g-p-m doesn't show enough information

Bug #485370 reported by David Jaša
This bug affects 2 people
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gnome-power-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-power-manager

See the Bug #462267. Now with battstat applet gone, its features should be added to g-p-m so that user comfort is not harmed.

g-p-m shows only icon in status area. The icon can express only limited amount of information and even then it is not used to its full potential. Now the icon can show only battery states (external power only, battery charging, battery charged, battery with high/low/very low/critically low remaining capacity discharging).

Precise information is displayed in tooltip only. That means that user needs to get used to interrupt regularly work on some battery, move the cursor to the icon, wait for tooltip to appear, read the information and then to resume work. All of this must be often done with integrated pointing devices that are much slower and much more precise than regular mouse.

I request these features to be added to g-p-m's UI to fix mentioned usability flaw:

1) add a keyboard shortcut that would display notification bubble with actual power state (and let know about it in tooltip, g-p-m settings or another place that is likely to be visited by plain user)

2) icon modification so it displays actual charge in "analog" way. The "battery inside" of Humanity g-p-m icon on my computer is 11 px high so it should drop 1 px for every 100/11 = 9 discharged percents of capacity. (And of course rise for every 9 % recharged.)

3) option to display remaining time or percents permanently

4) option to show large battery in style of battstat's two icons mode or in style of Lenovo's Battery MaxiMiser gauge (see attachments)

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David Jaša (dejv) wrote :
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David Jaša (dejv) wrote :
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Joe Pearson (secretcode343) wrote :

I second this (even if it gets treated as a feature request rather than a bug) - the displayed information is limited at present.

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Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. A new version of GNOME Power Manager is available on Maverick and we are wondering if this bug is still an issue for you with that version? Could you please test and comment back? Thanks in advance.

Changed in gnome-power-manager (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca) wrote :

Thanks for reporting this bug and any supporting documentation. Since this bug has enough information provided for a developer to begin work, I'm going to mark it as confirmed and let them handle it from here. Thanks for taking the time to make Ubuntu better!

Changed in gnome-power-manager (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: Incomplete → Triaged
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