Since I believe it's still
legal in some countries to pummel the snot out of people for not providing screenshots
with their applications, here's some of ours... =:) These screenshots, it should
be noted, are from the first release of bbconf and may at some point change.
But they should also give you a good enough understanding of how the application
looks and feels....
A brief word should be said
about bbconf's plugins. If you build bbconf by hand, you are able to control
where bbconf installs its files, including where it installs its plugins. More
will be said of this on the download page for bbconf.
But bbconf will look in two places for its plugins. It will look first in the
installation directory for plugins as configured at compile-time. It will also
look in $HOME/.bbconf for any .so files (plugins) that you may want to use with
bbconf. This means that you don't have to have root authority on the machine
you're building bbconf on to use it, and that you can add plugins for bbconf
at any time simply by copying them to $HOME/.bbconf
It's that simple. And now,
our screenshots.... Feel free to click on the preview images to see a full-size
This is bbconf's main
"window" or form. It's pretty much a brief welcome plugin that
also allows configuration changes that affect bbconf as a whole. As of
this initial release, this entails configuring the "Qt style"
that the application uses, such as a Motif look and feel, a Windows look
and feel, the Platinum look and feel, a CDE look and feel, etc., etc.
As this application grows and develops, there may be other configuration
options that you will want, or we will need to add.
Changes that are made
to the bbconf app are currently saved to $HOME/.bbconf/bbconf.bb. This
is all handled automatically by bbconf.
is the keybindings editor plugin that has taken the place of the previous
bbkeysconf application. It is a much cleaner look and feel as you can
see, and is more similar to other popular keybindings editors. The interface
is very intuitive, and should be very easy to use.
A note on the keybindings..
As of blackbox version 0.6x, all keycombos and keybindings have been removed
from blackbox and are handled by the external application called bbkeys.
This allows for far-greater flexibility in keycombos and greater user
control over their window session. It also allows the maintainers of bbkeys
to add new features and functionality to the keybinding part of your blackbox
X sessions without having to wait for the next blackbox window manager
release. Incidentally, the same authors who bring you bbconf also maintain
bbkeys is completely
configurable, including the look and feel of itself as well as keycombos/keybindings
to interact with your windows in X. It works only with blackbox at the
current time, but the next release of blackbox promises to allow bbkeys
to work with any WM-spec compliant window manager you desire to use.
It is also entirely
possible that the author of blackbox will choose to change things around
and bring some basic keybindings back into blackbox, in which case inter-operability
between blackbox and bbkeys will be slightly more complex, but the two
will still work perfectly together.
All this to say...
if you use bbconf to configure keycombos and keybindings for blackbox,
you also need to make sure that you have installed the bbkeys application
that enables these keybindings.
the left, you see the brand new blackbox menu editor. It understands your
blackbox menu files and allows you to quickly configure, add to, and remove
from your blackbox menu. When you apply your changes, your menu file will
be rewritten and saved--including nicely indenting your menu file, resulting
in a much easier to read and cleaner menu file.
It should also be
mentioned that when you apply your changes to your blackbox menu file,
they will take affect immediately.
the right, you see the new blackbox theme editor. This has taken the place
of the previous "toolbox" GUI application. (Read: toolbox is
dead, long live the bbconf theme plugin)
This plugin allows
you to completely and easily configure every aspect of the look and feel
(style/theme) of your blackbox session, including the look and feel of
your blackbox menus, blackbox's toolbar, and the window decorations and
settings. By default, it will open up the blackbox style file that you're
currently using with blackbox and allow you to make changes to it. Assuming
you're working on the style file that blackbox is currently using, and
also assuming that you are able to write to this file (i.e. make sure
you can save to the file that you're working with), when you click the
"Apply" button in bbconf, bbconf will save your changes and
blackbox will reconfigure itself automatically to start using the changed
This plugin also allows
you to open a different file and also to save any file you're working
with as a completely different style filename. *NOTE* Clicking "Apply"
in either of these situations will simply cause bbconf to save your changes
to disk--blackbox will not know to pick up these changes until you tell
blackbox to use this new style file.
As you can see in
the preview screenshot, this bbconf plugin includes a file dialog preview
window, allowing you to EASILY choose the image you want to use for your
background/root window image. No more having to browse all your images
with an external graphics program like gimp or xv--simply use bbconf's
theme editor plugin and you can see the image you're choosing for your
theme's background image.