|Submitted: Oct 29 2014|
Updated: Dec 23 2015
Some eye candy for the holidays, including lights, trees, snowmen, pumpkins, flying sleighs and witches, snow and autumn leaves.
This is along the lines of xsnow/xpenguins, and allows you to set themeable decorations on the desktop, you can choose ( at the moment ) either Halloween or Xmas themes or you can add your own.
You can set the speed of the various parts of the theme and their positions, either from the command line or from a config file, ( there is a documented default config file included ).
This works with a number of different WM's, but please see the INSTALL file for details on building/running and some work arounds.
Please see the INSTALL file for basic usage and the documented .rc config file.
Project has gone over to autotools so you now need to do:
sudo make install
Got to my webpage to see some short movies of XDecorations in action with config files.
Development version is now available on Github:
git clone https://github.com/KeithDHedger/XDecorations.git
Please see the BUGS-ETC file for instructions on reporting bugs etc.
Bugs reported on these boards or sent as PM's will be ignored.
!!! NEW !!!
Snow etc can now settle on windows and at the bottom of the screen, you must use the -usewindow option ( the default ) for this feature.
This feature will NOT work on ubuntu unity.
!!! NEW !!!
Multiple flying objects.
different flash combinations for lamps including - chase,random, flash and cycle.
Gusts of wind now affect flyers.
Experimental 'Live' update of config options.
Added falling objects snow/leaves etc.
Added 'Autumn' theme - Just some falling leaves.
Added two types of snow to 'Xmas' theme.
Added double buffering for flicker free anims.
Themes are now split into separate folders for convienience.
Can now shows in a large transparent window, much more compatible, this is now the default.
Images now use .png instead of .xpms
Added true transparency to images.
Can now have unlimited numbers of tree lights.
Can now have unlimited numbers of main lights.
Can now have unlimited numbers of trees.
Can now write out a config file with all the current settings.
Can now choose between different figures.
Can choose between different Lamps.
Can choose a config file from the command line
Just unpack the archive cd into it and run:
Or to install it run:
sudo make install
For further details see the included INSTALL file.
Bugs/Features please email me direct, my email is in the INSTALL file.
Make flying objects animated.
Make positioning of objects easier ( top/bottom etc).
Allow multi trees/figures/lamps etc at runtime. -- DONE
Better documentation. --(1/2)DONE
Double buffering. -- DONE
Restore desktop icons. --DONE ( not needed with window mode ).
And probably a load more stuff.
For basic useage just make the app and in the build filder run:
./xdecorations -configfile ./xdecorations.rc
See the xdecorations.rc file for documented usage or use:
Tutorial on how to set up new theme.
Fixes for distros that muck about with the root window.
Added path to pixmaps folder to config and options.
moved to autotools project.
Re-arranged layers so that flyers trees and figures don't appear in front of settled snow.
Lamps now in front of falling.
Fixed lampflash number not being updated when using watchconfig.
Added strip command to Makefile.
Added CFLAGS/PREFIX to Makefile, commandline can override.
Snow on windows now in front of figures and flyers.
Installed INSTALL file to /usr/share/doc/XDecorations/.
This is the last release that will write to the root window as most distros seem to block this one way or another.
Added y offsets for snow etc settling on windows.
Added y offsets for snow etc settling on bottom.
Added packaging script thanks to Mario for that.
Added different max settling height to windows.
Changed some option names.
Added falling settling on windows.
Split source code into seperate files.
Added falling settling at bottom of screen.
Added new snowmen.
Added 2 different size Santas.
Added new Xmas tree lights.
Added 2 new Xmas trees.
Can now change figure/tree/lamps variables from watched configfile.
Can now change falling/flying variables from watched configfile.
falling objects speed etc re randomized after reaching bottom.
Started to add watch config.
Can now set flyer image chosen from random loaded flyers ( default ) or sequentially ( use negative number ).
Can now set the number of flying objects.
Added clouds to Autumn.
Can now write config file to stdout ( use - as the argument to writeconfig ).
Added 'Weather' theme.
Added -minfallspeed to options.
Added rain to Autumn ( You can tell I live in England! ).
Falling animations now go either backward or fowards randomly.
Gusts now affect flyers.
Added two extra lamp sets to xmas theme.
Added different flash types to lamps.
Added animations to flying objects.
Randomized anim start position of falling objects.
Split Themes into seperate folders.
Added animations for falling objects.
added -noconfig to options to not load the default config file ~/.config/xdecorations.rc
Changed -holiday to -theme.
Added gusting wind.
Added double buffering.
Added theme "Autumn"
Added falling objects.
Default is now to use a transparent window instead of writing to the root window.
Fixed tinsel bug.
Added -no-usewindow option to overide config file/default setting.
Added true transparency, needs to be run in window with composite manager.
Changed image format from XPM to PNG.
Added -usewindow option, to use big transparent window instead of writing to root window.
Added imlib2 dependency.
Fixed not reloading config file properly before using -writeconfig.
Now no limits on number of lamps.
Now no limits on number of figures.
Now no limits on number of tree lamps.
Now no limits on number of trees.
Added -writeconfig to command line to write out a new config file including currently loaded config file,defaults and commandline options.
Removed unneeded sanity check.
Now only loads the needed xpm files.
Added INSTALL file.
Added out of bounds check for figure number/tree number/lamp number.
Added -configfile option to command line to use a different config file.
Added -figurenumber to command line and config file.
Added multiple figures.
Added -lampset option to command line and config file.
Added multiple lamps.
First release into the wild.