KBFX for Kubuntu Dapper Drake

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements

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New : Note : changing Font color Howto
Changing the font colors can be done like this
1.) in your skin folder have a file kbfxfontrc
2.) set the following parameters.

ApplicationText=#e7e7e
CommentText=#898989
LineColor=#89849
GroupText=#dddddd
FontSize=8
UserName=#dddddd
then u will see the fonts change! live

Concepts behind KBFX:

Flat Index Menu vs Hierarchical Menu
KDE K-Menu is a good example of a flat hierarchical menu. It organizes application shortcuts in a tree link structure where it can expand and branch of based on some logical order. The order can be Task oriented , or it could be type oriented. To find and execute an application the user is required to navigate along the branches till then reach the leaf (leaf node). This approach is a direct adoption for Microsoft Windows start menu. They introduced such a menu with windows 95/98/Me releases. And continues even on windows XP and Windows 2000 with slight alteration by mixing Flat indexed and old hierarchical menu.
What KBFX Spinx Menu is offering here is a Flat indexed menu. And it has a marked difference from Windows and KDE application menus. A index menu is a very easy to navigate menu type. Where on the left hand side you are given the application categories this can be again task oriented or type oriented. And on the left hand side all the available applications under that category is listed. Advantage here is that, it's fast to locate applications, the user sees the application categories at a glance and he can pick it with direct input from the mouse. This saves time by not having to travel along a long list till the end leaf is found. The speed of use is further enhanced by moving the most used and recently used application to the top most index, so that the most used applications are just one click away.

KBFX Development.
KBFX version 0.4.9 is a four month long prototypical development Approach. The release is a complete rewrite eliminating all the negative points of previous versions. At the start we had a list of end requirements for version 0.4.9 and we developed each of the feature unit testing it as it was developed. Testing each and every class along the way. Apart from unit testing, the quality assurance manager would periodically check the quality of the product and as new releases are made to the KBFX source repository. QA always check the product against the requirements that we had set to maximize quality. This way of development help us to discover tons of bugs and fix then then and there, and we debut that KBFX has any hidden bugs that can't be fixes. And it was more than helpful to see many users around the world checking out the development release of KBFX from CVS, and reporting and posting problems encountered helping to add more stability and compatibility between distribution. Because of this even before KBFX is 0.4.9 is released we know the supported platforms. KBFX has been tested to work with all GCC3.x and GCC4.x compliers. And also on distributions such as Gentoo, Debian, Ubuntu, Suse, Slack, Mango, Manrake/Mandriva and Fedora Core systems. But compiling on FreeBSD systems is yet to be tested, we will port KBFX to FreeBSD and PcBSD.

Documentation for KBFX.
Documentation for KBFX has been a big draw back in the recent past. Fortunately Gogniat Nathanael who is a professional, and skilled technical write, joined KBFX efforts to write a user friendly environment with maximum eye-candy. Now users can expect to have some high quality and well made documents instead of programmers jargon. This helps Siraj, Mensur and other developers to take care of other parts of KBFX improvements. KBFX 0.4.9 has A user's manual, A skin specification for Spinx bar, and a Installation guide.

New KBFX features
Spinx Menu:
This is the Alternative menu we introduce to KDE for launching applications.

Spinx Bar has 6 Basic Functionalities.
1. Selecting an Application Group
2. Selecting an Application
3. Type and locate an Application
4. Logout of the Desktop
5. Lock the Desktop
6. Launch KBFX settings manager
7. Scroll up and down the application list

Extra features
1. Double buffered Widgets to minimize flicker.
2. Animated scroll bars
3. New Tooltip
4. Gif/Mng File Support
5. New Control Manager

You can find more details about following topics from http://www.kbfx.org

1. How to install from source + KBFX Installation and Setup Guide
2. How to setup dude icon
3. How to install skins
4. Using KBFX settings Manager
Last changelog:

14 years ago

0.4.9.2
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1.) Added support for Buttons with Drop shadows
2.) Better support for Mandriva distribution
3.) Repaired make system for all distributions
4.) More applications for the menu
5.) Grouping header for each application group and sub groups
6.) Added Font settings as part of the Theme itself
7.) Kiosk mode support
8.) Handling of submenus

0.4.9.1
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1.) New HTML based Config
2.) Spinx Bar improved and redone for MAX icandy . with better theme support
3.) Double buffered rendering for kbfx button
4.) Animated buttons (Gif/Mng) image support
5.) Animated scrollbars like thing
6.) icons zoom
7.) Improved skin support
8.) themeable tooltoip ( two types animated and none animated)
7.) KDE user icon support (KDM icons)
8.) user Name support (login name)
9.) Application Items are sorted
10.) Better user support and Help
11.) login and lock buttons are working now
12.) Mouse Cursor has more sense
13.) KControl Module uses HTML ..old config removed
14.) Automatic icons and theme installtion with source code
15.) The applet is renamed , from kbfxvista to kbfxspinx
16.) Animated User Image
17.) Add more to Menu Action for Application List Better Customizations.
18.) 32x32 icons support

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14 years ago

0.4.9.2
=======
1.) Added support for Buttons with Drop shadows
2.) Better support for Mandriva distribution
3.) Repaired make system for all distributions
4.) More applications for the menu
5.) Grouping header for each application group and sub groups
6.) Added Font settings as part of the Theme itself
7.) Kiosk mode support
8.) Handling of submenus

0.4.9.1
=======

1.) New HTML based Config
2.) Spinx Bar improved and redone for MAX icandy . with better theme support
3.) Double buffered rendering for kbfx button
4.) Animated buttons (Gif/Mng) image support
5.) Animated scrollbars like thing
6.) icons zoom
7.) Improved skin support
8.) themeable tooltoip ( two types animated and none animated)
7.) KDE user icon support (KDM icons)
8.) user Name support (login name)
9.) Application Items are sorted
10.) Better user support and Help
11.) login and lock buttons are working now
12.) Mouse Cursor has more sense
13.) KControl Module uses HTML ..old config removed
14.) Automatic icons and theme installtion with source code
15.) The applet is renamed , from kbfxvista to kbfxspinx
16.) Animated User Image
17.) Add more to Menu Action for Application List Better Customizations.
18.) 32x32 icons support

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