I've wanted to write a GTK+ version of Unity Dash for some time. I think it could be useful for Xfce, Gnome Flashback, elementaryOS, etc.

Before I start doing anything about it, I'd like to know if there are any high-level libraries to search Scopes, use filters, etc. A GIR-lib would be very nice.

Does anything like this exist, or am I going to have to do all the dbus stuff myself?

  • You might want to look at the libunity package. – Stephen M. Webb Jan 7 '14 at 23:06
  • You barely need one for Gnome, especially with this extension. As far as I know, Unity is embedded in Ubuntu itself, so may be hard to implement elsewhere. – Wilf Jan 7 '14 at 23:10
  • There's nothing particularly Ubuntu about Unity. But in this case, I'm primarily interested in Ubuntu, so that's fine in any case. The Unity services is not dependent upon the desktop. Many of the components are used in LXDE, Xfce, KDE and elementaryOS, among others. However, the dash remains unavailable on other desktops, because nobody has created one yet. – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Jan 8 '14 at 6:03
  • I've looked at libunity-api-doc, but I can't find anything related to Scopes at all. Noticed that this wasn't entirely clear in the question, so I edited it. – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Jan 8 '14 at 6:14
  • Gnome Flashback is not the same as Gnome Shell. It's the traditional desktop that we used to have in Ubuntu before Unity. – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Jan 8 '14 at 6:15

Gambas3 has an option to install UnitySC which lets you fill out a form and create items which will appear in Unity Dash. The unity plugin, doesnt create an application interface, but you can do that with gambas. Instead, you run UnitySC and fill the form accordingly, to get a link to the item in dash, and Icons, comments, etc. enter image description here

So, when I compiled Gambas3, It did not make an Icon for gambas3 in the Dasah menu. Ah, but I can fix that right now! here using the UnitySC tool, I added gambas3 to the dash menu, and to the unity bar, with the Icon I screen captured from the gambas website.

Gambas  in dash

Gambas in unity bar

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    I think what he wants to do is make a version of Unity Dash for other DE's like XFCE. – It's Willem May 23 '15 at 2:55
  • I didn't read it that way initially, but I see what you mean, now that you have said this. – j0h Aug 23 '15 at 19:21

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