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TkDesk 1.2 - Desktop and File Manager

Nov 26, 1999, 22:12 (4 Talkback[s])

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TkDesk - a Desktop and File Manager for UNIX's running X11

TkDesk is a graphical desktop and file manager for several types of UNIX (such as Linux) and the X Window System. It offers a very rich set of file operations and services, and gives the user the ability to configure most aspects of TkDesk in a powerful way.

Changes since 1.1:

  • TkDesk now supports Tcl/Tk 8.x and itcl 3.0! The older combinations (Tcl/Tk 7.5/4.1 and 7.6/4.2) are also still supported, though this is likely to change in the next release.
  • Small balloon help windows (a.k.a. screen tips) are displayed when the mouse pointer is over files that have an annotation, whose names are longer than the listbox's width, or which are symlinks.
  • Editor enhancements: - Status bar - Search backwards - New "Selection" menu to pipe selection, and to shift it left/right - Choice between old and nedit-like shortcut bindings
  • Configuration files may now be reloaded selectively. It's no longer required to use the built-in editor to edit these.
  • Find dialog now gets updated while search is in progress.
  • Bug and memory leak fixes. Thanks to all who sent in bug reports.
  • TkDesk is now maintained by J. Chris Coppick. See paragraph "Maintenance Change" below for details.

*** IMPORTANT: Maintenance Change ***

Starting with this release TkDesk will be maintained by J. Chris Coppick. Please send any sort of feedback like bug reports, feature requests, code donations and offers to help directly to him at:

jchris@znet.com

Thanks Chris for taking this on!

Where to get TkDesk:

You can get TkDesk from its homepage at:
http://people.mainz.netsurf.de/~bolik/tkdesk/

You can also get it from (no guarantees on the paths given below): ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/Incoming/ or ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/X11/desktop/ and all of sunsite's mirrors.

ftp://ftp.neosoft.com/pub/tcl/NEW/ and all of Neosoft's mirrors.

The names of the files are as follows:

   Source package:                   tkdesk-1.2.tar.gz
   Dynamic binary (Linux i386):      tkdesk-1.2.bin.ELF.static.tar.gz
   Static binary (Linux i386):       tkdesk-1.2.bin.ELF.tar.gz
   Common package for the binaries:  tkdesk-1.2.bin.common.tar.gz

The Linux binaries are built using Linux 2.0.36, egcs 1.1.1, Tcl/Tk 8.0, and itcl 3.0. They are in ELF format only.

What is TkDesk?

TkDesk is a graphical desktop and file manager for several types of UNIX (such as Linux) and the X Window System. It offers a very rich set of file operations and services, and gives the user the ability to configure most aspects of TkDesk in a powerful way. The reason for this is the use of Tcl/Tk as the configuration and (for the biggest part of TkDesk) implementation language.

This is a brief overview of the most prominent features of TkDesk:

  • Arbitrary number of automatically refreshed file browsers and file list windows,
  • Configurable file-specific popup-menus,
  • Drag and drop,
  • Keyboard navigation,
  • Files and directories may also be dropped onto the root window,
  • Configurable application bar, with several displays and cascadable popup menus for each button, files can also be dropped here,
  • History of visited directories, opened files, executed commands and many other things, which is automatically saved to disk,
  • Find files through their annotation, name, contents, size or age,
  • Trash can for safe "deletion" of files and directories,
  • Calculation of disk usage for directory hierarchies,
  • All file operations (find, copy, disk usage, etc.) are carried out in the background,
  • Traversal of directory hierarchies through recursive cascaded menus,
  • Bookmarks, create menu entries for often used files/directories,
  • Comprehensive hypertextish online help,
  • Built-in multi-buffer editor, providing virtually unlimited undo,
  • Remote control of Netscape and Emacs/XEmacs,
  • Sound support,
  • Powerful on-the-fly configuration of nearly all aspects of TkDesk using Tcl/Tk, allowing for unlimited extensibility,
  • Free of charge! But see the file COPYING, or menu entry Help/License for information on usage and redistribution of TkDesk.
  • TkDesk is free software, as defined by the GNU General Public License.

Enjoy,

Christian

(...and please remember: the maintainer of TkDesk, starting with this release is J. Chris Coppick, jchris@znet.com)