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Crystal

  

Window Decoration native KDE 3.2 +

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Homepage:  Link
Blog:  Link
Version Control:  Link
Downloads:  317910
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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 Profiles

 
 by Yaba on: Mar 29 2006
 
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Great! Yes, the 1.0 release is definitely worse. And I really appreciate that it's possible to disable the transparency features (I never used them ;-) ).

There's just one thing missing: Since crystal offers so much possibilities, it would be great to have some kind of confguration profile management (e.g. like QtCurve offers). This would enable theme creators to distribute different configurations for crystal.


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 Re: Profiles

 
 by dralgebra on: Mar 30 2006
 
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What would be the difference to Dekorator then, except for the transparency (which a lot of people disable)? Too much flexibility is hard to control.
Btw., crystal creates the configuration file ~/.kde/share/config/kwincrystalrc, save this as your preset. ;)


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 FC4

 
 by RavenClaw on: Mar 29 2006
 
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can I use any of the rpms available here for my fedora core4 ?


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 Re: FC4

 
 by dralgebra on: Mar 29 2006
 
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Yes, the Mandriva package should work.


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 transparent taskbar

 
 by davidklose on: Apr 3 2006
 
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hi, great decoration but i would like to know how to get transparent taskbar applets/buttons. Thanks, great work.


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 transpaarency

 
 by anotherdike on: Apr 5 2006
 
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hey there, anybody know if FC4 has any known issues with disabling the trasnparency? seems that when I try, it merely pays me lip service. all the config options concerning trans are greyed out, but my titlebar doesn't change at all. also, some way to define a titlebar color would be pretty bad ass. all in all, this is still my favorite windeco for the simple fact that it offers up the option to easily change the size of the titlebar and borders. thanks fella.

~btw, does transparency really affect system performance when the window is still, or is it mostly when moving the window? I ask because when using crystal I don't seem to notice any change in performance, save when I move the window and leave the trans refresh on. I disabled the "Show Contents While Moving" option in the "Configure Window Behavior" menu and now my system is always ready to go...


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 transparency^

 
 by anotherdike on: Apr 5 2006
 
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damned typos...


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 Re: transpaarency

 
 by dralgebra on: Apr 5 2006
 
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If you update the deco while kde is running, you need to restart at least kwin to make the changes take effect, otherwise kwin would use the old installed version.

Crystal uses only cpu when the windows are moving.

Crystal uses the default title bar color, which can be set up in the colors section of kcontrol.


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 swweeet!

 
 by AGNXadmin on: Apr 5 2006
 
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been looking for a theme like this thanks and great job!


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 oye

 
 by anotherdike on: Apr 7 2006
 
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I'm an idiot, sorry for the dumb questions. Thanks for your patience though, as well as your timely replies. I just reinstalled after hosing my system and all is fine with Crystal. Beautiful work man.


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