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DockBarX already had Zeitgeist integration, but the latest 0.39.5 brings a new "Related" context menu entry which is similar to the "Related" Avant Window Navigator applet so you can finally have this in DockBarX too, even if you don't use it in AWN:

This submenu contains files that has been used recently (within the same day) by programs other than the one the button belongs to, but can be opened by the program. Example: If you recently opened a picture in eog, you can open it in gimp by right clicking gimp's group button and finding the picture in the "Related" submenu. (Unless, of course, you've also opened the file in gimp recently, then you'll find it in the recent menu instead).

To be able to use this new feature, you will have to install Zeitgeist:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zeitgeist/ppa && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install zeitgeist libzeitgeist-1.0-0



Other changes in DockBarX 0.39.5:

  • Recent and Most used works for OpenOffice now. It is a bit of a hack (technically, the submenu is populated with recent files that can be opened by OpenOffice instead of files recently opened by OpenOffice), so don't expect it to work perfectly.
  • The number of items in "Recent" and "Most used" submenus has been increased to eight and the timespan from which the Resent and Most used files are searched are increased from 14 days to 30 days.
  • Rules added for programs that couldn't be pinned automatically, like amarok 1.4 or thunderbird 2.
  • Launching is more compatible with freedesktop standards. This means among other things that launching multiple files should work with most programs now.
  • Launchers should be more stable now, since they no longer use different systems depending on if they were added by dragging an icon from gnome menu or by using "Pin application" option in the group button menu.

Install DockBarX In Ubuntu (Lucid and Maverick only - it fails to start in Karmic - sorry!):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dockbarx

Then right click a GNOME panel and select "Add to panel", then add DockBarX. Also, remember that you can now access the DockBarX preferences by going to Applications > Accessories > DockBarX Preference.

You can also install a bunch of extra themes using the following command:
sudo apt-get install dockbarx-themes-extra

To use DockBarX in Avant Window Navigator, see this post.


If you're not using Ubuntu, download both DockBarX and the extra themes package from Gnome Look. There is also a Debian repository with the latest DockBarX thanks to Hadret.
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