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Old 5th May 2008
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Default OSX expose-like effects with skippy or kompose

Many of You know Mac OS X great Expose feature:

Also Beryl/XGL can do something like that:

But there are also two small apps that can give You similar functionality without whole XGL, they are skippy [skippy-xd] and kompose. Also expocity can do that [unofficial patch for metacity] but it is abandonned i thnik.


skippy: http://thegraveyard.org/skippy.php
kompose: http://kompose.berlios.de/

skippy is just a regular stand alone app, kompose is a KDE extension, but as You can see it can work with fluxbox nicely. It will also work nice with any other NetWM or GnomeWM compilant window manager. skippy-xd is skippy with support for XRender, XComposite, XDamage and XFixes X11 extensions, so You will be able to see movie playing live while running skippy-xd, the same as with XGL.

here several screenshots:
1. default-desktop
2. skippy
3. kompose
4. kompose-config

my skippy config:
% cat ~/.skippyrc
keysym = F11
distance = 20
useNETWMFullscreen = true
ignoreSkipTaskbar = false

showAll = false

brightness = 0.0
tint = white
opacity = 160
border = white

brightness = 0.10
tint = #ffbb88
opacity = 220
border = #8822dd

show = true
border = black
background = #dd8822
text = black
font =  New Dr. Yoshiabibi-16
kompose is KDE app so there is no special configuration for it, just standart window with options: kompose-config.
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