KDE 4: Plasma drag&drop, Digikam multiple storages

Plasma drag&drop, Digikam multiple storages
KDE 4 will be released in the next months, and most of the developers focus on polishing. At the same time, the big 3rd party KDE applications are ported to KDE 4.

Plasma drag&drop

During the Plasma development Aaron Seigo mentioned that the final version of Plasma will allow it to the user to drag&drop Plasmoids between the “task bar” and the desktop. While the coding style for such applets was already available the actual implementation was still missing in Plasma’s task bar. This changed now:

Yesterday, Aaron landed a series of larger changes in plasma, making it possible to drag applets onto the panel.

So in he future there will be no difference between Plasmoids on your desktop and Plasmoids on your task bar. You can drag&drop them from one to another, and will even take over a design to fit the new environment (actually I’m not sure if all Plasmoids will support this or only these which provide a design for both environments).
While this might not make that much sense for big Plasmoids like image viewers it makes a lot of sense for clocks, feed readers, commit readers, etc.

Digikam multiple storages

KDE 4 is a project which tries to provide a fertile ground to other, 3rd party developers. Therefore the adoption of KDE 4 by these developers is important and also shows if KDE is proceeding in the right direction.
Digikam is one of these 3rd party programs which are ported to KDE 4 now. It progresses well, and recently added an important new feature: multiple storage places. With the KDE 4 release of Digikam it will be able to not only manage images in one certain place but also images on DVDs, network storages, etc.:

These collection types are able to use:

  • Local drive.
  • Remote drive (NFS/Samba) previously mounted in local file system.
  • Removable drive as CD/DVD/USB hard drive.

This makes it much easier to backup images but still manage them with Digikam.

Writing about 3rd party apps: K3B is also ported these days, but the release date is not set yet.

9 thoughts on “KDE 4: Plasma drag&drop, Digikam multiple storages”

  1. I hope it will be able to drag&drop plasma applets between multiple apps somewhere in the future…

  2. DeeJay1, is there something specific you have on your mind? Some use case or something? Atm I can’t really imagine a use case where you want to drag&drop Plasma applets, but then again, my imagination is not the best today…

  3. No offense, just want to clear this misunderstanding. The taskbar is a Plasmoid, and the thing you’re referring to is the panel. Too many confuse those two. =)

    Or maybe I’m the one who’s confused? Either way it’s great news, I’ll have to try it out immediately.

  4. I hope that Digikam, K3B, and other 3rd Party Apps start to incorporate the fish:// protocol for remote file systems. Its too nice *not* to use it all of the time!

  5. Hans, you’re of course right. When I wrote it I knew that there was something not totally right, but couldn’t quite put my finger on.

    Either way, the problem is that most people better understand the term “taskbar” instead of “panel”:/

    lefty.crupps: Hm, when they are indeed KDE apps and built against the KDE libs they should natively support fish. If you can use fish-places as a storage backend is however another question. Which use case do you have in your mind?

  6. atomicthumbs: Yes and no. The idea is to also provide the functionality of Superkaramba. The Plasma team and the Superkaramba team worked closely together during the development.
    But Plasma also takes over other parts of the desktop – due to that reason things like the task area of the panel is a plasmoid as well. And the workplace switcher is also a Plasmoid.

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