KDE 4.9 to Get a New Widgets Explorer
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KDE 4.9 to Get a New Widgets Explorer
by Susan Linton - Jan. 19, 2012Comments (1)
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As you might have heard, KDE is, more or less, getting a whole new rewrite again. Some folks may read (or write) that with dread given how the last rewrite went for users there for a while. However, perhaps we should take a look at some of the good things instead. One that's come to light recently is a brand new widgets explorer.Marco Martin (a.k.a. notmart), KDE Plasma developer, recently shared some images of the upcoming 4.9 Widgets explorer. You know, it's that thing that pops up when you click the Acorn and then Add Widgets. Martin says that the old one looked "crowded and dirty, because elements were too cramped together, not very well aligned and sizes were quite eterogeneous. Now we paid a lot of attention about the sizes and positioning of the elements, as shown below, everything is positioned along a quite precise grid, that makes the view look less crowded that it actually is."  Martin continues by saying "for each release of the KDE Plasma Desktop having some element not only rewritten, but its UI becoming significantly more elegant with few but important improvements in the look or in the behaviour."This is attributed to being written in QML. Martin says that's what giving the newer versions a much smoother look and feel. He also said that QML makes it easier for those who would like to start contributing to do so. It also "makes it easier to maintain, easier to spot possible problems, easier to modify and experiment new ideas." 1000 line of code in QML has replaced 4000 lines in C++. Visit Martin's post for a bit more detail. He has also posted some handy links to QML documentation for those who might want to learn.
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by anonymouser on Jan. 20, 2012Hey Martin!!
Listen up...
EVERYTHING in KDE can be adapted for people with bad vision which is really great.
EXCEPT for one thing: the system tray icons. You know, one of the most looked at widget.
Seriously, it CAN NOT be that hard to allow the icons to be ... you know, visible to those who have bad eyes (some distros going monochrome icons on top was like kicking someone who is down).
Im not sure if its some UI queen who doenst think it looks good or what but cmon, get your sh^t together.
The system tray is constantly looked at and even though I can make every icon or font bigger, the tray is locked into one size.
Its for the user to decide what size is good for them, not you or me, the USER and its stunning that this one important widget doesnst have that.
>KDE is, more or less, getting a whole new rewrite again.
This sentence is more or less ... useless. If you have something THAT important to say, you should do a whole article on THAT, not throw it out in the incoherent mess above.
This is shoddy journalism because THAT is the only thing anyone will get from this post.
The revamp of Plasma Desktop from C++ to QML started a few releases back, its a continuing affair and has nothing to do with the 4.0 jump.
Which is what you are insinuating.
The 4.8 release got a completely new QML based device notifier which I believe will be improved for .9
Now its the turn of the Plasma widget explorer and activity manager to be rewritten from scratch in QML. Again, this is NOT the 4.0 jump.
There will be components that will be changed after that as well but once again... NOT EVEN REMOTELY close to the 3>4 switch.
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