v61: new release available introducing support for GNOME Shell 3.26

A new version of Dash to Dock (v61) is available, introducing support for GNOME Shell 3.26. And some Ubuntu related news.

This release provide support for the upcoming GNOME Shell 3.26, just ahead of its official release, and maintains support to previous versions back to GNOME Shell 3.18. Moreover, there are a bunch of Ubuntu related stuff going on. Let’s look at them.

Dash to dock and Ubuntu - collaboration

As you might already know, Dash to Dock will be used as part of the new GNOME Shell based interface of the upcoming Ubuntu release, as shown in the screnshot below.

Unity launcher style

What will be included in Ubuntu is a full Dash to Dock, preconfigured according to the Ubuntu style, but with most settings not exposed. I’d like to remark that it is not a fork but an upstream collaboration with the Ubuntu Desktop team. Users will be able to install Dash to Dock to get access to the additional configurability, or chose the additional layer of quality assurance provided by the Ubuntu distribution.

Nothing changes for Dash to Dock users, but it is a good news, as the project will benefit from the additional users, with new ideas, more testing, and new contributors (contributions from the Ubuntu Desktop team are already coming).

New feature: Unity7 styled launchers

This was actually not driven by the Ubuntu team, but instead an independent effort by Sven Hagemann who proposed and implemented the feature, which was then refined with help from Franglais125. Applications launchers can optionally have a glossy finish with a background following to the dominant colour of the apllication icon, as shown in the screenshot below.

Unity launcher style

It will please “nostalgic” Unity users, and by those that appreciate the addition of a little bit of colour to their desktop.

Additional changes

The shortcuts behaviour has been tweaked slightly. The <Super>1-10 shortcuts are now associated to the numbers keys on the top of the keyboards only, and not to the numeric keypad ones anymore. This was motivated by avoiding colliding with other shortcuts.

As usual, the extension can be obtained from the extension website (upon review), or downloaded manually from the release page. See the alternative installation methods for instructions.

Release notes (v61)

  • Introduce GNOME Shell 3.26 support [44ed947e, 1e46e472, b91fa4fc, 87f46c7c].
  • New feature: add glossy coloured (Ubuntu Unity like) launchers [Sven Hagemann: fe6dde50, 5533316b, 829d3982; franglais125: 89861fbb, eb832c34].
  • Tweak shortcuts: remove keypad hotkeys (maintain top row keys shortcuts) [franglais125: 979b443f]
  • Update Russian, Czech, Japanese, French, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Spanish [vantu5z: 8f4d78d6, e254b3d0; Pavel: 5928947b; Debonne Hooties: 2a44c38f; seb128: 184b150e; shlinux: 5d4029b7; Filippo Berto: 04bb0a90; Adolfo Jayme Barrientos: 6fb7327c].

v60: new release available

A new version of Dash to Dock (v60) is available, introducing a dedicated windows thumbnails popup menu and monitor isolation. This release supports all recent of GNOME Shell releases (3.18, 3.20, 3.22 and 3.24)

The most notable feature introduced in this release, thanks to the work of Franglais125 and inspired by the dash-to-panel project, is an optional popupmenu showing the thumbnails preview of the open windows.

Windows thumbnails were already available inside the default launcher menu (right click menu), but a new dedicated popup menu more easily accessible has been now introduced.

Windows thumbnails popup menu

The thumnbails menu can be associated to any of the available click options (but not to the mouseover yet).

Additionally, when using multi-monitor docks, it is now possible to show only the applications of each individual monitor (isolate monitor option). Further fixes and translations updates, are listed in the release notes below.

As usual, the extension can be obtained from the extension website, or downloaded manually from the release page. See the alternative installation methods for instructions.

Release notes (v60)

  • New feature: implement windows thumbnails popup menu [franglais125: c7108993, 9a4e2f5d, 31fb0597, 3c9f7f3b].
  • New feature: implement monitor isolation for multi-monitor dock [franglais125: 93c5a7a9, 503b0081].
  • Bugfix: Fix mouse trapped in monitor with fullscreen windows [fcbfccf9].
  • Fix regression with click options [franglais125: 877cbd98].
  • Tweak click action behaviour [5003841b, 7bd08718].
  • Improve translations machinery [franglais125: 3fd4bdc9].
  • Improve extension inter-compatibility [passingthru67: 4c9480a4]
  • Update German translation [Christian González: 28d765a2].

v59: new release available with improved multimonitor support

A new version of Dash to Dock (v59) is available, introducing the possibility of showing the dock on all monitors. This relase supports all recent of GNOME Shell releases (3.18, 3.20, 3.22 and 3.24)

The most notable feature introduced in this release, thanks to the work of Franglais125, is the possibility of displaying the dock on all available screens. At the moment no strange combinations of dock positions are supported: the dock is replicated on each available screen.

New multimonitor setttings

An additional click action was also introduced thanks to Bertrand Chauvin. With the option “miminize or overview”, the overview is shown when more than one windows for the selected application is present.

Further fixes and translations updates, including a solution for a problem with the settings which have affected quite a few people, are listed in the release notes below:

As usual, the extension can be obtained from the extension website, or downloaded manually from the release page. See the alternative installation methods for instructions.

