create a simple launcher to initiate compiz scale

Bug #695758 reported by Daniel Fore on 2010-12-30
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elementary OS
Invalid
Wishlist
elementary Drive-by Contributors
0.2-luna
Invalid
Wishlist
elementary Drive-by Contributors

Bug Description

Compiz scale is one of those really fancy and really useful things that we have going on. But at the moment, its impossible to discover. I think having a regular launcher would make it really easy for people to stumble upon this functionality.

Daniel Fore (danrabbit) wrote :
Eduard Gotwig (gotwig) wrote :

Where should such a launcher be? In the indicator bar?

Changed in elementaryos:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Incomplete
Daniel Fore (danrabbit) wrote :

No, I attached a .desktop and a script and such for use in the dock ;) Perhaps I'll make a branch and add an expo launcher as well and get it all prettied up so you can make a package for it.

Daniel Fore (danrabbit) wrote :

for future reference, indicators indicate, they never launch.

Eduard Gotwig (gotwig) wrote :

hm, would this not look a bit stupid :/ and a waste of space in the dock IMHO.
What you think about setting the expo effect for the corner of the screen?

Changed in elementaryos:
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Daniel Fore (danrabbit) wrote :

It's not that we ship 100 applications, and it's not permanent. I'm sure how you can "waste space in the dock" especially since this is an incredibly useful feature that most users won't ever see otherwise.

No hotcorners are not a good solution. For 1, users initiate them without realizing what happened. They don't discover the hotcorner, they just think it happened at random. and 2, hotcorners don't work on touch screens.

Avi Romanoff (aroman) on 2011-03-11
Changed in elementaryos:
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
demoneivo (ivano-banfi) wrote :

This kind of launcher should be pre-installed in elementary os. Incredibly useful. Not wasted space on Docky.

Spencer Paul French (spf) wrote :

Great idea, one for the Expo plugin like in Unity and in OSX for spaces would also be a very useful launcher.

maybe a control center for elementary would be better, with all the user settings + the expo plugin?
by the way, we should edit the default compiz settings, i believe the animations are too fast (80) and should be configured to a greater number (300?).

tags: added: defaults
jmikelf (jmikelf) wrote :

I think it's a great idea to put a Scale launcher in the dock, and i also disagree with hotcorners wich are triggered by mistake. But i like everything to be very clear and not mixing applications and manipulation. This is my idea, using awn lucido with expanders. this might get even better in plank i guess:

http://ubuntuone.com/p/12lj/

what do you think?

jmikelf: looks tempting!

jmikelf (jmikelf) wrote :

I made a mockup with these ideas. mixing together the old wingpanel look with a dock behavior. Hope it's usefull, a good window management interface is the key for a placid desktop

http://wikeltxo.deviantart.com/art/Winged-Dock-216675131

I have to say, I think this is really interesting

Avi Romanoff (aroman) wrote :

Very interesting indeed, but I can't help but feel very congested and
cluttered when I look at that screenshot. I'm probably crazy, and either way
it would definitely be opt-out via Switchboard.

In that case, I like this idea ;)

On Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 10:58 PM, Allen Lowe <email address hidden> wrote:

> I have to say, I think this is really interesting
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> Status in elementary OS 0.2 series:
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> Bug description:
> Compiz scale is one of those really fancy and really useful things
> that we have going on. But at the moment, its impossible to discover.
> I think having a regular launcher would make it really easy for people
> to stumble upon this functionality.
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for elementary OS 0.2 because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Daniel Clem (clem11388) wrote :

I would Like to add some 2 cents as well lol I really like the idea of adding scale as a Launcher Icon by default. It would be really great for new users. But I personally might remove it after fresh installing Luna. So there should be an easy way to get it back, especially for new users that might remove things without knowing what they do first.

Wow, D-bus magic in the script! I wonder if it will work with Compiz 0.8...

Finally pulled off decent scale without Compiz! http://youtu.be/pmvehTl_PYo

The attached launcher does not work in the compiz version shipped with Precise. All commands and scripts given at http://wiki.compiz.org/Plugins/Dbus also don't work.

Daniel Fore (danrabbit) wrote :

No Compiz = no Compiz plugins.

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