JAN
27
2002

KDE Icon Chatter

As MacOS X, and arguably, GNOME, have shown, many people love photorealistic icons despite the theoretical trade-offs with usability. So if you've ever wondered about the philosophy behind KDE's default icons, you might want to read Torsten Rahn's recent article on the matter.

DEC
31
2001

Mosfet Contributes Code to KDE (Again)

Many in the KDE community are aware of some rocky history between
KDE hacker Mosfet and other KDE developers.
Fortunately, it looks like things have taken a great turn for the better:
Mosfet wrote in to tell us that "I've decided to donate 20 effects I ported to KDE/Qt
for PixiePlus to KDE3
".
Waldo Bastian promptly

OCT
9
2001

KDE-Look.org: EyeCandy for your KDE Desktop

APR
27
2001

Mosfet.Org: New MegaGradient Widget Style

Mosfet took the pre- and circa- KDE2 world by storm not so long ago. His fingerprints are all over many of the styles, themes, window decorations as well as much of the KDE2 we are familiar with today. He churned out thousands of lines of code accompanied by slick screenshot after slick screenshot.

APR
22
2001

Advanced Theming Tutorial: Programming in *Style

Last week, we posted a story on a theme tutorial sponsored by IBM developerWorks. The tutorial was targeted at non-programmers who wish to theme window decorations, icons, sounds, colors, etc.

MAR
16
2001

KuickShow for KDE 2.1

Many of you have been waiting for this one. Carsten Pfeiffer wrote in to tell us about the first release of KuickShow since KDE 1.1.2 in July 1999. KuickShow is a nice image viewer based on Rasterman's Imlib, and in case you don't remember, the killer feature of KuickShow was its blazing speed.

FEB
17
2001

Transparency here, transparency there....

For the last couple days, I've been working on making things transparent in KDE. This is pretty easy to do, but time consuming. Most notable success so far is with Konqueror. Next up, ksirc, and hopefully kicker. This code cannot go into 2.1, since we are in a feature freeze, but the following version of KDE should be quite transparent! [Ed: Also check out the transparency screenshots for Kasbar TNG.

DEC
10
2000

kde.themes.org Needs Your Help!

Have you noticed that kde.themes.org has not been as active as everything else in the kde world? Apparently, they need some help to maintain the site. If you have "intimate knowledge of the KDE theme system" then you may be the person for the job. If you're interested, email cjr and ElCoronel.

NOV
21
2000

Kimageshop Has New Lease on Life as Krayon

John Califf wrote in to tell us that, "Krayon (also known as Kimageshop) is alive and well and under active development now." Read below about the status of this important KOffice component. Has anyone used it lately? What features are most important to add/get working before Krayon is distributed with KOffice?

 

OCT
11
2000

Alpha Blending for KDE?

From Rik Hemsley: "I hacked KIconLoader to allow me to get a QImage instead of a QPixmap, which was quite easy, because it uses QImage internally and only converts to QPixmap just before returning a processed pic. I also wrote a very fast blend function that takes 2 QImages and blends the first over the second, honouring the alpha channel. I couldn't find anything in Qt or KDE to do this, so I had to hand-roll it.

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