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Compiz Fusion Community News for July 9, 2008

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This edition we cover some of the more new plugins coming our way from both official and unofficial development trees. Highlights this week are:

* Cool stackswitch plugin by onestone
* Eye-Candy wizard plugin
* Grid plugin for organising windows
* ADDialog plugin
* Experimental tests with input redirection in freewins
* Experimental tests with Real ARGB, pick a color and it goes transparent.
* Cube-Model plugin

News in Features

Stackswitch

It’s already been plugged on his blog, but considering that it’s new and onestone made it, I should probably talk about it. The new stackswitch plugin by onestone is another 3D switcher, inspired by an idea given to him by Mark Shuttleworth at the Ubuntu Developers Summit. It puts desktop windows on a sort of ‘table’ where all windows are layed out like cards and flipped up to be seen as you tab through them. You can see all the windows as you can with scale and they tab up to reveal themselves. Below is a screenshot:

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