General setup of Compiz Fusion



General setup of Compiz Fusion

Postby TheeMahn » Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:39 pm

I have been asked by some that are newer to compiz and Ultimate Edition on how to setup compiz fusion, what I may see as elementary dear watson others do not see it that way. I would like to dub this beginners guide to compiz...

One thing that is asked of me I only see 2 sides of the cube, well it is not a cube it can be an octogon, hexagon, cube ,triangle etc. You can have many faces to your desktop. 2 is sufficient for most users unless you are a poweruser and can multi-task better then me :) I typically run 15 or so programs at a time and 2 desktops is enough for me same with 2 monitors, 3 was overkill.

Ok enough already how do I get more then 2 desktops!!!?

System >> Preferences >> Advanced Desktop Effect Settings

General, hmm should speak for itself...
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Selecting general options


did you say hexagon (horizontal virtual size) ?
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have a hexagon.


Settings to pay attention to... If you have a high end card you may want to set textures best under display settings, otherwise general is not all that or a bag of chips, naturally with auto detect refresh typically enabled by default.

I will continue to elaborate on this as time goes on, I would much rather answer a question openly and have many users read it and learn then help just 1 person.

Cube Caps:
This has also been a common question asked of me, I will take the time and address it now...
Cube Caps are the custom pics users set as the top of the cube err hex etc. I will not take the time to show you where not to put them this is actually somewhat confusing, it is due to the devolpment team that makes compiz replacing it with a "plugin".
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Cube caps Plugin


Selecting new image:
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Cube caps new image by clicking edit


Results:
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My logo in place ;)


Not good enough for me lets scale it...
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Scaleing cube caps


Results:
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Cube Caps After scaled


Skydome:

My, my this is a nice plugin when utilized correctly. Most users place an image of grandma here ;) This will not suffice unless the image of grandma is a 360 degree panoramic image of your current resolution. While as this image may look like crap on your screen, when it it set as a skydome will rock (not of grandma by the way) I have in the past used an image of a pool when viewed you hover over the pool and can look in 360 degrees just as if you were hovering over the pool. I will provide a few here so you can see what it is all about as well as point you in the right direction to get more.

Lets get down to business. How do I set my skydome image?
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Visiting the cube, cube why cube...

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Setting skydome


Results:
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It gets much better then stars


Damn, I am not even close to done and posts fly in....

To be continued...

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Re: General setup of Compiz Fusion

Postby Baphomet » Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:54 pm

May I contribute something I found reeeeally helpful? When I started with Compiz I saw all those plugins but had not idea what they did...

(Put? Scale Addons? ... Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot!)

Then I found this Compiz-Fusion wiki-style webpage full of explanations and pics of what all those different plugins do, what they look like, etc.

http://wiki.opencompositing.org/PluginsMain
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Re: General setup of Compiz Fusion

Postby TheeMahn » Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:36 pm

Baphomet wrote:May I contribute something I found reeeeally helpful? When I started with Compiz I saw all those plugins but had not idea what they did...

(Put? Scale Addons? ... Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot!)

Then I found this Compiz-Fusion wiki-style webpage full of explanations and pics of what all those different plugins do, what they look like, etc.

http://wiki.opencompositing.org/PluginsMain



I thank you for your great explanation via link, but step by step is what I prefer (this section is for new users of compiz), some are not as computer savvy as others. I have full intentions of helping all users. Those that are mac daddy on the comp can blow though what they don't need to know. I do appreciate the link for those that just want to know what the plugins do. Many of the users that are here are somewhat new to *nix and I grant you I may have been the one to open their eyes to it, a majority love it from what I have witnessed firsthand. I do not want to lose them due to a "kernel panic" which is by the way much better then a blue screen of death ;)

Thanks,

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Re: General setup of Compiz Fusion

Postby djabhi » Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:07 am

how do i get a cube?? i tried everything ..but cant get a cube..!! please help me....
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Re: General setup of Compiz Fusion

Postby cowboy » Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:37 am

You need to read the above posts. Are you in Compiz? right click the desktop..click.. change desktop background..click Visual Effects..go down to the bottom and click custom and then click preference..that will get you to the Compiz Setting Manager. There are other ways to do this but we will start with this way first, While in Compiz Setting Manager, click General Options..then click on the top..click desktop size..set yours to look like mine..Horizontal virtual size set to 4..that should get you the "cube".. ;)
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Re: General setup of Compiz Fusion

Postby susan123 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:42 am

i really appreciate this nice post.......
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Re: General setup of Compiz Fusion

Postby cowboy » Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:50 am

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