Not quite kicker

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.

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fop

18 years ago

you would have to select the taskbar 'card' if you wanted to use it. you could just as easily use something like the existing external taskbar at the top of the screen.

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fop

18 years ago

I did think about that, really there is no alternative to the existing taskbar if you look at it from that point of view.

there must be some innovative new and better way of including a taskbar that doesn't take up loads of space.....must....think....harder!

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liquidrock222

18 years ago

translucent thing in the upper right hand corner in the first screenshot. I thought that was the taskbar, and thought having it up there was a very good idea.

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fop

18 years ago

it is the taskbar, the task card idea didn't go down too well.

I nearly always have an external taskbar at the top already to give me more room on kicker.

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protoman

18 years ago

After the change you've made I already can vote on this for the system in KDE 3.2!
Great idea!

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ajacoutot

18 years ago

I just love it...
I wish we could have a "killer kicker" like that in a near future.
Really the best project I've ever seen for a kicker...

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17andy72

18 years ago

Rear one, a good idea and looks good. But: It would mean to arrange
and program whole kickers new.

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Rodion

18 years ago

Actually, I don't think kicker should be replaced. It's a nice, user-friendly familiarity for the Windows refugees, which is a Good Thing (TM) IMO.
That said, I think it would be great if there were alternative to kicker for the rest of us geeks; this idea and the other "corner kicker" one really should be developed as separate programs. Rather than look to the chief developers (who have already have a long list of things to do for 3.2), you need to start soliciting coders who would be willing to help. (I'm no coder, but I'd be happy to debug!) First make a real product, and then maybe it can be included in KDE 4.0. :) In other words, don't wait for this (and all the other good ideas that have been circulating here) to be picked up by the main developers--start it now!

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fop

18 years ago

maybe kicker really does need this level of rethinking I know it would mean a lot of work for the developers.

this is just one idea there are so many good ones here surely a new, good and unique kicker can be created from them.

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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