[compiz] state of blur plugin

Mike Cook mcook at novell.com
Wed Feb 7 09:45:24 PST 2007

>>> On Tue, Feb 6, 2007 at  6:02 PM, David Reveman wrote:
> Some additional options have been added to the decorators which allow
> you to make any translucent decorations blur what's behind them.
> Applications can also use the hint recognized by the blur plugin to
> specify blurred regions.

Would it make sense to add an option to the blur plugin to specify windows
(types, or maybe by some window picker method) to enable alpha blur on
by default, instead of making the application do it?  Maybe it should work
this way already and it just isn't for me, but currently my gnome-terminal
is transparent but not blurred (though decorations are) unless I enable it
with the blurset utility you made available.

> I've added two small utility programs to git.compiz.org:
> git.compiz.org/blurset
> and
> git.compiz.org/blurdemo
> blurset, is similar to transset except that it allow you turn on/off
> blur behind translucent parts of any application window.
> blurdemo, is just a simple gtk example app that uses the blur support
> provided by the blur plugin.

I like the look of your blurdemo window, very nice.  Anyway, I noticed two
odd little things which are illustrated in the following images:

The first, blur_selectunder, shows what happens if I drag a selection on
the desktop which goes underneath a blurred window.  This happens for
any blur, not just blurdemo.  The second is perhaps just something with
the blurdemo app itself, but happens if I minimize and then unminimize it.

Great work on the blur, btw, as I'm getting excellent performance...  Now
to see if I can experiment with some cool filters.  :)


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