Aurélien Gâteau

Return of the bird, Colibri 0.3.0

written on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

In case you haven't heard about it, Colibri is an alternative to KDE Plasma notifications.

Colibri notifications are completely passive: when you move the mouse over them, they fade out and let you click the content behind them. They also have the handy ability to concatenate multiple notifications if they come from the same application (think about your friend who likes to press Enter every five words on IM...)

It has been a long time (2 years!) since I last touched Colibri code: mainly because it was working for me, so I spent my time on other projects. With the release of KDE SC 4.10, I noticed a problem though: there was no shadow behind the notification bubbles anymore.

This is fixed in 0.3.0. The nice thing about this fix is I was able to drop code I duplicated from Plasma internals by refactoring Colibri to use Plasma::Dialog. Less duplicated code should result in a more robust implementation, hopefully Colibri should be usable without patching for 2 more years :)

Colibri says hello

Another change I made was moving the project from Gitorious to git.kde.org, this brings you more translations.

You can get the source code from download.kde.org. Kubuntu 13.04 users can also get it from the Colibri PPA.

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