Released evolution-statusicon 1.0.4. Show/hide Evolution from the notification area.

If you are like me and you are annoyed by the Evolution bugging you in your ALT+TAB cycle as you have it running almost all the time you will probably like this one.

Back last year I wrote a simple plugin for Evolution. The plugin provides a small notification area icon to show/hide/quit Evolution’s windows and comes handy if you have your favourite PIM open all the time.

Evolution Statusicon Plugin

Development work on Evolution broke the functionality though which was based on a hacky workaround anyways (abused a private exported symbol) to be able to hide/show the main window.

However with Evolution 2.30.0, it’s rewrite of the UI code and removal of libbonobo code, the public API changed and now allows much better control of the whole interface.

So without much fanfare I release evolution-statusicon 1.0.4 for Evolution 2.30.0 or later. Download and sources after the break.

Again, this won’t go upstream due to violation of the GNOME HIG; same for Pidgin, Banshee, Liferea, Network Manager and so on, you know?

Check out the right version to install for your openSUSE version here.

The repository with packages for openSUSE 11.2 and Factory can be found here:
http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/FunkyM:/evolution/

The source and tarballs live at:
http://cgit.sukimashita.com/evolution-statusicon.git/

Enjoy crowding your notification area with this!

Not tested with the indicator applet stuff from Ubuntu, but patches are always welcome.

2 Replies to “Released evolution-statusicon 1.0.4. Show/hide Evolution from the notification area.”

  1. Nice job!
    I reacted on the violation of gnome hig stuff.. i seen it before several times and i dont understand at all what is the gnome folks reasoning for this, if you could explain a little?

  2. @Martin: Well, basically it’s described in the bugreports and GNOME’s HIG. The notification area should just show icons “temporary” which draw attention and then disappear. For permanent icons, creating panel applets is recommended instead. However, a lot of applications have violated this, prominent ones are Pidgin, Banshee, Rhythmbox and Network Manager (there are more). I think the Windows HIG have similar rules for the systray and still a lot of applications violate them. The reasoning is that those permanent icons create visual clutter and fill up the notification area so much that the initial idea, to notify the user, as well as real temporary notification icons get less visual weight.

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