Activity Switching Effect

Kwin Effects

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A simple effect that animates the windows when the user switches activities.

It animates only the windows that should be shown in the new activity. The old windows just disappear.


5 months ago

How do I activate this? I installed it from Discover but I don't see on the list of desktop effects. Switching activities doesn't seem to look any dfifferent.



4 years ago

Works nice! Also it's great, that during animation is seen wallpaper, helps to recognize which activity it is. Thanks!



5 years ago

This looks great, and it fills a major gap in KWin's repertoire. A couple small nitpicks if you don't mind:
1) Is it possible to add any configuration? It'd be nice to be able to set the duration of the effect (and even nicer if we could change the effect from a zoom to a simple crossfade or slide perhaps).
2) When switching activities, the wallpaper of the newly selected activity is briefly visible as the windows on that activity zoom in. That's fine, and I'm guessing it's the desired effect so as to serve as a quick reminder of which activity you're on, but it's not always consistent. A lot of times, the wallpaper of the activity I'm switching from will be shown instead. Is there any way to fix this?
Aside from those minor issues, this is pretty much perfect. Thanks, and keep it up!


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updated Jun 08 2013
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