Last update 2001/07/23
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AfterStep, A alike X11-Window Manager
- Primary Resources
- AfterStep Clients
- Features and Disadvantages
- Sample popup menus
- AfterStep Clock
- Sample Screenshot
AfterStep is an X11 Window-Manager of one of the best designed.
Nowadays Enlightenment and
WindowMaker provide more up-to-date
design approach, but still lack of
a good Pager.
AfterStep comes with it where you can create multiple "virtual-screens"
which each can be 2x2 to physical size each. The Pager has been ported
from FWVM which is very stable, but
doesn't look that well.
Future will be Enlightenment and WindowMaker, hope they implement a good Pager.
KDE or Gnome are more
wholesome approaches. See for more WindowManagers:
There are now two AfterStep developed (fortunatly or unfortunately):
I personally go for AfterStepClassic.
|AfterStep3. Primary Resources
|Official AfterStep.OrgFrank S. Fejes's maintained web-page, there you find mini-FAQ, latest distribution etc. check his site first, before you read this webpage.
||GnutStep.OrgOpenStep by GNU
|Other Sites|| ||
|AfterStep4. AfterStep Clients
|AfterStep5. Features and Disadvantages
AfterStep is a NeXT-Desktop alike X11-window manager, it has
some advanced design and look-and-feel better as many other X11 window managers (twm, fvwm).
The main reason why I use AfterStep because of the design (yup, I
like things which look good on screen).
As AfterStep is even alike NeXT-Desktop look-and-feel,
all icons have always the same size (64x64 on screen), not all people like this
Iconified applications haven't any label, this means you can't immediatly see what is
what (except it has its own unique icon), but there the Window-list module helps you there:
So, if you are interested you have a good-looking window-manager,
you may consider to use AfterStep for sometime. If you don't
like the design implied restrictions, choose FVWM.
Since AfterStep is based on FVWM, you can share all your
modules (like FvwmPager) and so, but keep in mind, that Wharf's ModuleShallow
in your .steprc can only shallow quadratic windows (ie. FvwmPager 0 3, 4 virtual screens) in
48x48 doesn't look good at all. You have to run FvwmPager indepedent of Wharf then, .steprc:
Module "I" FvwmPager 0 3
Module "I" FvwmPager 0 3
|AfterStep6. Sample popup menus
In the sample.steprc in the distribution are popup menus
defined, here two examples:
Popup "Window Ops"
Title "Window Ops"
Function "Move" Move-or-Raise
Function "Resize" Resize-or-Raise
Function "(Un)Maximize" maximize_func
Refresh "Refresh Screen"
Exec "Xterm" exec xterm -e tcsh -l &
Exec "Netscape 1.12" exec netscape.12 -geometry 585x565 &
Exec "Netscape 3.0" exec netscape -geometry 680x565 &
Popup "Applications" Applications
Popup "Utilities" Utilities
Popup "Games" Games
Popup "Modules" Module-Popup
Popup "Exit" Quit-Verify
For detailes how to change or add menus, look at sample.steprc.
|AfterStep7. AfterStep Clock
AfterStep.98a16 or later you need to MaxShallow the asclock
in your .steprc, also with -shape option:
*Wharf asclock nil MaxSwallow "asclock" asclock -shape &
Beside, you may consider to add SmartPlacement in .steprc so if
there is space on your desktop the applications will be placed automatically.
Advantage: when you start AfterStep all started application which
get shallowed in Wharf (as example) appear without your interaction, else
you have to set a position first if you haven't SmartPlacement
set. Or explicit add in your .Xresources or .Xdefaults following line:
AfterStep without asclock wouldn't be AfterStep!
Thanks to Beat Christen who programmed asclock.
Finally I implemented asclock as NeXTClock in Java.
|AfterStep8. Sample Screenshot
That's a clean (means almost empty) desktop screenshot:
1280x1024 (reduced to 10%) and my .steprc,
and check my backgrounds
More information on AfterStep later ...
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