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Posts Tagged ‘kde’

Showing your activity: a plasma widget hack

I like activities. However there are a couple gripes I have with its implementation. The first is how to switch from one activity to another. Apparently there are at least 7 ways to switch activities already, but all of them fail to simultaneously satisfy two criteria: 1) Being accessible via a keyboard shortcut and 2) […]

Tech tip #11: How to have animated wallpapers in KDE

I’ve seen many people asking how to have animated wallpapers in KDE. The current options include specialised Plasma Widgets, or the rather limited yet specialised array of animated effects, such as desktop globe, seasonal change, or virus simulations. Unfortunately there isn’t a native way to accomplish this, but KDE being KDE, there’s always a workaround. […]

GetKDE.org – the workspace, and what’s going on.

Some updates. Both for newcomers to GetKDE.org and those who have seen this project before, see the homepage, the explore page, and then finally, the page I’m writing about. Homepage has been updated too: And explore page updated too. Hope you like it. I have to apologise for only having the time to work on […]

GetKDE.org progress – Discover KDE!

For the impatient, here is a link to the new page, and for those who missed the last post, here is a link to the GetKDE.org homepage. Finally, here is a screenshot of the newly added Explore page: The homepage of GetKDE is essentially a hub with a teaser. The site structure itself is split […]

What’s up with KDE.org & Hello GetKDE.org

It’s been a while since I last posted about KDE.org, aka the KDE-www war series. It talked about the current KDE.org design, and how to improve it. The series started with target audiences and conversion goals, picked apart and restructured the sitemap, revealed an initial design proposal with clear-cut priorities, and finally analysed the effectiveness […]

The kde-www war: part 4

A brief history lesson. The introduction identifies KDE.org as a wall of text with a pretty frame and explains why there is a problem. Part 1 sets conversion goals on our two target markets. Part 2 restructures the sitemap to make sense. Part 3 dabbles a bit on concluding the design criteria for the homepage, […]

The kde-www war: part 3

Just a quick history lesson. In the introductory post we highlighted several tell-tale symptoms that KDE.org had a very big usability and design problem. In part 1 of the war, we discussed a back-to-basics question what are we trying to communicate, what are we trying to achieve, and outlined goals for our various target audiences. […]

The kde-www war: part 2

Before I begin this (delayed) post, I would like to reemphasize that a sub-agenda for these blog posts is to raise community-awareness about design issues in KDE. The website is certainly not the only area where there are design flaws, and I was very happy to read over my Christmas holiday a couple a blog […]

The kde-www war: part 1

In my initial post, I talked about the wall of text. I described some of the symptoms of the wall of text, and proclaimed that kde.org is terrible. I listed some of the basics of cleaning up text, and gathered some information about the “why” of kde.org. Unfortunately, KDE.org is representative of a very large […]

WIPUP 24.11.10b released!

For the uninitiated, WIPUP is a way to share, critique, and track projects. Or more specifically, works-in-progresses. Us in the open-source community are constantly working on things, and being open-source, we like to share them. WIPUP was specifically built and tailored towards sharing works-in-progresses – ranging from a twitter-like update, to a fully formatted document […]

Help KDE.org defeat the wall of text.

Everybody knows that effective design is very important to any succesful interface – be it an application, a website, a product, or a physical structure. There are lots of reasons behind this, but the one I’m going to talk about today is how design combats the most dreaded wall of text, of which KDE.org is […]

Design, photography, and servers.

It’s been a hectic few days. First off, I was pleasantly surprised to read on the KDE dot news that the KPresenter template contest winners were announced. I was very happy to hear that my submission had been chosen for 1st place! Here’s a picture for those too lazy to click. Secondly, I’ve been learning […]

Application design polish.

Free software is great. Everybody loves free stuff. However there’s one common flaw experienced by a lot of free software – they look ugly. The reason behind this isn’t because we have too many programmers (yes, we know you never have enough programmers) and have too little artists – no, the problem is a lot […]

Hello 4.5, hello ThoughtScore.

KDE 4.5 is out! (Yes, I am a little late) I was really happy to have contributed just that little bit to this release and hopefully that trend continues. Just wanted to say how much I appreciated this DE and to congratulate and thank everybody for their hard work. Something else that could be interesting […]

More do, less talk.

I’ve been a busy little bee these few days – you didn’t think WIPUP’s beta release would slow me down eh? Unfortunately for you folks, I like to strike a balance between doing and talking – sure, more talking and doing doesn’t see any results soon, but more do and less talk is just plain […]

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