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Crystal

  

Window Decoration native KDE 3.2 +

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Homepage:  Link
Blog:  Link
Version Control:  Link
Downloads:  317895
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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 nice work

 
 by efflam on: Dec 26 2005
 
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hello
-simple idea (transparency)
-hard and long work (I suppose)
-a lot of options (more than the others)
-terrific result (I love it)

if you search a nice window decoration that s the one , the only one !

a very nice work.

efflam

(mine: 4 round corners, set a blue mosaic wallpaper , handpainted buttons)


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 vista button

 
 by CHRiSNEW on: Jan 7 2006
 
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* Added complete vista-like buttontheme

are the from vista or only a look-alike copy?
afaik the vista-ui is patented.


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 Re: vista button

 
 by dralgebra on: Jan 7 2006
 
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Most of the buttons were created by me, so they only look like. I copied the design, it is not the original artwork. I don't know, can there be a copyright on the design idea? If so, I will remove them.


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 Re: Re: vista button

 
 by CHRiSNEW on: Jan 7 2006
 
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plz don't remove ;)
if the buttons are selfmade, then it isn't a problem


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 Re: Re: Re: vista button

 
 by dralgebra on: Jan 7 2006
 
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I will replace the theme with a complete selfmade theme, next release. The point is, that I don't know, where the guy, that sent me the buttons, have them from. I'm working on it. :)


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 Ubuntu Package

 
 by jserrano on: Jan 7 2006
 
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Thanks for windeco :D

the Ubuntu Package for KDE 3.5 and Breezy was found in:

http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=33440

:D


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 Re: Ubuntu Package

 
 by dralgebra on: Jan 7 2006
 
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No need for Ubuntu packages, since the Debian package should work there, too!


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 buttons problem

 
 by broadcast on: Jan 7 2006
 
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every button theme seems to work, except the vista-theme. if i choose vista it switches back to the default theme.
(gentoo, kde 3.5)


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 Re: buttons problem

 
 by dralgebra on: Jan 7 2006
 
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Did you restart kwin? If you have crystal selected before, the kwin program has the old instance in memory, and after a restart it should work.


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 Re: Re: buttons problem

 
 by broadcast on: Jan 7 2006
 
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thank you, it was my fault ;)


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 Like vista theme but

 
 by Jinidog on: Jan 7 2006
 
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the false transparency to the wallpaper is looking very bad as borders for small windows.
I would want either true transparency or a normal black border, without transparency.
(setting the border width to 0 does look bad too)


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 Re: Like vista theme but

 
 by dralgebra on: Jan 7 2006
 
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You can disable the transparency by selecting "fade" with an amount of 100%. Maybe I'll conquer the true transparency (COMPOSITE) some day...


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 Greatest kwin work!

 
 by urke on: Jan 7 2006
 
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This is simply the best kwin work I see and use (until now I use Polymer kwin deco).
But :) are you planed to put color choser for titlebar when it's set to non-transparent (fade+100%)?


Urke MMI
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 Re: Greatest kwin work!

 
 by dralgebra on: Jan 7 2006
 
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It uses the title bar color, that can be choosen in the colors section of kcontrol.


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