xfdashboard 0.4.0 Xfce GNOME shell dashboard released

xfdashboard 0.4.0 recently released, provides a GNOME shell dashboard like interface for use with Xfce desktop. It can be configured to run to any keyboard shortcut and when executed provides an overview of applications currently open enabling the user to switch between different applications. The search feature works like Xfce’s app finder which makes it convenient to search for and start applications.

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xfdashboard 0.4.0 changelog

  • New features: Effects. The theme description file can have a new line “Effects=…” with a semi-colon separated list of XML files describing the effects. Each effects must have a unique ID
  • New feature: Workaround for minimized window to get the window content which is displayed in windows view. This workaround is turned off by default.
  • New feature: CSS parser was improved to allow defining constant variables, to use built-in functions for color or file operations and a command @import() to include external CSS resources
  • New feature: A theme can now style how to draw mininized or unmapped window. These new properties in XfdashboardLiveWindows are prefixed with “unmapped-window-icon-“
  • New feature: A new layout manager called XfdashboardBoxLayout which is derived from ClutterBoxLayout and inherits all functions and properties. It only disregards text direction settings to enforce a horizontal left-to-right layout of its children always.
  • New feature: Implemented configurable key-bindings. So there are no more hard-coded keys in xfdashboard anymore, except for ESC to clear search-box and quitting application.
  • New feature: Allow changing theme at run-time by modifying the xfconf property “/theme”. As soon as this value changes the new theme is applied. Sadly this also breaks current theme API.
  • New feature: Implemented a settings application which can be executed as a standalone application or via Xfce’s settings manager. The settings application allows to modify nearly all settings which were only accessible with xfconf-query or Xfce’s settings editor previously
  • New feature: Added command-line parameter “–restart” to application to allow replacing a running daemon instance
  • New feature: Implemented multi-monitor support. This also added a new interface ID “secondary” to themes which specifies how the stage for non-primary monitors looks like
  • New themes: Thanks to lacios a bunch of new themes are added.
  • See release notes for full release details including fixes

Install xfdashboard 0.4.0 on Xubuntu OS

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/extras

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install xfdashboard
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