Project MyUnity, headed by Fabio Colinelli, has reached version 2 and supports Natty Nawrhwal or Ubuntu 11.04. The latest version comes with a revamped interface and some excellent new features. If you were looking for an independent and small system utility to run Ubuntu tweaks on your system, then you are most likely to find your best solution in Project MyUnity.
The updated version, offers a lot of scope for customization of Unity launcher, Dash and Panel, since using the Compiz Config Settings Manager (CCSM) tool to tweak these basic features could well lead to unnecessarily working on system features.
MyUnity Tool ensures tweaking Unity desktop remains simple
According to its developer, Italian Fabio Colinelli, the latest version includes improved Graphical User Interface (GUI) increasing the user experience of tweaking Unity and now supports the earlier version Ubuntu 11.04 entirely.
With Canonical too accepting Project MyUnity into the repository, this great App is soon to be available by default, on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin).
Rich and Animated Interface
For those who have not been very confident on the CCSM and have put of tweaking features on Unity, the interface MyUnity offers is truly refreshing. The attractive interface is well polished and allows quick interaction as changes or tweaks in ‘settings’ are applied on a live-basis.
The interface offers a slider-like interaction, as transition of tweaked changes follows a animated sequence.
Moving from one configuration page to the next is easy because of the navigation button placed on the right-edge
Each configuration page has a reset button at the bottom-right. This helps to install the default Unity settings rapidly, in case you mess-up or come to prefer the default setting itself.
It works very nicely by grouping together related or similar settings into one window. Some of the more interesting features include-
Changing Dash, Launcher & Panel transparency
Easy to adjust blurred Dash
Place the following icons on the desktop itself – Home, Trash, Networking, Devices
Adjustment of launcher size, hiding preferences and backlights becomes easier
Resize system font, document font, Monospace font, itself can be tweaked as are RGBA or hinting
Major feature is the Reset Settings that reinstalls configuration to default settings
Soon to come- translations to Brazilian Portuguese, Deutsch, French as well as Spanish
Some Limitations of the Tool
That the entire tool is in Italian is perhaps its only drawback as of now. Since, the English versions are purportedly, just a few paces away, installing this simple yet powerful tool, should help you overcome all your Unity desktop jitters.
Install MyUnity in Ubuntu 11.04 and Ubuntu 11.10 via PPA
Open terminal and enter the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:myunity/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install myunity
The latest version, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) does not require PPA and can be directly installed from Ubuntu Software Center.