Computer Science, Linux
By Christopher, March 10, 2011
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It’s nice that you have the feeling to discover “new features” by yourself with Tom and drnessie, but ain’t you reinventing the wheel ?
I followed your different adventures, trials about this function, but sounds like this was already documented by Irohr on october 2nd 2010, even if it was binded to a specifique key…
Ohh I meant : “even if it was NOT binded to a specific key…”
I replyed in ubuntuforums.org, because I was a bit confused. But in general my script does more than your mentioned script. It is complete dynamic, works for all resolutions,monitors,keyboard-apps… moreover it resizes your current application and also reverts it if you have finished typing. try it..
Have you try Florence? (http://florence.sourceforge.net/)
Easy to install for GNOME (I use it in Ubuntu 10.10) and has a nicer keyboard. When you touch over a textfield or textarea in any program, a small box appears inviting you to display the keyboard.
no I do not know florence. I will try it, sounds nice.
I tried Florence, but I have some difficulties:
How did you use Florence as applet or standalone app?
In applet mode I think its a bit strange to have such a huge panel?I do not understand, whats the advantage of this?
If I run florence as standalone app I does not autohide although this feature is activated.
Could you tell me more about your usage and configuration of florence?
I’ve installed Florence without options (that also means no stand alone applet). Then you can chooose to start it manually, at startup, or when you rotate the screen, etc. It’s only invoking the command in the moment / script you want. It will always add the applet in the gnome bar.
The result is that when a textarea or textfield has the focus, then the square icon (the keys) will apear next to it. If there are no textarea neither textfield (desktop, for example), the icon don’t appear.
And if you touch the icon the keyboard appear, and when you push outside it dissapear.
In any case, I will install soon the 11.04, with Unity, and I will try configurations again (I will tell you). I really think that Florence is much more nicer, and about the ugly big icon, I think it colud be easy to change looking the code a bit.
My Florence config (! means not marqued):
* Windows: !Decorated, Transparent(70%), Resizable, !Task bar, Always on top
* Behaviour: Auto hide, !move to near selected widget, intermediate icon.
Note that if you want keyboard to be transparent you need to use the compiz (the Ubuntu default is ok)
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