Compiz Fusion Community News for November 3, 2007

Summary

Welcome to another edition of Compiz Fusion Community News. During the period between the last entry and this one, we have seen a lot of things, such as a couple of new community plugins and some fixes for some long-standing bugs. We also saw the first ”stable” Compiz Fusion release (0.6) based on the 0.6 branch and Compiz 0.6.2.

News in Bugs:

  • Some panels and docks are no longer hidden in ‘Showdesktop’ mode
  • Dragging and dropping icons in scale finally works now
  • If you toggle the switcher, then cancel it by pressing (Esc), it won’t switch you to the next window
  • If a window was denied focus for whatever reason, it will now set the ‘Demands Attention’ hint (Flashing in the taskbar)
  • CCSM will now warn you if you try to use a feature (I.e, largedesktop) when no plugins actually provide the feature
  • When using ‘fit window to zoom level’, the window will not go smaller than allowed by the program
  • Some GNOME action integration fixes
  • AIGLX users can now use water, blur and reflex properly due to a nice little workaround in the workarounds plugin.
  • Freewins is no longer slow

News in Features:

Some great new plugins are out too. Lets have a look:

Freewins Plugin:

Otherwise known as AWESOME, this plugin allows you to freely rotate any window in any direction that you want. Of course, there is no input redirection yet, but there have been things added so that you can try it out and then reset your windows so that you can use them again.

There are of course bugs, specifcally it doesn’t play nice with cube, wall or expo, but otherwise works🙂

freewins.png

Git master users can get it from

git clone git://git.compiz-fusion.org/users/warlock/freewins

If you are using ubuntu or a distribution that does not support XCB, use the 0.6 version from here

(openSUSE is the only major distribution that supports XCB)

Anaglyph Plugin

Talked about on digg as the real 3D desktop, this plugin will turn your desktop into not just a 2D image on a screen, but a real life 3D image (With the help of some 3D glasses). As you can see in the screenshot below the image is split up near the edges into a color, red transparent bit and cyan transparent bit, much like in the movies. You’ll need a standard pair of 3D glasses (Go to a 3D Movie ;-)) to make it work properly (Red-Blue/Green)

screenshot.png

You can anaglyph just one window as shown above

screenshot1.png

Or you can anaglyph the entire desktop as shown above.

The great thing about this plugin is that the anaglyph’s change as window stacking changes. This means that windows will be viewable in 3D and that you can see clearly the window stacking. (Of course, you can’t see behind a window as it’s not physically possible :D)

Finally, you can configure which windows can be anaglyphed, how far out the initial image is on your screen and how far out the windows should stick.

Anaglyph was made by the user wodor

The unfortunate thing is that I don’t have a pair of 3D glasses so I can’t try it out😦

You can download anaglyph from

git clone git://git.compiz-fusion.org/users/wodor/anaglyph

0.6 users can get a version soon. Watch this space.

Photo wheel

User b0le has hacked together from snow and gears a plugin which will display a wheel of photos in the center of your cube.

photowheel.png

You can customize the images that display on the turn-wheel and a new option as recently added to have the turn-wheel spin around a separate axis away from the center of the cube

EDIT : Link: http://forum.compiz-fusion.org/showthread.php?t=5246

Stars Plugin

Finally, I’ve hacked together a port of the stars plugin from Beryl (Which I missed greatly), essentially based on snow, except for an algorithm change and function renames🙂

star.pngstar2.png

Git master users can get it from

git clone git://git.compiz-fusion.org/users/smspillaz/stars

And where would we be without a 0.6 port:

Application Updates:

I’ve also added a keybindings selection to CFCapplet and it can now dynamically resize. Screenshot below

screenshot-desktop-effects-settings-compiz-fusion.png

This actions tab was first seen in crdlb’s medium-settings

Tip of the Week

Did you know that you can blur out unfocused windows? Just navigate to CCSM->Plugins->Blur->Focus Blur and check it and make sure that there is something in ‘Focus Blur Windows’

Conclusion

Well thats it for news over the past two weeks. I hope everyone is enjoying Compiz Fusion and I congratulate the developers of all these great new plugins! Also, congrats to the dev team for our 0.6 release last fortnight. It rocks!

– Sam

36 thoughts on “Compiz Fusion Community News for November 3, 2007

  1. If you’re talking about the mac-style window switching plugin, I believe it’s now called scale rather than Expose.

  2. However much I like Compiz, it seems to be breaking the chrome under Gutsy with a 7900GS using the latest drivers.

    I’m wondering if anybody else has had this problem fixed with 0.6?

  3. geeeez, and me just quit drugs, damm couldn’t you released this after christmans .) j / k

    rocky rock compiz as always!!!

    thnxs!!!

  4. Where is the freewins plugin?

    Guys i really like that and would like to have in my ubuntu desktop
    so please post the exact link to it

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