The Return Of The Dock: ‘Now Dock’ Is Now Available For Plasma 5 Users

Now Dock is a Mac OS style dock bar for KDE Plasma 5 desktop users.

Updated Apr 3, 2017Customization

The introduction of technologically advanced GNOME 3 and Plasma 5 to mainstream Linux desktops also marked the forthcoming end of the widely used standalone docks.

Docks such as Cairo-Dock (later known as Glx-Dock), Docky and Avant Window Navigator (AWN) which were highly popular during the pre-GNOME 3 era had gradually saw a steep decline in popularity.

A decline which became notably evident when the development of the above reached a new low after years of being highly active.

Since GNOME 3 brought with it not only a new look – Gnome Shell – but also a new paradigm of how modern desktop environment should be, that is, being minimal and modular.

Standalone docks became less appealing to users who now could either maintain the minimalism GNOME 3 boasts at or simply install a dock extension from GNOME Shell extensions site.

With KDE, on the other hand, things were a bit different since, unlike GNOME, KDE strives to supply its users with all the features they may need, a KDE dock widget was already available and to some degree even popular among KDE 4 users.

However, the move to Plasma 5 meant that KDE 4 components needed to be migrated / rewritten in a newer code layer, i.e Qt 5, therefore leaving many popular widgets behind, including the KDE 4 dock.

Although things appeared to be a bit grim for a while regarding dock integration over at the KDE 5 camp, it seems that KDE users who are fond of desktop docks may now rejoice as a new hope arises, it’s called – ‘Now Dock‘.

Meet Now Dock

[Update 3/4/17] Now Dock and another project called Candil-Dock have decided to join forces and make the ultimate KDE 5 dock. As a result, Now Dock development has now shifted to the new project they call Latte-Dock, and as for Now Dock itself – it’s currently no longer under development.

Now Dock “is a plasmoid [= widget] for Plasma 5 which is trying to mimic the plank or mac way of task management.”

It currently supports the following features:

Now Dock Features

  • Zoom tasks on hover
  • Window previews
  • Highlight windows
  • Visual indicator for tasks progress (e.g. copying files)
  • Various animations for several cases (e.g. adding, removing launchers and windows)
  • Activities and virtual desktops agnostic
  • Launchers
  • Dragging, drag and drop (from outside)
  • Different coloring for states
  • Plasma theming

Now Dock icons-zoom

As you can see, although fairly new, Now Dock already supports most if not all the features you’d expect to find in a desktop dock bar.

How To Install?

Now Dock can be installed either as a standard Plasma 5 plasmoid or as a ‘Now Dock Panel’ complementary.

Both of the Now Dock widgets require at least Plasma 5.7 or above, and can be installed the same way.

To install Now Dock plasmoid / Panel follow these steps:

  1. Right click on Plasma Desktop -> Unlock Widgets
  2. Right click on Plasma Desktop -> Add Widgets
  3. Get new widgets -> Download New Plasma Widgets
  4. Search for “Now Dock”
  5. Install

If you wish to support Now Dock check out either:

Now Dock Plasmoid  Now Dock Panel

COMMENTS (beta 4)

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maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaartin 11 mons ago
From : Now Dock is no longer maintained. Future development is focused on Latte Dock.
Liron 11 mons ago maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaartin
Thanks for the update
Michail Vourlakos Oct '16
Thank u for the article!!! :) I am the owner-maintainer of the Now Dock effort... one small update, the Now Dock Panel can be found here: the panel animates its plasmoids in the same way the Now Dock plasmoid is doing it for the windows. To install it you use the same instructions as for the plasmoid....
Liron Oct '16 Michail Vourlakos
Thank you for the comment, post updated :)