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I've seen videos like this one in which a effect appears when the user made a click. What I want it's just the effect only, I don't care the colour of the cursor.

How can I make this effect when I do a click in Ubuntu 11.10?

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As indicated in this very similar question, your best option appears to be using keymon; it is fairly easy to customize it for an effect similar to what you see in your video.

1. Install keymon

From the Software Center, or via sudo apt-get install key-mon

2. Make its window minimal and enable the click indicator

  • The default window shows mouse and keyboard status, like:

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  • Unless you want it, let's get rid of all these; right-click on it window, and chose Settings:. Then, uncheck everything under Buttons:

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  • and set up the Misc tab as:

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  • This leaves you with a minimal status window:

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  • And the default click-indicator, which you don't like very much :)

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3. Customizing the mouse-click indicator and making the KeyMon window disappear

  • First, let's make the keymon window disappear. Simply run it from the terminal (you can set up a launcher, script or startup too) as:

    key-mon --scale=0.1
  • Next, the files we need to modify are in /usr/shared/pyshared/keymon, so cd to that folder.

  • Make the click-indicator bolder: in, find win.set_opacity(0.5) around line 58 and change the 0.5 to 1.0

  • Increase the fade-out time: at the end of, find gobject.timeout_add(200, self.hide) and change the 200 to e.g. 750 (it's in milliseconds)

  • Change the indicator: The indicators are simply SVG files, under themes/*/mouse-indicator.svg; you can edit these with Inkscape, etc. to customize it to whatever you want to be.

    • To get you started, I've created a red square like the one in your video. To "install it", just make sure keymon is not running, and download it this way (SVGs are just text files):
    sudo wget -O/usr/share/pyshared/keymon/themes/classic/mouse-indicator.svg
  • Now start keymon, and you'll see a nice red fading-out indicator like the one in your video around the cursor whenever you click/drag:

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Youtube Video Demo

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Thanks, now I'll modify the source and make *.svg files to customize. I also want to design an animation, not only an static image. Do you think there I can do this with a *.svg file or not? Do you know some program that can help me with this? – Lucio Aug 16 '12 at 23:43
In general, you can use inkscape to create and edit SVG files. As for an animation, the simplest, if you can do with a small number of animation steps, may be to just modify to quickly show, hide and show the appropriate SVGs, in sequence. BTW, please also consider awarding the bounty as it will be gone forever in a few hours...thanks. – izx Aug 17 '12 at 10:38
for quantal the package 1.13 is broken; a working package I found here‌​, was a bit tricky to find.. – Aquarius Power Dec 28 '13 at 6:36

You can install key-mon which apart from showing the mouse clicks,can also show key presses.For locating the mouse-pointer you have to run the command:

key-mon --visible_click
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The program is really interesting, it doesn't have the effect there I want but maybe modifying its source can do something similar. – Lucio Aug 16 '12 at 0:36
You can get the source code from here – ignite Aug 16 '12 at 7:58

You can achieve a similar thing with the Water effect in Compiz.

First watch a video about it (grabbed it on youtube): The results on the video may look like that it's not what you want, but you can change the settings later after you had enabled it.

Then definitely read What are some of the issues with ccsm and why should I not use it?

Then start.

First, install Compiz-Config by searching it in the Software center.

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Then, open the program by searching CompizConfig Settings Manager.

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Search for Water Effect and select the option

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Enable the effect, set a custom shortcut by clicking the option on Initiate, then click on the shortcut that you assigned, then have fun!

The effects might not be the one you wanted, so fool around with the 2 sliders until you like what you saw.

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The water effect lacks the option to be initiated by mouse input, am I right? If so, that wouldn't answer the question. – FuzzyQ Aug 10 '12 at 12:11
@Lucio You might want to try adding some more details in the question. Your title says you want a click effect, and here you say you don't want a click effect. – belacqua Aug 10 '12 at 19:17
@belacqua "here you say you don't want a click effect" Where? I say that this effect is produced by the movement of the mouse, not by the click – Lucio Aug 10 '12 at 22:09
@Lucio Perhaps I was misinterpreting your sentence "it isn't a click effect but a pointer effect". I'm not being critical for the sake of it ; I'm trying to make sure your question is understandable and therefore answerable. – belacqua Aug 13 '12 at 20:03

Without having to install anything, the only option is to enable "Show position of pointer when Ctrl is pressed"

  1. Go to System Settings > Mouse and Touchpad
  2. Check the box that says: "Show position of pointer when Control key is pressed"
  3. Done.

Press Ctrl and an orange radiating circle should show the position of the pointer.

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Your answer is very complicated and the effect isn't enabled by the click. – Lucio Jul 30 '12 at 20:04
That's correct, the effect isn't enabled by the click. You need to press the Control Key Ctrl on the keyboard, which should produce an orange radiating circle to show the position of the pointer. It's not ideal, I know, but it will get the job done if you needed it. – BullfrogBlues Jul 31 '12 at 6:26
Is not a necessity, is just a visual effect there I want. Thanks for you tip but my question remains unanswered. I want the effect by the click, avoiding push the Ctrl key all the time. – Lucio Jul 31 '12 at 22:20

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