Saturday, June 13, 2009

DaysToGo - Minimalistic SuperKaramba Theme

I easily loose track of time when i have a lot of things to do on my list. I needed something to remind me how much time i have left when deciding what do to next or whether to promise to do something more. So i made this simple SuperKaramba theme.

You can download it from here.

The theme is pretty minimalistic and only contains three text items, one using a simple perl script, and an image for the background. So you can easily change it as you wish.

To install SuperKaramba and the theme on a recent openSUSE using terminal do this:
$ sudo zypper in kde4-superkaramba 'perl(Date::Parse)'
$ wget
$ cp daystogo.tar.gz .kde4/share/apps/superkaramba/themes

(Did you know you could install perl modules like this? :O)

Now if you open Superkaramba, its theme selector should appear and should already contain the new theme. Opening the theme should also unpack the tarball. See the Readme file in the daystogo theme directory for further instruction on how to edit the theme (set your own text and date).

The theme file is as simple as this:
KARAMBA  W=280 H=280

<group> x=5 y=5 w=270 h=270
image x=-10 y=-10 path="img/SUSE_Head_lt.png"
text x=10 y=0 value="<edit daystogo.theme>" color=255,255,255 fontsize=24 shadow=2 bgcolor=100,100,100 font="Sans"
text x=135 y=70 w=270 align=center sensor=program program="~/.kde4/share/apps/superkaramba/themes/daystogo/scripts/ '31/dec/2009 23:59'" line=1 color=255,255,255 shadow=4 bgcolor=0,50,0 fontsize=120 font="Sans" interval=900000
text x=270 y=250 w=270 align=right value="days to go" color=255,255,255 shadow=2 bgcolor=50,50,50 fontsize=24 font="Sans"
The red parts are what you want to change to suit you. See this manual for description of used items and attributes. You'll find many more there, together with examples you can use to extend this theme or create your own. Looking at other existing themes is useful, too.

Last, but not least, i want to thank Troy Watson for the pretty Geeko icon i used as the background image.

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