Friday, 2 March 2007


I've been quite busy recently, but have still managed to do some hacking, so heres some updates:

  • Awn svn compiles on < gtk+-2.10 :).
  • Lots of small fixes, most should be committed tomorrow.
  • Working on support for notifications above the task.
  • Working on support for adding menu items to a tasks pop-up menu.
Also, I'd just like to point you to a whole bunch of plugins using the DBus backend on our wiki. I have also just used the Gaim plugin which on the wiki, and I have to say, its amazing. Speaking to the author, I know that he is determined to get rid of the need for the gaim-systray plugin, so expect some cool stuff!

libtracker-gtk has now committed into tracker svn :), so if you want to include tracker support in your application, be sure to let John Stowers or myself know if there is anything you'd like to see in there to make your life easier!
I have been working on polishing up the metadata-tile & tag bar, and while I was at it, I made this:

Hopefully, if I can fix the little problems that it has, it will be in libtracker-gtk before the next release + it can be the default view when you start tracker-search-tool. Speaking of tracker-search-tool, I added support for D&D-ing emails to the desktop and nautilus. They are basically desktop files which will open evolution viewer :
Anyway, that's it for now, if everything goes to plan, expect some cool stuff tomorrow ;)!


Anonymous said...

I took awn for a spin, and I definitely like what you achieved. There are a few things that may be worth polishing up:

* Animations are very unnatural, linear. The bouncing is especially bad. Overall the resizing could be sped up at least 2x.

* Too many things to configure. Every aspect of the gradient is probably not something you want to expose in the preferences. At least not in a gnome app :)

But overall a very nice app I'm still running 48 hours after checkout :)

WadeMealing said...

I spent some time writing a tag cloud widget in python for an application i was writing.

I used it for a few days, and it began to annoy me. How is it working out for you ?

Anonymous said...

unrelated question : what font are you using on your desktop? (ie: where it says "Re: Hey").

Thanks :)

Neil J. Patel said...

@anon: Thanks for the input :). I will work on the animations again after getting 0.2 out of the door, I know they need polish :). Regarding the options, well, one of the things that I wanted was for users to make it fit 'exactly' into their DE, so options are important, however, I know that I can make it easier for new users if I tweak the prefs dialog a bit, so expect that soon!

@wademealing: Lol, annoy you? I have been mostly testing it, so it hasn't annoyed me yet. Also, keep in mind that this is not a standalone widget, it would serve best as an applet, or as mentioned, on the start page in a search window :).

@anon : Zekton found here : http://www.gnome-look. org/content/show.php?content=50553

Simone said...

Hi Neil! I appreciate your work with tracker very much. Usually I use it to search for my favourite playlist (i search every m3u file on the hd) and then I drag and drop the selected file into totem. Perhaps, in this way I need to open tracker search and totem, so I'd like to have the capacity to make my playlists's search (also by tags, for example) into totem. Is it possible?

Neil J. Patel said...

@Simone : Thanks! I am working on something like what you are asking for. Basically a GtkTreeView widget that an application can include, and set it to search for a term. I also want the app to be able to add filters, so Totem can add a filter for Music/Video only. I will hoepfully have some working code this weekend, or early next week. Then you can bug the totem developers :).

Fredp said...

Is it planned any python-libtracker-gtk or so? :)

drShop said...

WooW =)