A quick and elegant method to launch applications, manage windows, manage current session, control multimedia application, ..etc using a circular pies.
Gnome-Pie allows you to easily launch applications from a different “Pie” shapes. Simply use the keyboard shortcuts for a specific Pie to launch application from it. Gnome-Pie comes pre-loaded with 6 pies. Each one controlled with keyboard shortcuts can be modified form pie settings icon. Also, you can add additional pies for more applications and different usage.
Gnome Pie is not only controlled using the keyboard shortcuts. You can launch Pies using the terminal, mouse gesture, and configure it CCSM “Compizconfig-settings-manager” to launch Pies by hovering the mouse cursor to screen edges. Check the documentation for more information.
Gnome Pie Settings
Gnome-Pie comes with some Pie themes could look suitable for different desktop environment such as Unity “Ubuntu”, Pantheon “Elementary OS”.
Changing the activation radius for the Pie is quite helpful, specially if you have many applications on a single pie. So, if you increase the activation radius, you have to be precise for selecting the application icon. simple keep the mouse cursor and you will be able to launch the application within the activation radius.
Check the “Start Gnome-Pie on login” if you want the application auto start with the system startup.
Also, you can change the icon size by change “Global Scale” and limit the number of slices per Pie.
A quick Video for Gnome-Pie in Action
[How to]: Install Gnome-Pie 0.6.2 on Ubuntu using PPA
[note]Gnome-Pie still under development. Gnome-Pie crashed a few times with me when I tried to drag and drop application to some Pies. Also, the graphical user interface looks wired if you activate the stack switcher or the header bar if you are running Unity desktop. That issue already mentioned in the announcement of Gnome-Pie 0.6.2. Hopefully it will be fixed in the upcoming releases.[/note]
The latest release of Gnome-Pie 0.6.2 is currently available for Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet), Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and its derivatives.
Run Terminal and type,
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:simonschneegans/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-pie
For other Linux distribution, you can compile it from the source. Click Here for more Information.
Check the official announcements of Gnome-Pie 0.6.2 Here.