emboss effect on keycaps slows rendering

Bug #890221 reported by Alan Bell on 2011-11-14
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Bug Description

to get an embossed effect the keycap letters are drawn three times, slightly offset. This slows down the rendering and responsiveness particularly when resizing on low powered computers. It would be good to put the embossing effect in a preference so people can turn it off.

marmuta (marmuta) wrote :

Onboard from 0.96.0 tries harder to only draw what's really necessary, ie. often only the pressed key and its neighbours. Is this with a fresh version or still 0.95.0?

Then there is key style "Flat", which was meant to be a fall-back on slow systems. There are no gradients or fake emboss effects to slow it down. In Preferences->Themes->Customize theme try setting the key style to Flat. Does that help?

Changed in onboard:
status: New → Incomplete
marmuta (marmuta) wrote :

I've done some profiling recently and found some unnecessary stuff being done on every key press, meaning the next release will be a little bit faster on the average key press.

Rather than the drawing code, the main culprit was re-calculating font sizes for the various size groups. The fake emboss effect didn't appear to do much to the overall performance in my testing, however this may be video driver dependent. If you feel there is a particular system configuration where this is an issue, please post it here. This would help a lot with testing.

marmuta (marmuta) wrote :

I've just pushed some changes to reduce the level of detail while resizing. Turned off are, in order from highest to lowest impact: gradients, font size calculations, shadow rendering and the multi-pass fake emboss effect. Some fine tuning may still be necessary, but so far and to my eyes, the speed gain seems to be worth the temporary visual degradation.

Changed in onboard:
status: Incomplete → Fix Committed
Francesco Fumanti (frafu) wrote :
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The fix is available in the the alpha 1 preview release of Onboard 0.99.0. Thus, I am marking this bug as Fix Released. Please, do not hesitate to reopen it or file a new bug if this problem is still an issue for you.

onboard (0.99.0~alpha1~tr1190-0ubuntu1) raring; urgency=low

  * New upstream alpha release. (LP: #1089396)
    + Fix Onboard becoming empty when system font dpi changes

 -- Francesco Fumanti <email address hidden> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:33:43 +0100

onboard (0.99.0~alpha1~tr1188-0ubuntu1) raring; urgency=low

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Changed in onboard:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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