Backstep is a program that draws icons for minimized windows on your desktop.
Version: 0.3Backstep is a program that draws icons for minimized windows on your desktop. It doesn't depend on the window manager or on a desktop-drawing program (for example, I use it with Nautilus). It is meant to work with window managers that are EWHM compliant.
Operating System: Linux
However, I only know for sure that it works with Metacity and Xfwm4. And I know that it doesn't work with Fluxbox and that it only partially works with Kwin (hopefully this will be corrected soon). I haven't yet tested it with other window managers.
Drawing icons for minimized windows on the desktop might be considered a step backwards by many people (hence the name), but I find it useful to identify minimized windows by position rather than by name.
Here are some key features of "Backstep":
· Simple to use. You don't have to configure anything - just run 'backstep'.
· Session management support - at least to the extent that backstep adds itself to the session so that it will be started automatically the next time you log in to your desktop environment.
· Grouping. Windows can be grouped together (by right clicking on their icons and selecting a group) so that when one window from the group is shown or hidden, all windows in the group are shown or hidden.
· Configurable. You can make some adjustments to the way the icons look. This is done through a simple configuration dialog launched by right-clicking on an icon.
Backstep requires at least version 2.0 of the GTK+ toolkit. It uses the GNU build system and installs in the normal manner:
sudo make install
Now just run backstep
What's New in This Release:
· This release makes all the icon frames the same size.
· It also fixes a bug where window managers (like Metacity) that show an animation when a window is hidden would display the animation in the wrong place the first time the icon was shown.