KBFX Silk (KBFX 0.4.9.3.1)

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements

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News: ONLY A NEWS UPDATE
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If you are using or used or care about KBFX , We are sure, you are wondering about the progress KBFX. We haven't forgotten you or the project. We will add some most requested features to KBFX
and 100's of bug fixes reported on our bug tracker and release KBFX for KDE3 as soon as we can,

For KDE4 we will use the Raptor-menu Menu engine, the interface nookie has designed this time is really a NextGen, unbeatable and breath taking. so stay tuned for that. so we will fist finish raptor menu engine (http://www.raptor-menu.org) then move on to KBFX for KDE4.

We are also doing PlexyDesk, I'll add a project entry after I make this posting . PlexyDesk is a
modular desktop render. PlexyDesk will introduce a new and an effective way to use your desktop, yet keep the classic metaphor intact.visit us at http://www.plexydesk.org or #plexydesk at
freenode , we would like to hear from you

Thank you.


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KBFX is an alternative to the classical K-Menu button and it's menu.
It improves the user experience by enabling the user to set a bigger (and thus more visible) start button and by finally replacing the Win95-like K-Menu.
But if you still want the old menu, because you're used to it, it is still available as an option in KBFX.
We recommend, however, that you give the Spinx bar a try.
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Hi all,
KBFX now has been moved to KDE Extragear.
Expect a lot more new features in our next release for KDE3.
In the meantime we are coding KBFX for KDE4 too, so we are a bit busy now.
But that DOES NOT mean that we won't support you and the KDE3 version.
Very soon we will implement the keyboard shortcuts support in KBFX....
Just stay tuned ;)

Love you all ;) :-*

PhobosK and the KBFX Team
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"KBFX Silk" (0.4.9.3.1)
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Hello everyone,

After a long silence from us now we are happy to announce that finally the
stable release of KBFX is ready.
We made a lot of changes to the KBFX Configurator and to KBFX Menu itself.
However we were not able to implement everything you proposed and everything we
wanted. So some of the features (see the TODO list in the source files)
in "KBFX Silk" (0.4.9.3.1) are still not ready. We are sure that they will
present in the next stable release which will be due just after KDE4 is
released. The menu itself, however, is fully functional.

Thanks to all of you who gave us ideas and who tested the prerelease versions of
KBFX.

When you download and install this version you may report the found bugs at
http://bugs.kbfx.net or in an email to phobosk(at)mail.kbfx.net

We wait for your opinion and reports.

Take a look at the renewed sections "How To?" of kbfx.net:
http://www.kbfx.net/staticpages/index.php?page=20060224123135907

We advise all the KBFX theme authors to have a look at the article "How to
create themes for 0.4.9.3" at http://www.kbfx.net/staticpages/index.php?page=howto0493
in order to transform their themes from the old format to the new one ;)
And look at all the documents in the doc folder of the sources.
For additional help on install see here:
http://websvn.kde.org/branches/extragear/kde3/addons/kbfx/doc/INSTALL?view=markup

All the best from your KBFX Team. :)

P.S. Soon we will release the highest rated on Kde-Look KBFX themes as a package containing 20 themes. We just wait for their authors to transform them into the new theme specs.

Note: Things to be considered before installing "KBFX Silk"
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1.) To configure and compile "KBFX Silk" you need Cmake >= 2.4.2 from http://www.cmake.org

2.) To configure, compile and install "KBFX Silk" simply run ./build.sh

3.) Before the install of "KBFX Silk", please unload and uninstall any previous version of KBFX.

4.) After the install of "KBFX Silk" please relogin KDE.

5.) If you need file searching capabilities in KBFX, please download and install Strigi
from http://strigi.sf.net

6.) To enable Strigi support in KBFX, please pass "--strigi" OR "-s" option to build.sh
i.e: ./build.sh --strigi


========DEMO==============
1.) Flash Demo http://www.kbfx.net/kbfx/demo/
2.) User's Guide http://www.kbfx.net/siraj/KBFXslik.pdf
3.) Strigi Install Guide http://www.kbfx.net/siraj/strigi.pdf


************WARNINIG************

The Skin Spec for KBFX Silk has undergone radical changes!
Many of the themes on kde-look.org might not work!
We encourage theme authors to update their skins or make new ones.
For help on that see here:
http://www.kbfx.net/staticpages/index.php?page=howto0493

Thank you.

