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July 14, 2010 / P. Filippaios

Do you wanna have KWin Blur… everywhere ?


^ Well, that's actually motion blur, but anyways... xD

Well, that was mostly unexpected; at least for me.

I had forgotten that QtCurve 1.5 started supporting ARGB transparency, so when I saw this:

AirRGB (QtCurve)

I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Yes, it’s a QtCurve theme, which enables full transparency on all the windows and pop-ups. In order to use that you need:

1)At least QtCurve KDE4 1.5 (the Archlinux packages of qtcurve are always up-to-date)

2) KDE 4.5

3) Compositing with Blur effect enabled on a decent card. The older (and slower) Intel GPUs can’t run Blur without problems (I guess that’s due to lack of OpenGL extensions, haven’t yet made a research on that).

You can load the new theme within the QtCurve control panel and experience the *full* blur transparency in your desktop.

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  1. mikeplus64 / Jul 14 2010 11:02 am

    Bespin ( bespin-svn from the AUR ) also supports transparency and the blur effect.

    • flamelab / Jul 14 2010 11:38 am

      Bespin has had full window transparency for a long time now, they are great.

      I was impressed by the fact that Qtcurve supports that now 🙂

  2. csslayer / Aug 4 2010 3:48 pm

    oxygen will support this in future, and an experimental branch in kde-svn

    http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/oxygen-transparent?content=127752

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