Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Plasma Powa !

I've been working for some weeks now on Plasma art on kde-artists.org, the new kicker for KDE4.
I'm only designing early mockups, nothing official.

Kicker Is meant to be a breathtaking piece of artwork. It will use Composite to render real transparency. But more than icker, it will merge tree element together : kicker, the desktop and SuperKaramba, in order to provide a very consistent and immersive desktop experience.

Panels will be able to dock to each other like this (click on the "no thumbnail" thing):

New elements should appear like the extender. It's a "growth" of the panel which brings the user various informations.

Any applet could be dragged off of its panel and dropped an the desktop (like a SuperKaramba theme). Aaron Seigo, kicker maintainer calls them "plasmoids. So plasmoids will be able to take place on the desktop or on a "third layer" appearing above the desktop and the widows it contains.
Here's what it could look like :

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

This last picture is a mockup I made for showing a popup displaying informations about the applications when you hover them in the taskbar. It's not sure wether it will be included or not.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Anyway, kde-artists.org is a great place with a young and yet very involved community. It's a very pleasing experience to work with it.


Blogger Linux Unix said...

Informative blog. Check out my gnome kde blog.


Post a Comment

<< Home