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Usable vertical panel? #157

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Amet13 opened this Issue Jan 17, 2014 · 11 comments

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@Amet13
Amet13 commented Jan 17, 2014

That's my beautiful horizontal MATE panel:
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But I have a widescreen monitor and I want use a free place for example on right.
That's my vertical panel, how to use this I don't know.
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Problems for me:
1. Gradient
2. Vertical mintmenu & clock applets
3. Fixed tray icons
4. Large windows list's icons

Any ideas? Thanks.

@dadix
dadix commented Jan 22, 2014

I have the same issue in Mate 1.4. http://s18.postimg.org/m5xo48m3t/image.png
I would like to see Applications,Places,System one above another not on the same line. and an option to resize those icons because in this configuration there are too big

@slacka
slacka commented Apr 24, 2014

5-Remove length limit on window list.

The biggest UX issue I have is that the window list can't be expanded. As a result, there is a ton of wasted space on the panel, while the icons in the window list are too small to be usable.
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@glensc
glensc commented May 21, 2014

here's some more UI horror, the panel flickers because it can't decide whether to paint 3 or 2 or 1 columns. it flickers 3-6 times a second, real horror!, screenshot kind of explains what is going on:

2014-05-21_14 05 14-panel6

@synthakai

vertical panel can have horizontal text for time/date. it already has textautorotation feature. all you need to do is to insert line breaks into /org/mate/panel/objects/clock/prefs/custom-format variable for example like this: "%Y-%m-%d%n%H:%M" to make width of the string fit your vertical panel size. see attached picture.
as for the rest of functionality I think many ideas and a lot of code can be borrowed from much more liberal lxpanel.
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@slacka
slacka commented Aug 24, 2014

@synthakai
This would be great if it worked, but with Mint 17 which uses MATE Panel 1.8.0, there is no

/org/mate/panel/objects/clock/prefs/custom-format

Doing a Ctrl-F for custom-format, doesn't turn up anything relevant.

@synthakai

strangest thing, because I am using Mint 17 and stock mate
$ apt-cache policy mate-desktop
mate-desktop: Installed: 1.8.1-0
the parameter in question has been around for generations, it was ported from gnome2 where it also worked very well.

@fraterlinux

I have the following problem. I have installed mate-panel 1.8.0 in PCLinuxOS. Upright, when I open more than 8 windows of different applications. A list of windows come in looping and wnck-applet uses 80% of cpu !!! This occurs when the panel size is between 30 and 77 pixels. Both the panel on the right or left the same problem occurs.
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@damarev
damarev commented May 6, 2015

Bug has been around since 2002: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=86382

This is a major UX issue:

  • The "window list" on a vertical panel is just unusable.
  • Nowadays widescreens are the standard.
  • From many points of view, a vertical panel is the most logical option.
@slacka
slacka commented May 6, 2015

@fraterlinux
I ran into the exact same issue with Mint 17. In issue #58 stefano-k said:

Because 1.8 uses libwnck, so you need an updated libwnck. The issue is not is mate-panel

I couldn't find any information on what version of libwnck was required or how to fix Mint, so I ended up downgrading to Mint 16.

@stefano-k

Could you provide any more info to help Mint and now PCLinuxOS users? Are you sure it's not a mate-panel issue as symptoms are identical to how the old mate-panel used to behave?

@Taknamay

Have you considered implementing #144 for this issue? I think it would fix the window list situation.

@kafran
kafran commented Apr 22, 2016

state_of_the_art = True if mate-panel == xfce-panel + lxpanel else False

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