Beryl Tip – Desktop Octagon


Everyone seems to associate beryl with a 3D rotating cube.  Well, try this in beryl-settings-manager:

  • General Options menu, General Options – change Horizontal Virtual Size to 8.
  • Desktop menu, Rotate Cube – increase the Zoom setting (mine is around 14).
  • Visual Effects menu, 3D Effects – check “Draw backsides of windows” under Advanced.
  • Visual Effects menu, 3D Effects – check “Enable window depth”
  • Play around with the various acceleration, time-step, speed interval, and transparency settings.
  • Add skycaps and a skydome, and turn on rotating with mouse wheel.

You will end up with transparent rotating desktop octagon or other other polygonal desktop (past 10 really looks busy) with pop-out 3D application windows that float over the desktop – looks even more impressive than a rotating cube.  All rotating in your skydome backdrop image.

Beryl just rules.

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