Better animations

Bug #234154 reported by Fred on 2008-05-22
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
metacity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: metacity

The minimize animation in Metacity is ugly. It is very trivial and not up to par with other the animations from other operating systems which are over 10 years old.

Tthe animation is in class with Windows 3.11
There is much better animation in Windows 95 than in Metacity.

I am mostly talking about the "minimize window" animation.

Richard Seguin (sectech) wrote :

I understand that your talking about metacity, but what is your desktop environment? Ubuntu? What version? Have you tried to download any themes from gnome-look? (

Changed in metacity:
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
Fred (eldmannen+launchpad) wrote :

I am using Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" with the GNOME 2.22.1 desktop environment.

This is about animations (in particular the 'minimize window' animation), not about themes. This have nothing todo with themes.

Changed in metacity:
status: Incomplete → New
Changed in metacity:
status: Unknown → New
Thomas Thurman (marnanel) wrote :

Suggestions as to what would be better are welcome.

Are you talking about the minimise effect with the compositor turned on, or not?

Thomas Thurman (marnanel) wrote :

Note that I don't mean compiz or something, I mean Metacity's own compositor. You can find the answer by typing

gconftool -g /apps/metacity/general/compositing_manager

Fred (eldmannen+launchpad) wrote :

I didn't know that Metacity has any own compositor.

I am using Ubuntu 8.04 and when I don't have Compiz enabled, it is using Metacity without compositing.
I am talking about the "minimize effect" when the compositor is not turned on.

$ gconftool -g /apps/metacity/general/compositing_manager

It looks ugly with just a black frame around the window, then it gets smaller into the taskbar.
In Windows XP, its much nicer. It's been nicer even since Windows 95, I think.

Thomas Thurman (marnanel) wrote :

It's not a huge priority, since people can use Metacity's compositor which has a better minimise effect, but if you have any better ideas as to how it should look, please let us know.

The minimise effect clearly works as designed, though (your complaint is that it should work differently), so I'm changing this to a wishlist bug.

Thomas Thurman (marnanel) wrote :

(oops, trying that again)

Changed in metacity:
importance: Low → Wishlist
Fred (eldmannen+launchpad) wrote :

Yes, I agree with you that it is not a huge priority.
It is just a superficial cosmetic change.

But how do I turn on Metacity's compositor, and why is it not enabled by default?

Thomas Thurman (marnanel) wrote :

You can turn it on with

gconftool -s /apps/metacity/general/compositing_manager true --type=bool

or by running gconf-editor, navigating to /apps/metacity/general, and turning on "compositing_manager". As to why it's not on by default, I don't know: that's a question for the packagers.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

> that's a question for the packagers.

not using the composite is the upstream default no? that's just not changed in a distribution specific way

Fred (eldmannen+launchpad) wrote :

Ah, now I enabled Metacity compositor, thanks.
Cool, now I have shadows...

But the Metacity compositor needs improvement too, the "minimize effect" is different but still sucks with compositing enabled.
The minimize effect when Metacity compositor is enabled is kinda even worse. Instead of a thin ugly black frame, its now a solid black window.

Richard Seguin (sectech) on 2008-06-06
Changed in metacity:
status: New → Confirmed
manzur (sl-solaris) wrote :

i really think that gnome metacity could have better animations by default, even windows xp has better animation, (in particular the 'minimize window' animation) as fred said, but maybe this could be discuss in

Changed in metacity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
zamiere (zamiere) wrote :

I hope this will change in the next 10 years.

For disable the ugly frame, set
to true.

zamiere (zamiere) wrote :

(And don't forget enable accessibility to disable another ugly black grid when resizing/moving)

Changed in metacity:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
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