Compiz Fusion help needed.
godshatter at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 1 01:30:58 UTC 2008
Steven Vollom wrote:
> Dear Paul,
> When I rotate the middle wheel on the mouse and the cube changes, it
> dips and shows the rotation then fills the desktop again. Is that what
> the cube is supposed to look like. I had a vision of a transparent
> octagon that stayed within the borders of the desktop. Since I have a
> 22" screen, I anticipated seeing an octagon that was farther from the
> left and right of the screen than the top and bottom. It doesn't really
> make a difference, the effects are wonderful, it is just when I see
> pictures of a cube in literature about such things, it always appears as
> smaller than the desktop. Thanks!
I think part of the problem is my using the term "octagon". The "cube"
object, which we have setup to have eight desktops on, is basically when
seen from above an octagon. Think of two octagon, basically two stop
signs, set one above the other. Then coat the outside along the edges
with LCD screens, and you have what I'm calling the "octagon". You
rarely see the top and bottom of it, just one of the eight sides. When
the octagon is turning when using the mouse wheel, it is pushing back
from the screen a small amount and then turning one face and then
springing back towards the screen again. That's why you probably see a
portion of one side of to the left or the right occasionally when it's
turning. If the speeds you have set are too fast, it may be harder to
If you haven't already, try pressing the left and right buttons of the
mouse when your cursor is over the background and holding them down.
You should see the whole construct or whatever it is pushed back away
from the screen. Moving the mouse left or right should turn it so you
can see more of it's sides. If you have windows on those other sides,
you should see them too. If you have the cube reflection turned on, you
should see the bottom portion of the cube reflected on the "ground".
You can also move the mouse up or down and see the top or bottom of the
octagon, just to see that it really is an octagon. If the left and
right buttons don't work for you, try holding ctrl and alt down and the
left mouse button simultaneously. If done this way, the cursor doesn't
have to be over the background.
The compiz developers were looking for some way to visualize multiple
desktops. The default way, if you don't turn on the "cube", is to think
of your screen as showing one of a grid of desktops up close. Moving
desktops is then panning around left or right, like moving along a
track. It looks like they wanted a more 3-D approach, so they thought
of four desktops as being the faces on a cube. The faces are front,
back, left, and right. They didn't use the top or bottom, because it
would get too confusing because you would then be seeing some desktops
upside down if you went up twice for example. It also made more sense
if you wanted more or less than four desktops. So our eight desktops
are just an extension of that. If you want to see it a little better
visually, go into Advanced Desktop Effects Settings, and click on
Desktop Cube. Then go to the Transparent Cube tab, and set the Opacity
When Not Rotating to about 40. You should see the general shape of the
octagon thing through your somewhat transparent background. I usually
don't leave it that way, but it lets you see it visually.
There are lots of settings to mess around with. If I remember right,
you can set it up so your are inside an eight walled room instead of
looking at it from outside.
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