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)

roachofdiscord

14 years ago

Cool, the new menu is extremely impressive. One thing though, as someone stated above, not all of the programs get put into the menu automatically. I think kbfx should read subdirectories too, so it finds all of the programs that the normal menu has. This seems to be a big problem for a lot of people..no menu items!

-Joe

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linux3114a

14 years ago

when i use kfx menu some entries are missing
when a select classic KFE type it's correct


STRANGE ....! ! ! !

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maarizwan

14 years ago

13. The submenu entries are not alphabetically sorted! it is annoying to find "xmms on top" and "beep media player" at the bottom of multimedia submenu.

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maarizwan

14 years ago

I have few complains with kbfx 0.4.9.1:

1. menu height is way too small (only 340 pixels) it should be at least 500 pixels!

2. icons are missing. Remember icons help identify menus and submenus. reading text and names of menus are too tiring for eyes!

3. run command should have a GO button to execute the command using mouse click! or make the 'Find' icons clickable to run the command entered.

4. scroll up should be placed above the submenu list

5. scroll down should be placed below the menu list (just above the logout/lock screen buttons)

6. "Add More to " wastes space! either it should be placed as the last option or removed completely from sphinx menu.

7. The 'Description' is taking too much vertical space. there should be a way to toggle on/off that Description of application!

8. Clicking on the menus to view the submenu is very annoying! hovering should do the job.

9. The main menu should be of 32x32 size instead of 16x16.

10. The submenus should be of small size (22x22) as there are more items in submenus than the main menu.

11. Why not create out own menu using the .desktop files like the pcoslinux KDE menus.

12. why not hide the empty menus like 'sciences', Edutainment etc. or better copy the kmenu's entries to sphinx menu.

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maarizwan

14 years ago

kbfx 0.4.9.1 is just amazing! the animated effects are superb. those kind of effects should also be used to:

1. logout -> zoom a dark rectangle
2. lock screen -> a lock zooming to screen
3. menu sliding-> clicking/hovering on a menu should animate it. (like kopete's smooth scroll)

and why don't we put the "Scroll up" and scroll down" at top and bottom of menu? if "scroll down" is placed at the last menu entry then it would be easier to click/hover, when there are no mouse wheels!

Good luck!!!

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sirajr

14 years ago

so..nice to see u back in action.

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maarizwan

14 years ago

please add this patch to kbfx 0.4.9.1 so that slackware, arch, frugalware linux flavors could compile kbfx.

the patch is here:
http://aur.archlinux.org/packages/kdestyle-linspireclear/kdestyle-linspireclear/automake_patch.diff

usage:
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cd kbfx-0.4.9.1
patch -p1 < automake_patch.diff
make -f Makefile.cvs
./configure && make && make install

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frankqn1

14 years ago

Hi,
how to setup the user image on left side of the tooltip?

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Kaisermart

14 years ago

http://www.kbfx.org/staticpages/images/screenshots/7.png

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frankqn1

14 years ago

I saw that, but it's not allowed tome to change anything on this tab:
"Your administrator has disallowed changing your image."

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sirajr

14 years ago

two ways
1.) save any image as
/home/you/.face.icon

2.) login as root go to kDE settings
and enable user image on that tab before the last one..

the first one is easy I think.
u can save any image format..
of any size ..kbfx will make it fit inside that box..make sure u save it as
.face.icon
example if I am user siraj.
then
cp mango.png /home/siraj/.face.icon
should do the trick!





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frankqn1

14 years ago

I did everything you said, but without any result.
I use Kanotix/Debian and SUSE-10.

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athleston

14 years ago

I followed Nookies comments exactly and re-installed kbfxspinx -- this time it works (yeah!) and I added this new applet to my taskbar on Mandriva Cooker.

However, there is not a single menu item to be found, each category prompts me to add/edit items. Clicking on that takes me to kmenuedit but I still dont see how to add my dozens of menu entries.

Can someone toss me a clue please?

