Well, it’s very exciting that a new plugin has been developed that allows live manipulation of desktop windows. Over on SmSpillaz‘s blog, he’s got some links to YouTube as well as a nice screenshot of the desktop.
The plugin is only in alpha and requires compilation on the system that you are using… But the promise is incredible.
If a plugin like this can work, and more importantly, work well, then I think we can expect to see some excellent plugins to take advantage of this.
Some ideas could be:
- A plugin that shifts windows to the side of the screen rather than minimizing, like a book
- A feature that allows you to scale windows larger or smaller without actually resizing it.
Of course, that’s just my limited imagination there.
Being a sucker for all kinds of eye-candy, I’ve been running the latest builds of Compiz-Fusion. I’ve got to say that it is fantastic and makes the desktop experience a much more pleasurable one.
One of the things that has caused an issue is that the Application Switcher plugin (ALT+TAB) keeps on switching to every second window. Very annoying if you have only an even number of windows on the desktop.
Today, after breaking Compiz with an update, I managed to get it behaving itself by essentially reinstalling it – but the fix for the application switcher is even easier!
To fix the switcher
- Open up the CompizConfig Settings Manager
- Under Window Management, click on Application Switcher
- Click on the Actions tab
- If you have multiple entries for the application switcher (like in this screenshot), you need to make sure that YOU ONLY HAVE SHORTCUTS SET FOR 1 GROUP.
- Once you have cleared the settings so that only one ‘Next Window’ and ‘Prev Window’ shortcut is used, test it out.
And that is it! I think that the only reason that it became an issue was that some settings were inherited from Beryl.