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Kicker Panel

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I have tried to make my menu/kicker idea useable, subtle and expandable.

The idea came from those trading card games, you make your deck depending on how you work and each card in your deck is part of your overall strategy.

I have only really showed 2 'cards' here, the Information center and the taskbar, but you can have as many as you like with whatever application/function you want on them.

there are further explanations on the screen shots.

THIS IS JUST AN IDEA: the download is just the first screenshot.

There is a chance that this might become a reality. A source forge project has been started by hyrcan at http://sourceforge.net/projects/slicker

If you know any developers that could help please get them to go there and get involved.

I am working on an interactive flash version of the idea so you can play about with how it works. WARNING, it will be quite a rough impression of the hopefully finished thing works.
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18 years ago

I have been listening...

1) I have removed the taskbar card and replaced it with transparent taskbar at the top of the screen

2) I have moved the kmenu button underneath the quick launch buttons on the main menu card (which is all in one by the way, just twice the height of the others), so now the kmenu is in the bottom left hand corner, just where it should be

3) I renamed the taskbar card 'Mail Center' but that really means nothing I just wanted a quick title for it.

wwrafter1

18 years ago

Really cool. Reminds me of the desktop in a version of solaris I used briefly.

Someone commented that this is different from the Kicker.
They are right: This is slicKer!

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mathjazz

18 years ago

It's incredible! But it looks like a totally new desktop environmemnt. I think it should be more "KDEish". For instance, everything should be bigger, because bigger is better (check http://developer.kde.org/documentation/design/ui/fittslaw.html)

Start programming!

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mustard007

18 years ago

Good !

I hope to see this in a near future !

Someone say if KDE Team had see this ?

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redmac5

18 years ago

I must also say that these are really great looking new ideas for KDE.
Is anyone working on the implementation yet?

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th.cherouny

18 years ago

It's very modern and very professionel. I wish we have a desktop style like this.

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gravis

18 years ago

I love the idea of unifying the desktop with pim elements !! this is a gread way to improve KDE

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forbdonut

18 years ago

make it plllllleeeeeeaaaassssseeee

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dter

18 years ago

I think that's a quite amazing design proposition, and if something like this were to be implemented in say, KDE4, I'd finally make the switch to KDE. :)
It's a very innovative design idea, and would look great. Now to get the KDE developers to buy into the idea. :D

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Marko

18 years ago

This looks very promising. I have no problems with kicker as it is right now, but I think this could be an improvement.

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panzi

18 years ago

I love it!!!
I hope someone could implement that (in the near future).
It would be cooler than OS X!!!!

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Yaba

18 years ago

have the taskbar in another tab. Instead I would use a minimized window view (like the Mac OS X dock) on the desktop itself. A little bit like kasbar, but just with the minimed window content as "icon".

Anything else... Great idea!

However we should keep kicker for those Windows-To-Linux-Switchers and provide something like this as an alternative.

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PARENA

18 years ago

...what YOU want can be an alternative, instead of the other way around. ;)

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PARENA

18 years ago

Great improvement on the taskbar and the K-menu (moving it to the absolute bottom left). Now start programming, dammit! :)

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satai

18 years ago

I'd use this. Pretty much all to say, really.

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daniele

18 years ago

Both the idea and the presentation.
But I think this has nothing to do with what kde is right now.
This could be developed with kde/qt components, but it is not the same as kicker.
This is something utterly new, which is quite better, that would definitely give kde an its own personality, lokk and feel.
Still, for migration matters, kde default should be a more panel-like thing.
Very, very good job

Daniele

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gravis

18 years ago

I love this (maybe) new kde spirit :)

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oliv

18 years ago

Your K menu is badly designed according to Fitts law.
http://developer.kde.org/documentation/design/ui/fittslaw.html

Please consider that the K menu of kicker must be easy to click on, thus should be in the corner/edge of the screen.

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Rodion

18 years ago

....Is obvious: swap the kmenu bar and the quick launcher bar. In fact, the two could be just treated as one fatter "card", with a row of icons along the top, and the kmenu button in the lower left corner.

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fop

18 years ago

that'd work. if you look at the second screen shot the quicklaunch and kmenu are all in one any way, but I disgused it as two to look like a stack.

But I will try swaping the menu button and the quick launcher!

Thanks

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fop

18 years ago

everything must stay the same, good.

and the kmenu is on the left hand edge.

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PARENA

18 years ago

What Oliv means is that you have to be able to 'throw' your mouse to the bottom left corner of your screen and can click without looking. With your design, the menu itself is not at the very bottom left corner, but slightly higher. This makes clicking it harder...

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fop

18 years ago

that is a fair point, this is difficult.....

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PARENA

18 years ago

Well this is sure 'fresh'. Very innovative! :)

But I'm either getting it wrong, or there's a 'problem'. When you have minimized an app, you'll have to click the taskbar and THEN click the app to get back to that app? I like to see what apps I have running, instead of having to go to the taskbar and let int 'unfold'. I wanna know if I have that xterm running yes or no...

Very cool idea, though...

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zelegans

18 years ago

something looking like the quick launch card, but tainted differently and expandable as more apps are launched.

Very good ideas. Kicker, as it stands today, is very good (for me), but this sort of thing would be even better.

I'm curious to see what the devs and usability guys have to say about this. I hope KDE takes it :)

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protoman

18 years ago

I think the same way. It's the only think I disliked about the idea.

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18 years ago

I have been listening...

1) I have removed the taskbar card and replaced it with transparent taskbar at the top of the screen

2) I have moved the kmenu button underneath the quick launch buttons on the main menu card (which is all in one by the way, just twice the height of the others), so now the kmenu is in the bottom left hand corner, just where it should be

3) I renamed the taskbar card 'Mail Center' but that really means nothing I just wanted a quick title for it.

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Kicker Panel

Kicker is the main panel used in K Desktop Environment 3 and earlier. Together with KDesktop, it forms the graphical shell. It can be customized by the user. By default, it has the K Menu, a Desktop Access button, a Home button, a Konqueror button, a Kontact button, and a Help button. Wikipedia