Activities, meaning that when you get into one of those Activities, Latte is updating its layout accordingly. To achieve the above goal we provide an all new Layouts Editor.


Hint: The previous Alternative session is now supported through Layouts





appearance page in basic mode
Basic/Advanced Mode

we simplify things for new users by providing two different modes for the configuration window. If you prefer simplicity stay with the Basic mode. On the other hand if you prefer full customizability, the kde style, switch to Advanced mode. We tried to follow the kde moto:

" simple by default,
powerful when needed "








six different visibility modes



Windows Go Below

a sixth visibility mode was added, in order for your dock to be always on top without taking up space from other windows. So now we provide, Dodge Active, Dodge Fullscreen, Dodge Windows, Auto Hide, Always Visible, Windows Go Below





title tooltips
Title Tooltips

Show the title of the items during hovering. Such as tasks or applets that support the parabolic effect.






background of Arc Dark theme with
35% opacity and no shadows



Enhance Configurability

You can change the dock offset, the panel transparency, define a different shadow for the applets and enable/disable the panel shadow.





top dock with no maximized window available
Dynamic Background

same dock with maximized window

Show the panel background only for maximized windows and be transparent otherwise.







three separators (two as applets and one internal)
not blocking the parabolic effect
Separators


support separators everywhere including one special internal separator for tasks





hearing radio in the browser
Audio Streams

audio stream indicator for tasks, the user can increase/decrease/mute the volume through this indicator








use the global launchers group
for this dock




Launchers Group

Unique: a unique set of launchers
Global: the global set of launchers
Layout: the layout set of launchers

Hint: these groups are used in order to sync launchers between different docks







official plasma taskmanager in Latte
Plasma Taskmanagers

support applets that take up all the free space of the dock (in Justify alignment).

So the user is now able to replace the Latte Tasks plasmoid with his favourite plasma taskmanager






hearing the radio, downloading a file and
three messages waiting to be read

libunity support

support the libunity way of showing counters and tasks progress through the plasma way of doing this.


Tip: the libunity9 library is needed





                           Global Shortcuts

Super : show the app launcher, howto...
Super+` : show the dock if hidden and expose the task number
Super+Number : activate the relevant task
Super+Ctrl+Number : create a new instance for the relevant task












five unread e-mails
Thunderbird Plugin


a community provided thunderbird plugin using the Latte dbus interface to expose the number of unread e-mails. You can download it from here.




Wayland Tech Preview

We are trying to support wayland for the Plasma environment and so we now provide a tech preview. You shouldnt notice any difference except bugs that exist also at the desktop environment. The docks are positioned correctly and most of the features should work already.

Hint: As this is a tech preview expect some things to break or not work correctly. Plasma team has moved its focus to wayland so you could expect from us improvements following of course their development steps...



fixes / improvements
  • switch completely to plasma libtaskmanager for launchers and tasks
  • improve color handling for window different states
  • add Widgets through the context menu
  • places support from Plasma 5.10
  • a special Latte spacer that its size can be set in pixels or in percentage according to the current Latte icon size
  • active window indicator for window previews
  • copy dock support, fantastic feature for multi-screen environments
  • remember last active window in a tasks group and use the mouse wheel to cycle through a tasks group
  • restart Latte in case of a crash
  • overlay over plasma applets such as forlderview in order to provide correct parabolic effect (bug: showing problematic animations for icon sizes smaller of 64px)
  • provide our own build-in active applet indicator in case the user wants to have uniformity across its docks
  • move the lock button from the drag area into the tooltip
  • disable automatic icon size shrinking when a plasma taskmanager is used
  • improvements for parabolic effect and  various animations
  • support import/export for layout independently and for the full configuration
  • support automatic and manual importing from v0.6 architecture

You can read Latte v.0.6 - fresh air... for features introduced in previous version...


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Wallpaper
    "Old Paper" at, wallpaperswide.com
Music:
    1. BoxCat Games - "Epic Song" at, freemusicarchive.org
    2. Podington Bear - "Now Song" at, freemusicarchive.org 
    3. Podington Bear - "Buddy Guy" at, freemusicarchive.org





7 comments:

  1. Extremely cool work! --Eike, libtaskmanager dude

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    1. Thank you very much!!! :) I love your work for plasma! :)

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  2. wow! great work, thank you!

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  3. Would you consider making this a KDE project? You'd get lots more exposure, free translations and other help and included in stuff like KDE neon

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  4. yes Jonathan,

    We have talked also with Jens Reuterberg a few weeks ago. As a team we concluded that it should be the next step :). I believe that during September there is a good chance to start the Incubation process... Personally I just want one or two small bug fixes for 0.7 in order to not break the distribution and process channels from now...

    After that we can have a feature freeze for Latte and start moving all the infrastucture under kde...

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  5. Could be possible to have the downloader viewer without the libunity dependency?

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