The Simple Compiz Config Settings Manager
Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 7 March 2008. Page 2 of 2. Add A Comment

The information tab is made up of a description (currently empty), a five-star rating system for the animations currently enabled, a five-star rating system for the effects currently enabled, the desktop setup (wall, cube, or plane), and whether any accessibility features are enabled.

From the animations tab, one can select whether to enable animations. If animations are enabled, the effects to use when opening, closing, and minimizing windows can be selected. While most are already familiar with the options and capabilities of Compiz / Compiz Fusion, these animations range from exploding, horizontal folding, to a magic lamp.

The effects tab has the switcher (shift switcher flip, shift switcher cover, application switcher, or ring switcher) and toggling of scaling, blur, and wobbly windows.

Found on the desktop tab is a selector between a desktop wall, cube, and plane. In addition, the number of desktop columns and rows can be manipulated, with a real-time desktop preview showing the layout of desktop spaces.

Last but not least is the accessibility area where one can enable zooming and setup its key bindings.

We had built Compiz Fusion and simple-ccsm 0.7.2 from source this morning on Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 6. While simple-ccsm doesn't offer nearly as many options as what can be found within ccsm, these options should be enough for many desktop end-users and it's much easier to configure than using the full-blown Compiz Config Settings Manager. The Simple Compiz Config Settings Manager isn't yet perfected and we still think it could use a few more options, but it's certainly a good start at making Compiz / Compiz Fusion more user friendly and improving the human-computer interaction.

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