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Crystal

  

Window Decoration native KDE 3.2 +

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Homepage:  Link
Blog:  Link
Version Control:  Link
Downloads:  318129
Submitted:  Jun 30 2004
Updated:  Feb 1 2009

Description:

Crystal is a kwin window decoration theme, which offers you (pseudo) TRANSPARENT titlebar, buttons and borders. Check out my screenshots! It also has some little usuability enhancements.


Main features:
* The style grabs your wallpaper and uses it as the deco background. It has several blending modes, i.e. it can fade the background into the defined title bar color, or it can brighten or darken the wallpaper, as well as blur the source image to simulate glass.
* Choose the blending color of the buttons.
* You can define the title bar height and border size of the windows.
* Right click on minimize button toggles shade mode.
* Middle click on minimize button sends window to below.
* Double click on program symbol closes window.
* Support for button themes. Basic button theme is included, feel free to swamp me with cool themes.
* Can show a tooltip of the caption
* Mouse-wheel on the title bar to 'scroll' to all opened windows of the same desktop.
* If kdocker is installed (http://kdocker.sf.net), right click on close button will send the window to the systemtray.


Disadvantages:
- Crystal needs KDE >=3.2 and QT>=3.2.
- May be very slow and memory consuming
- Don't forget to breathe, while drooling.


-- INSTALL ---------------------
Basic Installation (from the console):
- Step 1
$ ./configure
OR: $ ./configure --prefix=`kde-config --prefix`
- Step 2
$ make
- Step 3 (as root)
# make install

If you installed crystal while it was running, you need to restart kwin to use the updated version: kwin --replace
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Crystal in common distributions:
- Kubuntu: Crystal is the default decoration since 6.06
- Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install kwin-style-crystal
- Gentoo: emerge -a x11-themes/crystal
- Fedora: yum install crystal
- Debian: apt-get install kwin-style-crystal
- openSUSE: install from repository http://software.opensuse.org/download/KDE:/Community/openSUSE_10.2
- FreeBSD: Port x11-themes/kde-windeco-crystal
- Mandriva: urpmi kwin-style-crystal


For KDE 4.x port see:
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/crystal?content=75140

Source can also be found on GitHub:
https://github.com/shlusiak/kwin-style-crystal/tree/KDE-3.5


Regards,
Sascha Hlusiak




Changelog:

1.0.7:
* Added Kubuntu button theme (thanks to Kubuntu team)
* Do not draw shadowed captions of inactive windows so it's easier to read
* Nicer defaults

1.0.6:
* Probably fixed linking of kdecore on some platforms
* Don't hide borders when in half maximized state. Fixes glitch when restoring a half maximized window.

1.0.5:
* Fixed linking of needed libraries like Qt in rare cases
* Fixed crash in "cycle tasks with wheel" in Compiz/Aquamarine. Use KDE setting when running in compiz.
* Set default of "cycle tasks with wheel" to off
* Showing version in preview


1.0.4:
* Fixed bug of not clipping when window is not visible (https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/kwin-style-crystal/+bug/82870)
* Integration of kdocker: Right click on close button to run kdocker for that window to minimize it to the system tray. kdocker needs to be installed (http://kdocker.sf.net)
* Menu button is finally themeable. Added menu button images to button themes, where possible


1.0.3:
* Added option to suppress drawing of caption
* Added the two more overlays "glass" and "steel"
* Merged the beautiful Kubuntu Feisty button theme


1.0.2:
* Added Kubuntu-Edgy button theme
* Doubleclick is recognized on whole window frame
* Possibly slight speedup in rendering overlay


1.0.1:
* Added sweet Kubuntu button theme
* Fixed button misplacement when returning from fullscreen mode


1.0.0:
* Added raised/sunken mode to inline and outline frame
* Minor fix for outline frame with Vista buttons
* Configdialog changes/fixes
* Option to _completely_ disable all transparency code, for more speed
* You can separately define the color of the minimize and maximize button now
* Yeah, I think, it's worth the 1.0.0 now!




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 XCompmgr

 
 by ghostface1501 on: Oct 16 2005
 
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That's not true, XCompmgr is very fast if its configured correctly, especially on NVidia-Systems.

I only would prefer a checkbox where I can
enable XCompmgr in the setup menu of the WinDec. I don't mean Crystal should only be working with XCompmgr.

So calm down!


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 Re: XCompmgr

 
 by dralgebra on: Oct 16 2005
 
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So just wait for KDE 3.5


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 Re: Re: XCompmgr

 
 by czubin on: Dec 2 2005
 
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actually composite drawing of transparency will always be faster then pseudo transparency IF

1) render acceleration is used on your video card & driver (only nvidia does this)

2) enough memory , all the windows bitmaps needs to be stored into mmemory

3) instability is minimal to only 3D application in rare cases
(consult nv forums or freedesktop if you got problems)

kde3.5 option for transparent deco isn't a real option :
it makes everything transparent including the text, the borders etc


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 Re: Re: XCompmgr

 
 by czubin on: Dec 2 2005
 
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ow yes look at transparency and your theme, too bad about the fading of text colors , But I love it!

http://czubin.ellisdesign.org/screenshots/screen.jpg


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 Fedora Core 4 x64

 
 by fpoole on: Oct 16 2005
 
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I'd like to give this a shot but I can't update my GCC to compile it because Yum keeps complaining. Any plans for an RPM for my platform (LOL) or advice about working around this?

