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Window Management on Compiz-Fusion – New Plugins

Well, on the last post we (Eduardo Gurgel aka edgurgel & Marco Diego aka Bacharel Marcola) said that new useful plugins were coming soon. This is a brief look on what we’re currently working and a preview on what else is coming.

Compiz has been well taught since its inception as a beautiful, feature-rich (in terms of bling and effects), modern window manager. Although we agree in most of what is said about compiz, its abilities for window placement, window distribution and good use of screen real state were terribly lacking compared to other window managers such as tiled-window-managers (ion, wmii, dwm…). We’ve been working to minimize this inferiority.
For those who can’t wait for a better explanation, here’s a video showing whats is going on:

Plugins used:

New Maximumize
It expands the window on a specified direction as much as possible. It is totally based on Maximumize plugin.


Resize to half size of the window in a particular direction.


Smart Put
Cleverly find the best gap suitable for the current window.


New Put
It’s equal to Put plugin, but you can move only through empty spaces.


Toggle Decoration
Simple and very useful plugin to enable/disable window decoration(on a window, or all of them on the same desktop). You will discover how much space you waste with your window decorator. Toggle Decoration is totally necessary for us because we don’t use maximize and minimize anymore.


Swap window’s location and size. Simple like that.
Useful when you have a main frame and others smaller windows on same desktop. You can quickly change the scope.

Code still not available. We will release ASAP.

Next steps
We noticed that all we need is love.
Just Kidding.
All we need is an automatic layout windows definition. So you can easily define YOUR own window arrangement. We will work on it on next weeks (maybe months).

P.S.: No mice were harmed during the making of this video.

  1. Puelo
    7 November, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Por acaso essa música vem de algum jogo de supernintendo? TopGear?

    Muito bons os plugins, parecem dar um bom motivo para eu trocar o KWin do KDE4 para o compiz..

    O problema do Compiz para mim sempre foi o exagero de complexidade, e ser obrigado a “tunar” tudo para se chegar a um estado agradável..

    Mas isso faz tempo, vou tentar mais uma vez, até mais

  2. DarknessssenkraD
    8 November, 2008 at 1:50 am

    Swap window’s location and size. Simple like that.
    Useful when you have a main frame and others smaller windows on same desktop. You can quickly change the scope.”
    :O :O :O :O
    I wanna try, let us know when you have are ready to share 😀

  3. 8 November, 2008 at 3:34 am

    i am glad that someone came up with this swap plugin because i have two monitors and i constantly mouse drag from one to the other without this plugin so thank you guys for coming up with it woot 🙂

  4. Inessa
    8 November, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Nice video. 😉

    beautiful. ;*

  5. hbobenicio
    9 November, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Good work, guys!

  6. 12 November, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    These are some great additions to the compiz plugin. These are more useful then some of the other plugins compiz originally sport. I used compiz fusion back in the beryl days and I’m glad to see them still pushing it along because it’s a decent windows manager.

    Question for anyone that knows it. Is it possible to get Compiz working inside a virtual machine? I haven’t tested it yet but where the vm’s use emulated hardware I just assumed it was only possible if you dual booted.

  7. Brandon
    25 January, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I agree, these plugins are very useful. The git link seems to be down, though.

    Any chance of getting these merged into the standard compiz packages out there? Definitely some good stuff.

  8. 26 January, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Well, Maximumize plus and minimumize are now inside Maximumize.

    I will keep trying to add them on compiz fusion.

  9. Mun
    11 March, 2009 at 5:14 am

    I tried change the key binding for the toggle plugin to something other then Shift-a and Shift-d and it stops working. Any particular reason why?

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