A couple of new Star Trek-esque effects have been added to the ‘Burn my Windows’ GNOME Shell extension.
If you’ve not yet heard about this bling-tactic add-on, it animates closing windows (and optionally dialogs) in some spectacularly over the top ways — just like Compiz of old.
Burn My Windows 8 is available from the GNOME Extensions website and it adds there new effects.
‘Energize A’ disperses your windows in a flurry of sci-fi particles:
‘Energize B’ dispatches your windows and dialogs in a way that reminds of the famous Star Trek transporter:
The new ‘Wisp’ effects is described as ‘carrying your windows to the realm of dreams’:
As with all effects available in this extension you can configure each effects to suit your tastes by altering the animation time, colour, scale, falloff, and more.
There are now 7 distinctive window closing effects to choose from. If you find it hard to settle on a favourite take advantage of the new ‘random’ settings. Just select multiple effects from Burn my Windows settings panel and when you close a window (and a dialog, if you enable that function) an effect will be selected at random:
In addition to the delights above the extension’s source code has undergone “major refactoring“. The aim of this is to make adding new effects easier (for which a new guide on creating new effects has been created).
As always, this extension is totally optional and created to add some fun to the desktop. If you want to opt-in to the ocular OTT-ness just hit up the GNOME Extensions listing — just be aware that some of the included effects require GNOME 40 or above.