May 14, 2015

Dock Applet: Icon-Only Window List For MATE Panel

Dock Applet is a new MATE Panel applet which displays running applications/windows as icons, unlike the default Window List applet which displays the app icon as well as the window title.

MATE Panel Dock Applet

The application is only 10 days old and it doesn't have too many features, but it's already usable. Right now, it supports pinning/unpinning applications, displays an indicator under the icon for running applications (with configurable color for light and dark panels) and allows moving items via right click > move left/right.

Also, the app honours the panel transparency and background settings, so it it should be compatible with any theme or any MATE panel customizations (including using it with a vertical panel).

In this very early development stages, the application doesn't support themes, there's no multi-monitor support and it doesn't indicate if there are multiple windows of the same app (but you can switch between multiple windows of the same app by right clicking on the icon and selecting a window).

Even though it needs work, I'm sure some MATE users will appreciate this small applet and maybe even help improve it, especially since other similar solutions (like the DockBarX MATE Panel applet) don't work with recent MATE versions.

Install Dock Applet in Ubuntu MATE or Linux Mint MATE

To make it easier to install, I uploaded Dock Applet to the WebUpd8 MATE/TopMenu PPA. To install the applet in Ubuntu MATE 15.04, 14.10 or 14.04 / Linux Mint MATE 17.1 or 17, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/mate
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-dock-applet
Arch Linux users can install Dock Applet via AUR.

To download the source code, report bugs or help improve Dock Applet, see its GitHub page.

via Web Upd8 - Ubuntu / Linux blog