v63: new release available introducing support for GNOME Shell 3.28

A new version of Dash to Dock (v63) supporting GNOME Shell from version 3.18 to 3.28, and introducing new launchers styles, is available.

Although a bit late, this version introduces support for recently released GNOME Shell 3.28, and also brings few fixes and improvements as well as some new launcher styles.

What’s new

New launcher styles

New launcher styles

New launcher windows indicators have been introduced. These were strongly inspired and ported from Jason DeRose’s dash-to-panel extension. Beside the indicator style, now available in dots, squares, dashes, solid, segmented, ciliora and metro styles, the color can optionally be dynamically set based on the launcher icon dominant color, for a more colorful appearance.

Minimize-or-previews launcher action

A new click action “minimize-or-previews” has been added. As the name suggests, this results in the window being minimized when clicking on a running application launcher when only one window is present, or the windows previews being showed when more than one windows is present.

How to get the new release

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 (v63)

  • Introduce GNOME Shell 3.28 support.
  • New feature: Implement new appIconIndicators styles.
  • New feature: ClickAction: add minimize-or-previews option [veridiam: b2e9bb7c].
  • Improvement: Add scrollbars to settings windows [bfc7cfb07f6e].
  • Fix border in overview [Beidl: f87c2a996d].
  • Fix stale barrier state (dock stuck hidden) with fast or no animations [13c2efc3d1].
  • Add Galician translation [Xose: faafac2ebf].
  • Update Czech [Pavel: 490ba7fa], Ukraininan [Valentine A.: 81202c45], Russian [vantu5z: f93ab8e8], Norwegian Bokmål [Harald H: a36c50be], Swedish [Morgan Antonsson: 310e5d20] translations.

v62: new release available introducing support for GNOME Shell 3.26

A new version of Dash to Dock (v62) supporting GNOME Shell from 3.18 to 3.26 and introducing support for Ubuntu launchers notification badges and progress bars is available.

New feature: Ubuntu Unity launchers API

Following the collaboration with the Ubuntu Team, and in particular thanks to the work of Andrea Azzarone, the dock now supports the unity launcher API as explained by Didier Roche’s post.

Unity launcher API support

These features are already available in Ubuntu dock which is included in Ubuntu 17.10. It is worth noting that although the API are supported by default on all platforms, they require explicit application support, that is they typically work in Ubuntu and its derivatives.

New feature: dynamic transparency

Following the upstream design change introducing the dynamically transparent panel and thanks to the work of Fran Glais, a new feature to adapt the dock transparency has been introduced. Four modes are supported:

  1. Default: nothing is changed, the dock background colour and transparency is controlled by the theme used.
  2. Fixed: Tte dock opacity can be controlled to a fixed static opacity level.
  3. Dynamic: the dock transparency is set to either a transparent and an opaque state (customizable by the user) depending on the distance of the windows from the dock: the dock becomes opaque when windows are close or overlaping with the dock.
  4. Adaptive: as dynamic, but the opacity levels are kept in sync with the top panel (In GNOME Shell 3.24 and before dynamic and adaptive are the same).

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 (v62)

  • New feature: implement dynamic transparency [franglais125: ef8ee93c, d0533418, 99d8e2d6, 5c81fb38, f9af5893, c1e1b8e3, 132de68d, 88a2c9c4, 81a93aeb, a8872313, 545286e4, de314e21, 4583248c, 225b51dd].
  • New feature: implement Ubuntu Unity Launcher API (notifications and progress bar) [Andrea Azzarone: 5ef239de, 184b26b1, 8111665d, 8d2ee8d1, 8174ef18]
  • Enhancement: make focused app highlight more prominent [68a6ede7]
  • Update Tawainese [zerng07: b8ce545c], Serbian [Xabre: b8562126, 4f430509], Czech [Pavel: 78387686], Greek [Vangelis: 62342f71], French [Peter: 2f9379ef], Arabic [Ahmad: a6afd137], German [0f2c9498] translations.

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].