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Smaragd is a window decoration engine for the KDE window manager KWin. It allows you to use Emerald theme files (from Compiz/Beryl) with KDE's Plasma 5 or KDE SC 4.

Please read on before writing bug reports!

Installation and Usage
* You have to compile from source, needs cairo, glib2 and KDecoration2 or kdebase-workspace development headers (see INSTALL file)
* Restart KWin when you had a previous version installed
* The *.emerald theme file has to be extracted to $HOME/.emerald/theme (make sure the file $HOME/.emerald/theme/theme.ini exists)
* You can also use the original Emerald theme manager to install and modify themes, but it is not needed for running
* There are over 1800 themes available, browse them on https://store.kde.org/browse/cat/117

Known Bugs
* Shadow offsets are broken
* No theme installation/configuration dialog

Smaragd is developed in KDE's git repository, see https://cgit.kde.org/smaragd.git/
Last changelog:

0.1.1 1 year ago

* fix crash when closing windows

zinjanthr0pus

2 months ago

Just in case it helps anyone, I was able to get this to work with Plasma 5.13 in openSUSE Tumbleweed. One of the dependencies listed in the installation instructions appears to be outdated. It is kdebase-workspace (kdebase4-workspace-devel in the repositories). I was able to install it using systemsettings5-devel instead. I might have had to force it or something. I don't quite remember.
Also, I'm really glad someone made this plugin, emerald themes are way easier to tweak than aurorae themes, so this allowed me to get a much nicer looking window decoration that I otherwise would have. My only complaint is that fullscreen windows look janky. To be fair this also seems to be true of the majority of aurorae themes that I tried as well, though in a different way. Oh I guess it would also be nice if this plugin supported text outlines like emerald. That would look really nice with my current window decorations

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skulptor

2 months ago

... or simply install "kwin-smaragd" from "KDE:Extra" repository.

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zinjanthr0pus

2 months ago

I did not know of this KDE:Extra repository. Damn, now I feel dumb.

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sentry812

2 months ago

Hi,
I had to find online commands to install smaragd in a slightly different way, but my problem is that the $HOME/.emerald/theme directory does not exist at all, so I have nowhere to extract my uncompressed emerald file. Help?

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zinjanthr0pus

2 months ago

This might be a stupid question, but have you tried "mkdir $HOME/.emerald/theme"?

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zinjanthr0pus

2 months ago

Or just installing the emerald theme manager. That's how I'm doing it (but I also have all of compiz reloaded installed)

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introlinux

1 year ago

I have compiled and installed Smaragd and my .emerald theme ready, but nothing appears in window decorations. I'm in Kde Neon 5.10.

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stalin2000

1 year ago

Hi, thanks for Smaragd! Will there be a update for KDE5. That would be truely wonderful!

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cinnamoner

1 year ago

@skulptor Excellent.

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Moony

3 years ago

Can you port this to work with KDE5 / qt5?

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skulptor

3 years ago

I am still on KDE4, and not sure when I will switch. Right now, there are too many bugs, especially with decoration settings.

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Moony

3 years ago

KDE 5 still supports Aurorae, so I've been working on a script that converts emerald themes to aurorae. I mostly have the vrunner engine working, but mapping settings between all the emerald engines and aurorae is not the easiest thing!

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yevhensayenko

4 years ago

i got error:
CMake Error: The following variables are used in this project, but they are set to NOTFOUND.
Please set them or make sure they are set and tested correctly in the CMake files:
QT_QT_INCLUDE_DIR
used as include directory in directory /home/sym/Downloads/smaragd-0.0.7/build/CMakeFiles/CMakeTmp

CMake Error: Internal CMake error, TryCompile configure of cmake failed

CMake Error at /usr/share/kde4/apps/cmake/modules/FindKDE4Internal.cmake:1311 (message):
Unable to compile a basic Qt application. Qt has not been found correctly.
Call Stack (most recent call first):
/usr/share/cmake-2.8/Modules/FindKDE4.cmake:95 (find_package)
CMakeLists.txt:9 (find_package)


-- Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!

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skulptor

4 years ago

If you compile from source, you also need the required -dev packages. Just follow the error messages.

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yevhensayenko

4 years ago

I do not understand what to do. Could you explain?

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miksedk

3 years ago

Install kdebase-workbase-dev and it compiles all the way through.

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Ubuntu88

5 years ago

...but gotta admit it is a little bit of a bother to use different emerald themes if you don't have the Emerald theme manager installed. But it isn't that much trouble to rename theme folders from theme to theme-a then theme-b to theme. ;)

Thanks! I kinda like this better than kwin-style-Dekorator!

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erngab

6 years ago

Buttons in inactive window with a strange shadow - buttons are slightly shifted to the right.
Active windows is OK

http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/1156/selection001dm.png

Regards

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erngab

6 years ago

Everything is OK
I had some problem with the size of buttons.
Thanks nice work.

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Archimedes

6 years ago

It would be great if like Oxygen, right-click on the titlebar can opt to Move Window to Group.

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TimeManx

6 years ago

The title-text is centered without taking the space occupied by the minimize/close buttons as part of the total width.
This makes the text appear a little to the left.

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erngab

6 years ago

In make I stack here
[ 86%] Generating ui_kwin_smaragd_dialog.h
/bin/sh: Syntax error: "(" unexpected
make[2]: *** [src/config/ui_kwin_smaragd_dialog.h] Error 2
make[1]: *** [src/config/CMakeFiles/kwin_smaragd_config.dir/all] Error 2
make: *** [all] Error 2
Some idea

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ozky

6 years ago

ok it solved the problem that i need to extract those .emerald files

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Phorious

6 years ago

since KDE 4.7 hasnt anymore the kwin shadows pluggin, it's necessary to use the shadows of Smaragd. You said it's buggy but it's working quit good (so far).

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skulptor

6 years ago

They are working good unless you use the Offset values to shift the shadows. I usually like them larger at the bottom, but shifting them down results in rendering errors.

The git master of the Skulpture repository has hardcoded shadows that are shifted, but it is easier here, because the Skulpture window decoration is not transparent.

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0.1.1 1 year ago

* fix crash when closing windows

0.1.0 1 year ago

* port to KDecoration2 (KWin5). Needs Plasma 5.2 or newer.

8 years ago

0.0.7 (svn version r1179589)
* Add support for themes without pixmap buttons
* Fix button glow centering

0.0.6 (svn version r1160092)
* Add button hover animation (KDE 4.4)
* Fix resizing from top border
* Fix corners in some themes (e.g. "Ordinary")

0.0.5 (svn version r1137929)
* Add option to use KWin title text colors
* Add support for customizable decoration shadows

0.0.4.svn1132360
* Fix crash with pixmap engine
* Fix crash when no theme is installed

0.0.4 (svn version r1132157)
* Fix corners with some themes
* Add support for button glow
* Improve maximized window layout
* Enable vrunner title text glow

0.0.3 (svn version r1131112)
* Detect corners for KWin shadows

0.0.2 (svn version r1129697)
* Initial release

0.0.1
* Proof of concept

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