Sunday, June 13, 2010

Awn Indicator Applet Now Available

In Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) the GNOME-Panel Indicator Applet became a major part of the User Interface. There have been many requests for a similar applet in Awn, and today I am happy to report that one is now available in the Awn-Testing PPA for Lucid and Maverick! For many users, including me, this was the only thing preventing them from removing their (relatively ugly) GNOME-Panels.

Adding (or updating) the Awn-Testing PPA and installaing avant-window-navigator-trunk will include the Indicator Applet. Go to the Applets page of Awn Settings to add the applet. For full effect, also remove the applet from your GNOME-Panel (if any).

If you are building awn-extras from source, pass --with-indicator to after updating your branch.

The icons I'm using in the screenshots have been very popular among Awn users; they are from the Token icon set. I have organized collections of these icons for all the Awn applets and as many apps as I could find. To use them, download the archive and extract the files to ~/.icons/awn-theme/scalable - the icons should appear immediately. Download: Dark set, Light set

In case you haven't heard already, there is a new Awn style available, as seen in my screenshots, called Lucido. It is very stylish and it's available in the Awn-Testing PPA. Add Expander applets to define where the curves should be and change the "Curviness" variable to change how curved the curves are.