-
 KDE-Apps.org Applications for the KDE-Desktop 
 GTK-Apps.org Applications using the GTK Toolkit 
 GnomeFiles.org Applications for GNOME 
 MeeGo-Central.org Applications for MeeGo 
 CLI-Apps.org Command Line Applications 
 Qt-Apps.org Free Qt Applications 
 Qt-Prop.org Proprietary Qt Applications 
 Maemo-Apps.org Applications for the Maemo Plattform 
 Java-Apps.org Free Java Applications 
 eyeOS-Apps.org Free eyeOS Applications 
 Wine-Apps.org Wine Applications 
 Server-Apps.org Server Applications 
 apps.ownCloud.com ownCloud Applications 
--
-
 KDE-Look.org Artwork for the KDE-Desktop 
 GNOME-Look.org Artwork for the GNOME-Desktop 
 Xfce-Look.org Artwork for the Xfce-Desktop 
 Box-Look.org Artwork for your Windowmanager 
 E17-Stuff.org Artwork for Enlightenment 
 Beryl-Themes.org Artwork for the Beryl Windowmanager 
 Compiz-Themes.org Artwork for the Compiz Windowmanager 
 EDE-Look.org Themes for your EDE Desktop 
--
-
 Debian-Art.org Stuff for Debian 
 Gentoo-Art.org Artwork for Gentoo Linux 
 SUSE-Art.org Artwork for openSUSE 
 Ubuntu-Art.org Artwork for Ubuntu 
 Kubuntu-Art.org Artwork for Kubuntu 
 LinuxMint-Art.org Artwork for Linux Mint 
 Arch-Stuff.org Art And Stuff for Arch Linux 
 Frugalware-Art.org Themes for Frugalware 
 Fedora-Art.org Artwork for Fedora Linux 
 Mandriva-Art.org Artwork for Mandriva Linux 
--
-
 KDE-Files.org Files for KDE Applications 
 OpenTemplate.org Documents for OpenOffice.org
 GIMPStuff.org Files for GIMP
 InkscapeStuff.org Files for Inkscape
 ScribusStuff.org Files for Scribus
 BlenderStuff.org Textures and Objects for Blender
 VLC-Addons.org Themes and Extensions for VLC
--
-
 KDE-Help.org Support for your KDE Desktop 
 GNOME-Help.org Support for your GNOME Desktop 
 Xfce-Help.org Support for your Xfce Desktop 
--
openDesktop.orgopenDesktop.org:   Applications   Artwork   Linux Distributions   Documents    LinuxDaily.com    Linux42.org    OpenSkillz.com   
 
Apps
News
Groups
Knowledge
Events
Forum
People
Jobs
Register
Login

-
- News . 
0
votes
click to vote up

Visual harmony in Plasma Workspaces 2


Published May 9 2013 via RSS

One of the big things we've accomplished on the road to Plasma Workspaces 2 is making all the desktop "chrome" use Qt Quick (nee QML). The log out dialog, the lock screen, the splash screen, the log in screen, the activity manager and widgets explorer .. everything.

(Well, with the exception of KRunner, which I actually have rendering with QML in a branch in kde-workspace, though it is not quite complete yet. You can do searches, results come back, etc. but a few things like configuration are missing.)

We recently defined a new package type, the Look and Feel package, that will hold all of the QML used to render these various components. The idea is simple: by having everything in one package, you will only need to select your preferred look in one place and the entire desktop will conform. This is a natural extension of the ideas behind the SVG theming, bringing consistency to the user interface itself.

I'm very excited about this as it will allow us to put some of the professional, elegant touches that are currently missing. I've probably mentioned it in my blog before, but the fact that the log out dialog is a dialog at all (with a moon!) bugs me every time I see it. Understanding why it is a dialog (with a moon!) helps explain how we got to this point in general.

Each of these user interface components were originally designed way back in either the KDE1 or KDE2 eras. Windows and widgets fit the design sensibilities of the time, so when you go to log out you just got a little window that sat in the middle of your screen asking for confirmation. There were no desktop effects (so no nice fading of the screen) and certainly no ability to do anything very pretty other than traditional widgets like push buttons as seen in every other application; but we could do images. So someone put a picture on the left side of the dialog. Pretty! Shiny! .. and it was. For the time.

Since then we've iteratively improved everything around and under these components, but these bits of the UI themselves were translated faithfully from one version to the next. So even though there is no reason to do it this way now, the log out dialog still has things that look like little push buttons and it still has inexplicable picture on the left, despite now being written in QML and having all the power that implies.

Plasma Workspaces 2 is our opportunity to improve these parts by harmonizing and modernizing them. The log out interface ought to look like it belongs with the lock screen; the log in screen ought to mesh with the splash screen; the activity manager should echo these components visually; etc..

We have a couple people who can do this kind of work, but they have lots on their plate already. This is a great opportunity for someone with a flair for design to get involved and help draw all these pieces together to help create an improved KDE Plasma Desktop.

If you are that person, or know someone who could be, get in touch with us and let's talk. (aseigo at kde.org works for email.)



BackRead original postSend to a friend

Add comment

Add comment
Show all posts




-
 
 
 Who we are
Contact
More about us
Frequently Asked Questions
Register
Twitter
Blog
Explore
Apps
Jobs
Knowledge
Events
People
Updates on identi.ca
Updates on Twitter
Facebook App
Content RSS   
Events RSS   

Participate
Groups
Forum
Add App
Public API
About GTK-Apps.org
Legal Notice
Spreadshirt Shop
CafePress Shop
Advertising
Sponsor us
Report Abuse
 

Copyright 2007-2014 GTK-Apps.org Team  
All rights reserved. GTK-Apps.org is not liable for any content or goods on this site.
All contributors are responsible for the lawfulness of their uploads.