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Help: http://www.kbfx.net/forum
#kbfx irc channel on freenode
siraj at kbfx.net
phobosk at kbfx.net
Last changelog:

13 years ago

0.4.9.3.1
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- CHANGED layout and font configfile specs
- UPDATED help documentation
- ADDED fade transition effect on the KBFX Button
- ADDED install guides for using checkinstall
- ADDED Hungarian translation (thanks to Ferenc Stelcz for it)
- ADDED option to watch for KDE global changes like new installed applications
- ADDED option for Theme Info
- ADDED resizable configuration dialogs
- ADDED drag&drop hover, pressed and normal images over the KBFX button
- ADDED tooltip support for the KBFX button
- ADDED switch between KBFX and K Menu
- ADDED new two panel skin - "2panels"
- ADDED configurable middle background - middleboxbg.png
- ADDED fonts support in every part of the menu
- ADDED layout support in the KBFX Configurator
- ADDED support for the new versions of strigi
- ADDED support for use of strigi in Gentoo
- ADDED support for SVN version in Gentoo
- ADDED support for PCLinuxOS rpm build (thanks to @PaGal and @tom777 for the testing)
- ADDED support for future KDE4 (part 1)
- ADDED uninstall option for "build.sh" script
- FIXED cmake uninstall
- FIXED RPM .la issues
- FIXED some major bugs
- REMOVED Water effect (too much CPU time consuming and not a favorite one for our users)

linux3114a

14 years ago

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palceksmuk

14 years ago

It looks really good, but when I scroll down I get black lines over the applications list.

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pau

14 years ago

Hi,

before I start modifying things, do you think this is supported on OpenBSD platforms?

thanks for the nice work,

Pau

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sirajr

14 years ago

Yes..it wored on pc-BSD

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janet

14 years ago

My wish for the spinx menu: "drag and drop" resizing:
http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/8575/kbfxresizingwishhz8.jpg

Everytime I try out the menu I get this unappeasable longing to grab the menu's upper right edge to drag it to an about 4 times bigger size...

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GuSArg

14 years ago

Hi!

I suggest to hide Empry groups.
Another thing, when the OS is in spanish, the long groups names does not fit in the left side... will be nice if you correct this.. like auto resizing the frame according the more long group name.

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qazmalar

14 years ago

really good program & idea.. i some used..

i think the control manager need to be some "easier"..

or a different style..

thanks :)

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linux3114a

14 years ago

kbfx-0.4.9.2rc4-lotus.i586.rpm
at
http://home.scarlet.be/raoul.linux/

under DOWNLOAD section ( My SuSE RPM's )

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rgfree

14 years ago

Hi,

KBFX seems to be available in the repository of Kubuntu Edgy. So I finally decided to install it. Didnt bother before because I didnt want to invest to much work in just the start button ;-)
So far, so good. Only thing I couldnt figure out: How do I set an icon for the hover menu (not the animation). It shows only a black rectangle here though I specified a user icon for KDM. Anyway, I'm really missing an option to turn off the hover menu completely. Otherwise great work!

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sirajr

14 years ago

Well just use the latest versions of KBFX - at this exact moment that is 0.4.9.2rc4....
and tell us the results (sorry but no binaries at the moment for Edgy - you should compile them manually)

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PhobosK

14 years ago

@linux3114a and @gohanz,
Thanks very much for the binaries...

@linux3114a,
Your computer is not often turned on so i cannot download the binaries to put them on SourceForge :(
Can we try another way...?

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gohanz

14 years ago

A Slackware 11.0 package with SlackBuild is ready to download!

www.slacky.it

http://www.slacky.it/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=29&func=fileinfo&id=1068

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gassauer

14 years ago

Hi!
what should the search combobox do ?

* search for apps like in SuSE 10.1?
* enter the application name without search?
* select previously entered apps?

cu

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PhobosK

14 years ago

@gassauer,
the last two (enter the application name without search + select previously entered apps), though in next version it will do the three of them...

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linux3114a

14 years ago

kbfx-0.4.9.2rc3-lotus.i586.rpm
at
http://home.scarlet.be/raoul.linux/

under DOWNLOAD section ( My SuSE RPM's )

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poliicallycorrect

14 years ago

no effect?
kbfx compiles normally, kbfx configurator shines to work, and does'nt apply anything...
(Debian testing, kde 3.3.5)
??? (thanks if no "?")

