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  • Plasma Volume Widget Can Now Transfer Audio Streams Between Devices

    Phoronix: Plasma Volume Widget Can Now Transfer Audio Streams Between Devices

    Development on KDE Plasma 5.13, KDE Applications 18.04, and KDE Frameworks 5.44 continues at full-speed...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...g-Audio-Widget

  • #2
    The audio stream can already be transferred in Plasma 5.12 by long-pressing and dragging the application to another audio source. With 5.13 it's just more accessible by adding an explicit option.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Gerii View Post
      The audio stream can already be transferred in Plasma 5.12 by long-pressing and dragging the application to another audio source. With 5.13 it's just more accessible by adding an explicit option.
      It could already be transferred for a loooong time, not just in 5.12

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Gerii View Post
        The audio stream can already be transferred in Plasma 5.12 by long-pressing and dragging the application to another audio source. With 5.13 it's just more accessible by adding an explicit option.
        Well, there's a bad design choice from a discoverability standpoint. Why would anyone try a long press outside the context of substituting for right-click in touch-screen UIs?

        The convention for desktops is to leverage the mouse's greater precision and hover tracking to have a visible drag handle with a change to the cursor to indicate "you can drag this".
        Last edited by ssokolow; 03-04-2018, 09:31 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Gerii View Post
          The audio stream can already be transferred in Plasma 5.12 by long-pressing and dragging the application to another audio source. With 5.13 it's just more accessible by adding an explicit option.
          Short press is sufficient. When you hover over the individual apps icon, you get a "grab" mouse cursor.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ssokolow View Post

            Well, there's a bad design choice from a discoverability standpoint. Why would anyone try a long press outside the context of substituting for right-click in touch-screen UIs?

            The convention for desktops is to leverage the mouse's greater precision and hover tracking to have a visible drag handle with a change to the cursor to indicate "you can drag this".
            Yeah, I don't get it either. I mean: people keep complaining about GNOME focusing too much on touch screen UI's, but it seems like KDE pulled a GNOME stunt in this case.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by InsideJob View Post
              I almost switched to Budgie just because their desktop widget has radio buttons for default audio output AND audio input devices. Still needed pavucontrol to change profiles -- seems high fidelity is never the default for audio sink -- and to output to different devices on a per-app basis, though.
              I am not sure to which radio buttons you are referring to, but the volume control widget I have here, I can set the default device per direction.
              The profile can be changed in the settings - reachable either via right mouse click on the widget/loudspeaker icon, or by clicking the settings button in the opened widget. The output device per stream/application can be changed for quite some time, as already said, and is remembered per application.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Vistaus View Post

                Yeah, I don't get it either. I mean: people keep complaining about GNOME focusing too much on touch screen UI's, but it seems like KDE pulled a GNOME stunt in this case.
                That's why there's another option now, I guess.

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                • #9
                  This option was already present in KDE4 . It's just when they moved to KDE 5, they created a new UI for wudo controls, which didn't have this option. Now they've brought it back.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ssokolow View Post
                    The convention for desktops is to leverage the mouse's greater precision and hover tracking to have a visible drag handle with a change to the cursor to indicate "you can drag this".
                    Mouse over the program icon and the cursor changes to a hand. I believe it's how I originally discovered the feature.

                    It didn't work for a while in 5.12 but it's working in 5.12.2.

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