After two years of development the launch of the new version of the panel Latte Dock 0.10, And it is that this new version of Latte comes with a large number of updates, changes and especially with new features of which we can find improvements in the dialogues, as well as support to be able to move, copy and paste docks and panels, among other things more.
For those who are unfamiliar with Latte Dock, they should know that this is a Dock that offers a elegant and simple solution to manage tasks and plasmoids. Including the effect of parabolic surge on macOS-style icons or the Plank panel. Besides that it also supports the parabolic effect of the macOS style icons or the Plank bar. The Latte panel is built on the KDE Frameworks framework and the Qt library. Integration with the KDE Plasma desktop is supported.
The project was founded as a result of the fusion of similar panels: Now Dock and Candil Dock. After unification, the developers tried to combine the proposed principle in Candil of forming a separate panel, working separately from Plasma Shell with quality interface design and Now Kneck using only KDE and Plasma libraries with no third-party dependencies.
The Latte panel is based on the KDE Plasma framework and requires Plasma 5.12, KDE Frameworks 5.38 and Qt 5.9 or newer versions to work. The project code is distributed under the GPLv2 license.
Main new features of Latte Dock 0.10
In this new version that is presented of Latte Dock we can find many changes in relation to its previous version (Latte Dock 0.9), but one of those that stands out the most and that is perhaps the most important novelty of this version is the support for floating docks and also panels that you can move to any part of the screen, as well as the support for multiple docks and panels on the very edge of the screen, as well as Support for multiple Latte tasks on the same panel or base.
Another of the changes that stands out in this new version of Latte Dock 0.10 is the added support so that in the panels can be moved, pasted and copied items via clipboard, in addition to that support for pop-up panels has also been added.
On the other hand, the developers emphasize that the layout of all dialog boxes was changed to control the location of items on the dashboard, with which the user has the opportunity to define his own color scheme for each panel design.
Also the transfer of information about the geometry was provided from the Latte Dock panels to the Plasma desktop, as well as the transfer of the data on the visible area to the window managers that support GTK_FRAME_EXTENTS for the correct positioning of the windows.
In addition, a built-in dialog for loading and adding widgets (Widget Explorer) has been added, which can be used in non-KDE environments, including GNOME, Cinnamon, and Xfce. As well as the ability to export paneled element layout and use dashboards as templates to recreate the same form for other users.
Of the other changes that stand out from this new version:
- Added the ability to adjust the fillet radius of panel corners and determine the size of the panel shadow.
- 10 panel visibility modes are offered.
- New way for side panels to appear as requested, in which the panel appears and disappears only after user action with applets, scripts or external shortcuts.
- Support for placing multiple Latte Tasks applets on one panel.
- Added a new alignment mode for applets in the panel.
- The parabolic effect of classifying applets in the panel has been implemented.
- Support for KDE Plasma border area separators (MarginsAreaSeparators) to allow smaller widgets.
Finally, if you are interested in being able to know more about it, you can consult the details in the following link. While for those who are interested in being able to obtain this new version, they can do so from this link.