SmSpillaz and warlock_mza wrote a pretty cool plugin for Compiz that lets you rotate your windows around in 3d space called freewins. Basically, you can spin your windows around in any direction you want, so its pretty cool. I’ve been on a packaging binge as of late, so decided to package this plugin for stock Ubuntu Compizes. If I did it right, the package manager will complain if you’re trying to install this plugin with the wrong version of compiz. Please note, this is still an experimental plugin. Don’t cry if it does bad things.
Here’s a short vid of the work SmSpillaz has been doing (as an appetizer to get the package)
If you want to get the package, follow these instructions
- Add my Launchpad PPA to your /etc/apt/sources.list file
Run ‘ccsm’. Go to the Effects section. Check the tick box for “Freely Transformable Windows”. Use Shift+Ctrl+MouseButton1 to move your windows around freely! Press Shift+Control+R to reset them to their original 2D state.
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kdub/ubuntu hardy main deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/kdub/ubuntu hardy main
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cf-freewins
One stipulation here though, many users expect to be able to click on the windows and have the buttons and GUI fields all work as expected. Unfortunately this is not the case as the mainstream X Server is not yet smart enough to redirect input. Put simply, the X Server input is still ‘thinking’ in 2D although you’re seeing a 3D interaction environment. Although there are very complicated ways of patching your X Server to do this already (largely thanks to David Reveman), these patches have not hit primetime yet, so you’ll have to just be happy with being able to spin your windows around in circles for the time being 😀