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xfce4-appfinder 4.8 Roadmap

Port to Garcon

Drop libxfce4menu and use garcon. There is already a branch for this.

Completed: 100% (merged into master)
Assignees: Nick, Jannis
Difficulty: Easy

Improve Keyboard Navigation

This one is rather easy to define: just improve navigation with the keyboard.


  • If one presses enter in the search field when there is only one item in the applications list, launch that application instead of focusing the item in the list.
  • Allow <Shift>Return or <Ctrl>Return to launch the selected application inside a terminal.
  • When the carret is at the extreme right of the search field and when the right arrow is pressed, focus the applications list. This might be a bad idea if the user presses right too long to navigate in the search field.

Completed: 0%
Assignee: Jannis
Difficulty: Easy

Use Startup Notification

Again, this one is simple. Right now, xfce4-appfinder uses exo-open to launch desktop entries. This was easy to implement, but we should really check if there is startup notification support in the desktop entry and if so, make use of it.

Completed: 100%
Assignee: Jannis Nick
Difficulty: Easy

Implement an Extension API (postponed to 4.10)

A vague idea of this was presented on http://gezeiten.org/post/2009/07/Appfinder-Ideas. Something like this could greatly improve the usefulness of the appfinder and integrate it more into the rest of Xfce. It could then also serve as a replacement for xfrun4, maybe with an alternative, stripped down interface.

Note: Nick also has some code for an improved appfinder for 4.10.

Completed: 0%
Assignee: Jannis
Difficulty: Tough