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Grid

Move and resize your windows to fit an imaginary grid.

Inspired by winsplit revolution http://www.winsplit-revolution.com/

Git repository http://cgit.compiz.org/compiz/plugins/grid/

Blog http://suasol.wordpress.com/category/projects/

Install

On a fresh install of ubuntu you will need to

  • install those necessary dependencies
  • clone the git repository
  • make, make install
  • enable and configure "grid"

sudo apt-get install git libtool compiz-dev compizconfig-settings-manager
git clone git://anongit.compiz.org/compiz/plugins/grid
cd grid
mkdir build; cd build
cmake ..
make
make install
ccsm (to enable and configure "grid")

To update the changes when changes are committed to the repository

cd grid
git pull
make
make install

Bugs / Enhancements

  • For some reason when i'm resizing the windows it never reaches the real bottom part of the screen, there always is a gap between the taskbar and the window itself (ie. On my Dell 2407 external monitor @ 1920x1200 resolution, the plugin appears to underestimate the desktop height slightly. On every command, the resized window is about 50 pixels short: That is, the move location is correct, but the vertical resize is just slightly short in every location. http://forum.compiz-fusion.org/showpost.php?s=6377310b9edb2af908a04df2e608307f&p=66531&postcount=16). FIXED in latest git

  • "Put center, top, bottom" does not have 66% nor 50% size (only 33% and 100%). That's by design - if the center used those sizes, they would not tile with windows on the edges.

  • If I go to a new desktop and use one of the "move window" keys, the window is brought from its desktop to the new current one.
    • I can't reproduce this, can you give a more complete repro please? Perhaps you have some unusual focus setting enabled?
      • This happens to me too, but only in the case where the new desktop has no current windows. 1) Bring a window ("W") to the foreground on the current desktop. 2) Change to an empty desktop. 3) Use a "window resize" key combo. Window W is brought to current desktop (and properly resized.)
  • After enabling grid, sometimes windows won't "redraw" until you unmaximize or move them. :-(

Ideas

  • Make the grid size reconfigurable instead of the fixed 33%,50%,66% sizes (ie. Maybe an even better option is to retain the 2x3 grid, but allow the user to specify how big the grid blocks are.)
  • Perhaps assign a layout per workspace or hotkey to switch between grid sizes
  • Keyboard shortcuts to switch focus based on window position
  • In addition to the horizontal 1/2 and 2/3 cycle, it would be great to have a vertical 1/3 and 2/3 cycle. -- Unfortunately that gives a cycle of length 9 when combined with the horizontal cycle. Unless you can think of better shortcut keys.
  • Have a way to "group" 2 (or more?) windows (and horizontally organize this group). Concrete example : i like to have 66% of my screen occupied by Firefox and then 33% split in 2 for skype+pidgin contact lists (all of these windows full height).
  • Sticky windows - adjacent windows to the one being tiled get resized along with the current one. We would need some way to toggle stickyness to allow a 2x1 layout to be changed into a 3x1
  • Original Size (KP5 cycle). Sometimes when you open an application, it has a "typical" size to match the look and feel of the app. For certain circumstances, one might want to use grid to tile it for a brief period of time. It would be useful if grid could remember all windows "start size & position". Makes sense to be a toggle of the KP5 cycle.

  • Laptop Keyboard without numberblock - I use grid on my laptop without a numberblock (and I can only assume that KP means numberblock). I overwrote the shortcuts simulating a numberblock with the letter K in the middle. Any chance you could make an alternativ and intuitive default for laptop-keyboards?

Notes

  • Drag-to-edge capabilities and additional 'grid cycles' (1/5 instead of 1/3) were added in the 0.9.x version of grid. This functionality does not exist in the 0.8.x version.

Plugins/Grid (last edited 2012-07-29 06:03:32 by Soreau)