View Full Version : Fading windows

24th November 2004, 08:06 PM
Inspired by this Flash animation: http://www.novell.com/products/desktop/, I was thinking wether it is possible, to fade windows in and out, when starting / closing the apps. That would look really slick!

24th November 2004, 08:52 PM
This will be possible by using SDL ;)
-> http://www.2dgame-tutorial.com/sdl/fading.htm has a fading example (Bitmap inside a window)
With this technuiqe (SDL) it is possible:
-> to get the gfx-area BEHIND a window
-> to get the gfx area of the window
-> crossfade both areas
... and this in both directions will result in FADEIN and FADEOUT...

24th November 2004, 09:15 PM
Now I recal... there's fading when you Log out! :p Don't know what technique is used there...

Shadow Skill
25th November 2004, 03:30 AM
Hmm That would be pretty cool..hopefully it could be done without munching resources like that other OS probably would, no matter how hard anyone tried not to make that feature a resource monster.

Off Topic: It's very interesting that Novell's Bussiness oriented Desktop environment use Gnome and Firefox when Suse itself uses KDE and Konqueror I believe. It's good to see Firefox plastered on there though its good marketing.

25th November 2004, 03:54 AM
You can get real shadows and transparency now on XFce4.2. You might want to fill out a bug request for a new window fading plugin. It sounds like some nice eye candy but I wouldn't use it myself since I like maximum UI performance and have disabled all fading stuff. http://xfce.org