Screenshots look great, by the way. ;)


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 Re: Fedora Core 4 x64

 
 by dralgebra on: Oct 16 2005
 
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The Redhat/Fedora/Mandriva rpm packages are compatible.


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 Re: Re: Fedora Core

 
 by fpoole on: Oct 17 2005
 
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Not this time. "No preview available. Most likely there was a problem loading the plugin." I'm on an AMD64 platform, it's probably related.


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 Re: Re: Re: Fedora Core

 
 by dralgebra on: Oct 17 2005
 
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Okay, then you have to build it from scratch, I only provide 32 bit packages.


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Fedo

 
 by fpoole on: Oct 25 2005
 
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Bad news... I have one of the blacklisted GCC versions and the yum update has a shedload of bad dependencies and such. May as well wait then.


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 slow

 
 by rokkford on: Nov 3 2005
 
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i like this window decoration very much, but it slows down my desktop!
is there any chance to improve the performance of crystal?


¡hasta la victoria siempre!
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 Re: slow

 
 by dralgebra on: Nov 3 2005
 
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It does not slow down your desktop. If you move a window, there is a redraw neccessary. The redraw should be very fast, but if it is slow, you can disable the "immediately redraw".

When you switch the virtual desktops, the decoration is regrabbing the wallpaper, DEPENDING on the checkbox "track desktop changes", in the configuration dialog. Disable it, and there is no lag anymore.

There are no other options to speed it up. Check your settings.
How fast is your computer?


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 Re: Re: slow

 
 by rokkford on: Nov 7 2005
 
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unchecking 'track desktop changes' works fine, thanks!
it's an AMD Athlon 2200+


¡hasta la victoria siempre!
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 Compile Errors AMD64

 
 by aschne15 on: Nov 20 2005
 
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First of all: I'm not a programmer. So if the following change is complete nonsens, just ignore me ;o).

Problem:
When I try to compile Crystal on an AMD64 I get the following Error-Messages:
crystalclient.cc:1290: error: cast from 'CrystalClient*' to 'int' loses precision
crystalclient.cc:1293: error: cast from 'CrystalClient*' to 'int' loses precision

After using Google to find out, what the problem is, I changed in both lines (1290 and 1293 of CrystalClient.cc) the "(int)" to "(long)".
Now it compiles and it even works ;o). And -of course- it looks great.

Cheers

Axel


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 Re: Compile Errors AMD64

 
 by dralgebra on: Nov 21 2005
 
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Thank you very much for this hint. The code-part does not work at all, so it is deactivated, but still compiled. I will uncomment it in further versions, so it will not cause any harm. :)


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 Good

 
 by bmagera91 on: Nov 25 2005
 
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Hmmm...this a very good theme manager, iam really like!This a perfect!


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 compile problem

 
 by tomoe on: Dec 2 2005
 
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Hi
I hope someone can help..
Compiling stops with ld: cannot find -lacl
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
can anyone guess what the problem is ?


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 Re: compile problem

 
 by dralgebra on: Dec 2 2005
 
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Second time, I hear that. :( Doen't complain on my boxes (and I don't have acl installed).

Which distro? Which version of KDE?


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 Re: compile problem

 
 by tomoe on: Dec 2 2005
 
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ok, i fixed it.
It's on 64bit Suse10.0
I had to make symlinks in /lib64
:/lib64 # ln -s libacl.so.1 libacl.so
:/lib64 # ln -s libattr.so.1 libattr.so

now i have another error:

/opt/kde3/include/kdecoration.h:175: warning: 'class KDecorationProvides' has virtual functions but non-virtual destructor
crystalclient.cc:53: warning: 'class CCrystalTooltip' has virtual functions but non-virtual destructor
crystalclient.cc: In member function 'void CrystalClient::mouseWheelEvent(QWheelEvent*)':


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 Re: Re: compile problem

 
 by dralgebra on: Dec 2 2005
 
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Which version of KDE?? Which compiler?

Your post does not seem to be complete, the error message is missing.


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 Re: compile problem

 
 by tomoe on: Dec 3 2005
 
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it's kde 3.5 on x86_64
and gcc version is 4.0.2

error is:

crystalclient.cc:922: error:
crystalclient.cc: In member function 'void CrystalClient::mouseWheelEvent(QWheelEvent*)':

'titlebarMouseWheelOperation' was not declared in this scope


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 Re: Re: compile problem

 
 by dralgebra on: Dec 3 2005
 
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So you have a very mixed system, the titlebarMouseWheelOperation exists in the file kdecoration.h since veryion 3.5, you seem to have an old version of this header file installed.
Comment this line out in the crystalclient.cc, and it should compile fine. You'll be unable to use the default mouse wheel operation on the titlebar, but that is not that important. :)


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