4.6.95 (4.7-rc2)

Duncan 1i5t5.duncan at cox.net
Fri Jul 22 09:41:11 BST 2011

Duncan posted on Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:48:52 +0000 as excerpted:

> Seems kde4 is now stable enough I can start trying the pre-releases.  I
> decided to start cautiously with 4.7, and only installed the last rc
> before full release later this month.

WOW!  Just noticed a *BIG* change in window rules (I guess I hadn't tried 
editing them with 4.6.95/4.7-rc2 yet).

I /think/ it's quite for the better, but I was used to the old way and 
thus will have to explore and digest and get used to the changes before I 
decide for sure.

They've reduced the number of tabs and changed the option layout and 
wording, combining the first two tabs that configured the window matching 
into one and making the descriptions clearer.  Each tab layout has 
similar functionality grouped for clarity (example, horizontal and vertial 
maximized options are grouped together), and the options (like 
maximization) that used to have two checkboxes, one to the left for 
activation and one to the right controlling the boolean (maximized or not 
in this example), now have what used to be a single checkbox for the 
boolean, now set out as two radio-buttons labeled yes and no.  That's FAR 
more intuitive and clear than the 4.6 and previous layout.

The two ignore/strictly-obey "geometry" options now have tooltips 
explaining what they actually do, for anyone not familiar with 
traditional X geometry (I'm familiar with the basic idea, but didn't 
understand the nuances of how these options affected it).

There's also a new "block compositing" option, a nice addition to the per-
window rules indeed. =:^)

Oh, and individual window grouping rules can now be configured here, as 
well. =:^)

I actually use the window rules feature pretty heavily, already having 
quite a number of specific app and/or window rules setup.  So I was quite 
used to the old layout and it'll take me some time to get used to the new 
one, indeed.  But already it looks like it should be far easier to 
understand initially, the new layout and clearer options look nice, 
reducing the two window matching tabs to one is a VERY good idea, and I 
agree, this was the right place to put the window grouping and composite-
block options.

So anyone running 4.7-rc2, if you've use this feature and haven't checked 
it out on 4.7 yet, try it. =:^)  And anyone not running the 4.7 
prereleases, if you use this feature, be sure and check it when you get 
4.7 installed.  It will indeed take some getting used to if you were 
familiar with the old layout, but I'm already quite warming to the 
changes, here.  =:^)

Now to go play with it some more! =:^)

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