Where’s version 58?

Due to the (insane) way in which the extension version tracks the uploads to the extension website, v58 included a major regression preventing to open the settings panel, and has been therefore deactivated.

Release notes (v58/v59)

  • New feature: Improve multimonitor support, with an option to show the dock on all monitors [Franglais125].
  • New feature: Add minimize or overview click action [Bertrand Chauvin: 2102c77c].
  • Fix bug in adjustPanelCorners [ef2a53cd].
  • Fix HiDPI sopport for AppIcons shortcuts labels: consider scale factor [1144a398].
  • Keep legacyTray above the dock [b9649137].
  • “Fix regression preventing the opening og the settings panel [franglais125: 9350417f]
  • Fix Translations of appicon popupmenus [51db80ab]
  • Update French, Spanish and Italian translations.
  • Add Greek translation [Δημήτριος-Ρωμανός Ησαΐας: c08f1239]. Update Spanish [franglais125: 9eec8d98, 47f27fbd, e11ba1f4], French [Bertrand Chauvin: abfe5dff, 612b6759, 5f928665; franglais125: e11ba1f4], Brazilian Portuguese [Fábio Nogueira: 0dec550c, 0a3b9346], Italian [Giuseppe PIgnataro: 387501e9; 59f8d36d], Hungarian [Balázs Úr, 4407bec6] Polish [Piotr Sokół:, bfa646a2], and Russian translations [vantu5z: f140a140, 6a76c7e7].

Problem opening settings in Ubuntu 17.04

With the announcement of Ubuntu dropping the Unity desktop in favor of upstream GNOME, plenty of people are trying GNOME Shell and Dash to Dock. A number of people are experiencing a problem preventing them from opening the preferences dialog to access the settings. This can be fixed by the simple installation of the missing packages.

The following is the error that has been reported multiple times. I copy it here hoping for search engines crawlers to add it to their indexes.

Error: Requiring Clutter, version none: Typelib file for namespace 'Clutter' (any version) no

Stack trace:
  @/home/steam/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/dash-to-dock@micxgx.gmail.com/convenience.js:8:7
  @/home/steam/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/dash-to-dock@micxgx.gmail.com/prefs.js:17:7
  Application<._getExtensionPrefsModule@resource:///org/gnome/shell/extensionPrefs/main.js:74:13
  wrapper@resource:///org/gnome/gjs/modules/lang.js:178:22
  Application<._selectExtension@resource:///org/gnome/shell/extensionPrefs/main.js:89:31
  wrapper@resource:///org/gnome/gjs/modules/lang.js:178:22
  Application<._onCommandLine@resource:///org/gnome/shell/extensionPrefs/main.js:243:17
  wrapper@resource:///org/gnome/gjs/modules/lang.js:178:22
  main@resource:///org/gnome/shell/extensionPrefs/main.js:399:5
  @<main>:1:49

It turns out for some reason not all required dependencies are being installed in Ubuntu, when manually installing GNOME shell or upon update to Ubuntu 17.04. The problem can be solved by simply installing some Clutter packages (gir1.2-clutter-1.0). The following terminal command should be enough:

sudo apt-get install gir1.2-clutter-1.0

If you are still experiencing the problem, feel free to file a bug on GitHub. Enjoy GNOME Shell, enjoy Dash to Dock!

v57: new release available supporting GNOME 3.24

A new version of Dash to Dock (v57) is available, introducing support for GNOME Shell 3.24, as well as supporting GNOME Shell 3.18, 3.20 and 3.22. This release a couple of new features and improvements and the usual bugfixes.

Number overlays for keyboard shortcuts

The major feature of this release is the implementation of number overlays on the dock launchers. These are shown when the keyboard shortcut which were introduce in the previous release is activated (<Super>1..<Super>0) to provide feedback to the triggered shortcut, and with a dedicated and customizable keyboard shortcut (have a look at the settings).

Number overlays functionality

Additional bug-fixes and improvements are listed below in the release notes.

As usual, the extension can be installed from the extension website, or downloaded manually from the release page. See the alternative installation methods for instructions.

Release notes

  • Add GNOME Shell 3.125 support [Janez Troha: 97f6a0bb]
  • Implement number overlay for the icons for hotkeys [franglais125: 578481c1, 73f5c147, 1781a3f7, def86c47, 04e64ca5, 0aa48a1a, 578481c1]
  • Fix bug with autohide sensitive area interfering with the Activities hotcorner [393c4acc, 0f2fa2fd, bb271989]
  • Update Hungarian, Spanish,[Romhányi Viktor: 9c232f3d, Hugo Olabera: 0cbea131]
  • Fix bug with certain fullscreen application [a1f63c70, 1af73c03]
  • Fix bug with application overview panel when show-apps animation is disabled [franglais125, jderose9: 51b709cb]
  • Add discrete GPU launch menu item [8c981726]
  • Improve new window opening actions for single-window application (activate applicatoin instead) and certain applications (e.g. Nautilus) [168e7eb4, f415fa86, a69c77cf, 85b89b4b]
  • ScrollCycleWindows: never open new windows [a168e2f5]