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PhobosK

14 years ago

Can you please give us some more info about this issue.... after trying the new release of KBFX - 0.4.9.2rc3 if possible... ;)

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janet

14 years ago

- I cannot read the font in the kbfx configuration dialogs. It's too small.

- The menu itself is too small. There's that little brick taking up just about a quarter of the screen's height. And only four apps at the same time are shown in the right pane. What's that good for? Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling - instead of taking advantage of the screen's height and show as much apps as possible (if the user wants it).

- When I increase the font size the menu isn't wide enough to display the group names on the left with the whole name - and it is not possible to resize the width.

- A thing I really hate about kbfx: I have set my kicker to user defined size 72. I add kbfx applet to kicker - kicker is resized to somewhat 32. How do the programmers of kbfx dare to take the right to resize my kicker as a *default* setting?

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PhobosK

14 years ago

Sorry @janet,
The behavior of the kicker resizing now has been changed (in the 0.4.9.2rc3 release - just see the configuration on page "Start Button").
And as for the small fonts/configapp dialog - well this will change in 0.4.9.5 - the user will have total control over sizes. Untill then don't forget that there are users whose screen resolution is 800x600 so a bigger dialog box is not an option for them... Anyway we will try to optimize the size of the dialogs in the next release...
Sorry again and thank you for your criticism, 'cause we need a lot of it in order to make KBFX to conform to all your expectations. :) ;)

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PhobosK

14 years ago

Hi @arandamandi and @linux3114a,
Thank you for the links with the binaries...
Will upload them to sourceforge.

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linux3114a

14 years ago

kbfx-0.4.9.2rc2-lotus.i586.rpm
at
http://home.scarlet.be/raoul.linux/

under DOWNLOAD section

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arandamandi

14 years ago

http://www.mytux.org/content/viewslackpackage.php?id=54

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arandamandi

14 years ago

http://www.mytux.org/content/viewslackpackage.php?id=54

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meneerdik

14 years ago

I like the idea of KBFX, and I would love to use it and test how it works out for me.

Unfortunately, KBFX is not very usable for me, because the most basic feature of KBFX does not work properly: Showing the menu.

In the KBFX 0.4.9 stable releases, clicking the menu button would only show the menu for a split second. Just a flash, and the menu is gone again. Sometimes, the menu stayed visible, but most of the time it did not.

In the latest CVS, this problem is a lot less severe: Most of the time, the menu pops up and stays visible. But when you release the mouse too quickly, the menu is not shown. There seems to be a delay of about half a second between pressing the mouse button and the menu popping up. When you release the mouse within this half-second delay, the menu does not appear. This starts to get irritating real quick, and it makes me grab the old KMenu again.

Using KDE 3.5.3 on Gentoo Linux.

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Enso

14 years ago

it's a nice idea but it takes too much to load even when you use the plain kmenu.

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13 years ago

0.4.9.3.1
=========
- CHANGED layout and font configfile specs
- UPDATED help documentation
- ADDED fade transition effect on the KBFX Button
- ADDED install guides for using checkinstall
- ADDED Hungarian translation (thanks to Ferenc Stelcz for it)
- ADDED option to watch for KDE global changes like new installed applications
- ADDED option for Theme Info
- ADDED resizable configuration dialogs
- ADDED drag&drop hover, pressed and normal images over the KBFX button
- ADDED tooltip support for the KBFX button
- ADDED switch between KBFX and K Menu
- ADDED new two panel skin - "2panels"
- ADDED configurable middle background - middleboxbg.png
- ADDED fonts support in every part of the menu
- ADDED layout support in the KBFX Configurator
- ADDED support for the new versions of strigi
- ADDED support for use of strigi in Gentoo
- ADDED support for SVN version in Gentoo
- ADDED support for PCLinuxOS rpm build (thanks to @PaGal and @tom777 for the testing)
- ADDED support for future KDE4 (part 1)
- ADDED uninstall option for "build.sh" script
- FIXED cmake uninstall
- FIXED RPM .la issues
- FIXED some major bugs
- REMOVED Water effect (too much CPU time consuming and not a favorite one for our users)

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