Dropdown Terminal

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements

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This isn't so much an "improvement"? as a cool trick with the shading function. I got the idea for this after reading about the "On Desktop Terminal"? http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=17473 (Hey, he stole my wallpaper!)

I thought a desktop terminal was interesting, but not really of much use. It stays on the desktop, so getting to it requires clearing the desktop in order to access it. I don't want to minimize of move all my open windows in order to access the terminal. What I wanted was a terminal that would be instantly available, on top of everything else when in use, but out of my way when I'm not using it.

As you can see from the pictures this terminal drops down from the top of the screen when ever the mouse stops on the very top row of pixels. When the mouse moves out of the terminal, it pops back up. Otherwise it is invisible except for a tiny unnoticeable line at the top of the screen.

As you following the instructions to set this up, remember that the exact settings will be different for different screen resolutions and for different window border styles and settings. My screen is 1280x1024 and I use Plastik window borders with normal size settings. Remember: you may have to tweak all the numbers in order to make it work right. The numbers use are the ones that work for ME.

First, run aterm. I use the following settings:
aterm -ls -fg white -sh 60 -fade 100 -tr -sl 1000 -geometry 182x30+0+0 -sb -trsb

You can use other terminal programs, or even other non-terminal programs if you want some other type of program always at your finger tips! (For instace: a drop down media player)

Second, create a Window-Specific Settings entry for this terminal in the Control Center. I created one I called "aterm window"? with the following settings:
-Description: aterm window
-Window class: aterm xterm (match whole window class, exact match)
-Position: Force, -10 -36
-Desktop: Force. All Desktops
-Shaded: Force, X
-Keep above: Force, X
-Skip taskbar: Force, X
-Skip pager, Force X
-Moving/resizing: Force, Transparent

Have fun.

vdboor

13 years ago

There is something called Kuake which does the same thing, but it's a KDE application with konsolepart. Perhaps worth looking at, and perhaps inproving it..!

http://www.nemohackers.org/kuake.php

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iluvatar

13 years ago

I really like this one :) however I'v got one problem: the aterm is not transparant. I use exactly the same command you provide, but the background is pitch black :(

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demersus

13 years ago

I followed your instructions and I get the title bar on all desktops, and it does not drop down. What might I have done wrong? Im using kde-3.4

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iluvatar

13 years ago

you have to enable the following to make this work:
- open the control center
- go to desktop->window behaviour
- click the 'advanced' tab
- enable the 'enable hover' option

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FishB8

14 years ago

I keep having people ask my why the download isn't working. Read the directions people! This is not something you download, it's instructions on how to get it to work. (You don't need anything special installed to accomplish this)

The reason for the download link is because you have to put a link to something or somewhere for a download or the form won't be accepted.

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bazzz

14 years ago

hi !!! Nice idea but i cand download it

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ashyanbhog

14 years ago

I am trying to make it work in kde 3.3 with no success, even after "enable hover" is applied.

any suggestions?

running "Bahgira" theme

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Neil2Earth

14 years ago

I like the idea of having (in my case) Konsole ready and loaded just not in my way, i understand the principle of this and the use!

But i dont understand how to implement this, can someone please explain how to make this work.

Thanks

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draven007

14 years ago

For some reason I cannot download your drop down menu. the download button returns me to the kde-look main page.

can you please send me a link or just send the app? thanks

kev@draven007.com

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blueSceaDa

14 years ago

i cant get it to work ..
i dunno why exactly .. for me i see the little line but cant to anything with it if i click or do mouseover ...
what would i have to do to stop it from being shaded or whatever ?

i also cant get how this could work if it's forced to be shaded and everything

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blueSceaDa

14 years ago

got it to work now ..
you missed to say that the "Enable hover" under "Shading" in the "Advanced" tab of "Window Behavior" needs to be set !!

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fatcho

14 years ago

now just need to figure out how to add a hot key. as in gaming you can ~ to bring up console.

excellent work!

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FishB8

14 years ago

If you want to use a hotkey, you may be more happy with using Kuake. (google for it) This is more for if you want to be able to trigger the drop down by the position of your mouse.

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miguipda

14 years ago

Hi,

could you please tell me why I can't download this "download terminal" program ?
In fact yesterday I click on the download hyperlink at the end of the description of this program (on KDE-Apps) and it will come back to the main page of KDE-Apps (and then display all the new apps).
To day I try the same and it just go to the KDE-look website and always come back to this other KDE website when I click on the so desired download hyperlink.
What the matter ?

Thanks, have a nice day.

Miguipda ;-)

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FishB8

14 years ago

There is no download, because there is nothing to download. It's all part of KDE. (except for aterm if you decide to use aterm, but that can be obtained from your distro's packaging system)

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Superstoned

14 years ago

I guess there is no download, you have to follow the instructions...

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venson

14 years ago

Anyone try this either with Kate or Xchat and get it to work?

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venson

14 years ago

Update:

Yes! I got this to work with Xchat. While Xchat doesn't accept a --name argument when launching, one could still make use of it successfully.

I setup a Window specific setting called xchatdd for Xchat, then launched Xchat as follows

"xchat --name xchatdd"

Ok, i know this isn't the best place to talk about Xchat, but that's for whoever's interested. =P

On the downside, Kate does have a --name arg, but it doesn't seem to work. If that functions, this should work with Kate (and i'll be in heaven ;)

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psychollek

14 years ago

i've done it something about 2-3 weeks ago - while trying to make it like quaqe-console in fvwm-crystal - alt+~ to hover-unhover a window - bu ti've managed only to make it to hover-unhjover when mouse is at the top of the screen - just as your's - but found that rather annoing than useable ;P - anyone kwos how tu make hover/unhover with dcop maby ? :]

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psychollek

14 years ago

ok, looked at kuake - exacly what was looking for :] happy :]

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theobroma

14 years ago

How do you create a Window-Specific Settings entry (in laymens terms)?

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hobbified

14 years ago

KControl. Desktop. Window-Specific Settings. New.

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andrej

14 years ago

Is this suposed to b working on KDE 3.2 ??
I'm not seeing this item in My Kontrol Center.

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jmazz

14 years ago

I had to also click "enable hover" in the advanced window features in regards to the shading.
otherwise, doing this with konsole, and I like it. thanks.

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thomas12777

14 years ago

or does it build upon kuake, or do you know kuake (dropdown/up konsole)

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