:)

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PARENA

14 years ago

Had no trouble with versions < 0.4.9, but this won't compile (Gentoo on gcc 3.4.5, KDE 3.5.2, Qt 3.3.4). I get this weird kio error:

/usr/lib/gcc/i686-pc-linux-gnu/3.4.5/../../../../i686-pc-linux-gnu/bin/ld: cannot find -lkio
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

What am I missing?

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sirajr

14 years ago

check http://www.kbfx.org howto
section..I have added how to fix this problem
this works on gentoo,slack,and suse
bye

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smileaf

14 years ago

Instead of a work around .. why not just add the -L as it obviously causes problems for many and it doesn't affect other distros.. please correct me if I'm wrong.

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smileaf

14 years ago

Here is a patch to fix the issue.
After this change compile is clean.

--- kbfx-0.4.9.1/kbfxconfigapp/Makefile.am 2006-04-16 04:07:51.000000000 -0500
+++ kbfx-0.4.9.1.new/kbfxconfigapp/Makefile.am 2006-04-16 23:11:05.000000000 -0500
@@ -3,7 +3,7 @@

kbfxconfigapp_SOURCES = main.cpp mainwin.cpp kbfxconfig.cpp
kbfxconfigapp_LDADD = $(LIB_KIO) $(LIB_KHTML)
-kbfxconfigapp_LDFLAGS = $(all_libraties) $(KDE_RPATH)
+kbfxconfigapp_LDFLAGS = $(KDE_LDFLAGS) $(all_libraties) $(KDE_RPATH)

AM_CPPFLAGS = $(all_includes)

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PARENA

14 years ago

Great, I've got 0.4.9.1 up and running. :) Thanks!

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justiceiro

14 years ago

Works very well on the Mandriva 2006, but the program doesn't let me change the settings.
When i try to change, the message "kbfx.html not found in /tmp directory" shows up.
Any idea of how i can solve this problem?
TIA

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sirajr

14 years ago

we had to release kbfx 0.4.9 in the middle of development bcos of my bad health. but when i'm well again I will add support. till then u can create new section using k-menuedit and include the settings u like on that . but use a differeant name for the settings group.

thanaks.bye

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mp83

14 years ago

Hi,

i have an additional problem.
The KDE menu has different types of menus and items, but kbfx just handels menus with the structure folder/item and not item (kcontrol) oder folder/folder/item (superkaramba)

Could you please fix this.

Thx and regards manne

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mp83

14 years ago

@Jonny (the deb file maintainer)
Please rebuild the deb!

Have a look at the file/directory structure, please. It is not very cool to have the icons under / :-(

And also the icon in the kcontrol menu is much tooooooo big.

Regards manne

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yoho

14 years ago

This type of menu is the worst thing Microsoft has ever invented... How are you supposed to find your application in such a complex menu ?

In KDE 3.5, I find the "application launcher" much more intuitive : tune it to have minimum 8 apps and maximum 8 apps and you'll have the same functionality with a better look and feel. And you can "stick" apps you use often.

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sirajr

14 years ago

haha...here we go again..grow up kid!.

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gohanz

14 years ago

COmpilation Problem on my SlackWare 10.2
The source have a double extension tar.tar??

configure.in:39: error: possibly undefined macro: AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE
If this token and others are legitimate, please use m4_pattern_allow.
See the Autoconf documentation.
configure.in:44: error: possibly undefined macro: AM_CONFIG_HEADER
configure.in:47: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_CHECK_COMPILERS
configure.in:48: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_ENABLE_SHARED
configure.in:49: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_ENABLE_STATIC
configure.in:54: error: possibly undefined macro: AM_KDE_WITH_NLS
configure.in:57: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_PATH_KDE
configure.in:63: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_CHECK_KDEMAXPATHLEN
configure: WARNING: you should use --build, --host, --target
configure: error: cannot find sources (acinclude.m4) in . or ..
make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.
make: *** No rule to make target `install'. Stop.

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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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