GEPS 004: My Gramps and Gadgets
Proposed changes for enhancing GRAMPS by adding a new GUI API that allows data to be displayed on the screen, with graphical objects such as tables, buttons, text entry, links, etc. This would effectively be able to turn a user plugin into an interface for moving, say, the active person in the main window, or, possibly, for user-defined data entry.
Allows users to add to the GRAMPS interface. A new page, currently called "My Gramps", would be created that allows for customized "gadgets" that perform various functions (other than tools and reports). This might include: interactive shells, TODO lists, logs, debugging tools, and various "folders" for organizing groups of people, families, or other objects.
A prototype is now available for exploration and testing. To activate the prototype, add the following line to your .gramps/keys.ini file in the interface section:
This should be all on one line. You can change the order (and leave some pages out) as well with this key. (You can also add pages multiple times, but that isn't as useful as the active object on one page will change it on another).
On start up, the file gadgets.ini is looked for in the user's .gramps subdirectory. If it is not found, a set of gadgets are created, currently a Message Gadget with a welcome message and a Stats Gadget.
You can drag the Properties button (top left) of each gadget to move it around the screen. Clicking the Properties will (currently) detach the gadget from My Gramps and place it in its own window. The window will stay open regardless of page (relationship, pedigree, etc). Closing the detached view will put it back onto My Gramps. If you quit Gramps with a open gadget, when you start gramps again, it will open automatically.
You can add new gadgets by right clicking on an open space on My Gramps. You can also change the number of columns by right-clicking an open area on the My Gramps page.
What is a GRAMPS gadget? A GRAMPS gadget is a view of data that either changes dynamically during the running of GRAMPS, or provides interactivity to your genealogical data. What is the difference between gadgets, reports, quick views, and tools?
- Reports provide a static output format of your data, typically for printing
- Quick View provides a typically short, interactive listing derived from your data
- Tools provide a method of processing your data
- Gadgets provide a dynamic view and interface to your data
There are currently 8 proof-of-concept gadgets:
- Welcome Gadget
- Top Surnames Gadget
- TODO Gadget
- Statistics Gadget
- Python Gadget
- News Gadget
- Session Log Gadget
- Calendar Gadget
This section will describe each gadget and its proposed functionality
The welcome gadget gives an introductory message to new users, and some basic instructions.
TODO: add links to parts of manual, links to bring up windows.
Top Surnames Gadget
The top surnames gadget shows the top 10 (by default) used surnames. Double-click a surname to run the Same Surnames Quick Report.
Change the number of names displayed by editing this section in ~/.gramps/gadgets.ini
The TODO gadget is free form text. This is persistent between sessions. Open more than one to save different info. Change the title of the gadget by editing the section name in ~/.gramps/gadgets.ini
The Statistics gadget runs a copy of the code from the Statistics report.
The Python gadget brings up a Python Shell for interpreting python expressions. You can type most any (single line) Python expression. In addition, the environment has been populated with some useful variables, including self (this Python gadget), Date, uistate and dbstate. The Date entry is a date object constructor, and can be used for date arithmetic. For example, you might be interested in answering these questions:
What was the date 56 years ago:
> Date(2007, 12, 31) - 56 1951-12-31
How old was someone on Sept 3, 1955 who was born on June 7, 1922:
> Date(1955, 9, 3) - Date(1922, 5, 7) (33, 4, 7)
(About 33 years, 4 months, and 7 days).
The News gadget reads the wiki news page. TODO: add links and formatting.
Session Log Gadget
The session log keeps track of activity in this session. By default, it only shows each entry once. Change this behavior by editing this section in ~/.gramps/gadgets.ini. Click a name to change the active person; double-click to bring up the edit page for that person.
The Calendar gadget shows a monthly calendar, with events marked (in bold day numbers). Double-click a day to run the "On This Day" Quick Report.
These are all defined in src/plugins/DefaultGadgets.py
The simplest gadget:
from DataViews import register def init(gui): gui.set_text("Hello world!") register(type="gadget", # case in-senstitive keyword "gadget" name="Hello World Gadget", # gadget name, unique among gadgets height = 20, # default size content = init, # function/class; takes guigadget title="Sample Gadget", # default title, user changeable )
Using the Gadget class, however, provides more functionality. It has a number of method possibilities:
- init- run once, on construction
- active_changed- run when active-changed is triggered
- db_changed- run when db-changed is triggered
- main- run once per db change, main process (a generator-must use yield at least once. yield True means true that there is more; yield False means all done)
There are methods for saving/loading data, and interacting with the gui. More details to come...
This type of proposal is discussed on these threads:
There is also a Feature Request to remind us: