[click on any image to enlarge]Compositing is a feature which adds extra “eye-candy" for your desktop. This article will explain what Compositing is and does, and describe the method of utilizing it in E17.
What is Compositing?
It may be useful to start with the definition of the root word “composite" from The Free Dictionary online:
Made up of distinct components; compound.
This applies to a window manager in the sense that disparate visual elements can be combined to create a variety of visual effects. These include (but are not limited to): transparency, 3D effects, bending, scaling, and rotation.
There is a thorough article of the history and implementation of Compositing on Wikipedia for readers who are interested.
Compositing - Transparency Part 1
There is an E17 Module for
Compositing that is installed by default in Bodhi Linux.
It is named, strangely, Composite.
The only two Profiles that it is loaded in by default are the Compositing Profile and Fancy Profile, though it can be added to any. Simply go to Main Menu>Settings>Modules. There, you will find it under the Look tab.
This Compositing does two primary things. The first is to allow transparent/opaque window effects. In general this will be applied to inactive/non-focused windows. In the screenshot, you can see that Midori is not the focused window and, as such, the desktop is partially visible.
Compositing - BouncyThe other effect, which can't be captured in a screenshot, is causing windows to “bounce" when switching. Since it cannot be captured via screenshot, here is a desktop recording for your viewing pleasure!
If your browser does not support html5 video then, in essence, this effect gives a nice visual cue of which window is focussed when multiple windows are open.
Getting Rid of "Bouncy" WindowsMany users like the general effects of Compositing. At the same time, they end up disliking the “bouncy" effect that occurs when switching windows.
To disable this effect, go to Main Menu>Settings>All>Look>Compositing. Click on Advanced. In the lower part of the window, select anything other than default, click Apply, and you will no longer have “bouncy" windows.