transparent inactive, opaque active

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at
Fri Jan 6 13:24:48 CET 2006

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Hey all,

A few people have asked for functionality in xfwm4 to make inactive
windows translucent and keep the active, focused window opaque.  That's
probably not gonna happen, so I hacked up a little app to do it.  It's
pretty rough, but you can grab it here:

There are compilation instructions at the top of the file, and you have
to edit a #define if you want an inactive transparency of something
other than 20%.  Otherwise, just run it in the background and leave it
alone.  If you have more than one screen (non-Xinerama), it won't work
on anything but the primary screen.  Sorry.

Note that if you're using my 'transd' app, you should probably kill it.
 They won't play nicely together.  At some point I may integrate this
functionality into transd as an option.

Normal Brian's One-Off Crap Software rule applies: if it works, good for
you; if not, send me a patch or complain to /dev/null.  Sometimes it may
die with a BadWindow error.  I'll fix it later.


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