Bored of drab panels and dull docks? Want something a different, lighter and new to play with?
Try the very capable ADeskBar.
Big things often come in small packages and ADeskBar proves this no-end, packing in enough features and functions to make friends with even the most ardent customizers.
Various styles and effects: -
Tweak the look by setting the…:
- Bar size
- Icon spacing & padding
- zoom strength
- Background colour , gradient, and border
Icon ‘hover over’ effects: -
Hiding options: -
- Always visible
Add launchers and ‘plugins’
- Drawer – create a ‘stack’ with shortcuts to your favorite apps
- Quick Terminal – shows pop-up terminal on press
- Notification area – displays traditional gnome notification area
- Session Control – logout, restart or shutdown
- Places – easy access to bookmarked locations
- Search box – quickly search Google for something
- Digital Clock
- Volume Control
- Show Desktop
- Menu (Simple) – styled like a traditional GNOME menu
- Menu – styled in ADeskBar style with tabs on side (see image below)
- Window list button
What it lacks
There are a few draw backs worth keeping in mind before ditching your current set-up in favour of ADeskBar.
Firstly it doesn’t have as many plugins, effects, docklets, addons and whistles as other options – and that’s part of its charm. If you can’t live without ‘on dock’ cover art or panel painting weather forecasts try Docky.
Secondly it doesn’t support Ubuntu’s Indicator-Applets. No messaging menu, no sound menu, no session menu.
ADeskBar is easy to install thanks to it being available in a handy .deb. Download and double-click to install.
After installation a ‘ADeskBar’ entry should appear in the Applications > Accessories menu. If it doesn’t you can run it via ALT+F2 and entering ‘adeskbar’ or by editing the menu and checking the box so it shows.