Notify-osd looks are not customizable

Bug #420583 reported by Nathan on 2009-08-28
This bug affects 10 people
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notify-osd (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: notify-osd

At the moment the notify-osd looks are not configurable (not with a GUI, and as far as I can see not with gconf and/or a configuration file).

THis should be possible to do: in the first place with gconf (or configuration file) and in the longer term a GUI (maybe not all aspects, but at least some of them).


Color settings: (Mirco has confirmed the problem and seems to work on a solution)
Presentation settings: If notifications should be visible in fullscreen or not (and what priority should be shown) (
Font settings: (is already being worked on...)
Also things like blur and fade out settings should be configurable

Timeout settings: the time notifications stay should also be configurable: some people read faster than others, so the very-sensible default (of x time per n characters) can be good, but some people maybe like y time per n characters.

Placement settings (which is the real cause of the bug report: center-right is in my option very bad UI design (maybe it is just an experiment): Probably it is more noticeable than top-right but it is also more probable that it is in your way:
While reading (a big text) the part I'm reading is often more or less in the center, so I can do 2 things when such a notification happens: Scroll down so I can read the text again, or move my mouse so it appears above the notification so I can read the text under it...
It thought notify-osd was about "passive" notifications that didn't take your attention so you were not obliged to do anything, with the new (non-)sensible non-configurable default setting I have to react (sometimes) to a notification...

Mirco Müller (macslow) on 2009-10-06
Changed in notify-osd (Ubuntu):
milestone: none → later
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
Roland Hieber (rohieb) wrote :

I support that.

Changed in notify-osd (Ubuntu):
milestone: later → none
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