Sticky windows / sticky situation

April 11, 2007

Now that Vista is released and confirmed to be unimaginative, we can go back to thinking about expanding the desktop experience in sensible ways.  It’ll be interesting to watch our HCI experts work with Plasma over the life of KDE 4.  One Apple video example: sticky windows and tab holders.

Apart from being cool, and seemingly intuitive…how would it work with a multi-desktop experience?  Will users be forced to drag to the applet that shows the desktops?  Will users only get a tab option for several seconds and then the option goes away?  Can you still leave a window between desktops?  What does this mean to different compositing engines?  What about dual monitors and extended desktops?  What about three monitors in a dual desktop in a vmware image being accessed through VNC…and then you put on 3D glasses….these are all important questions to ask.

Conclusion: It’s early and I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, I just wanted to post a video.


7 Responses to “Sticky windows / sticky situation”

  1. Rog Says:

    Awfully reminiscent of prototypes for slicker circa 2002 ….

  2. Ralesk Says:

    “One Apple video example: sticky windows and tab holders.” — ah, so apparently some of them do want a taskbar-like something afterall 🙂 Really nice though, I like the subtleties or it and all.

    “how would it work with a multi-desktop experience?” — currently, in KDE at least, you can set the taskbar to show (or not show) non-current-desktop windows’ entries. I guess it could have a similar option. Drag-and-touch-screen-edge could otherwise traverse over desktops as usual.

    “Can you still leave a window between desktops?” — half of it here, half there? Entry counts local to all desktops the window touches, if the window is foreign to us, pop up desktop when upper left corner is located. Never found placing a window half-here half-there anywhere useful though…

    etc. 🙂

  3. Daniel Says:

    Brilliant! First, Apple builds in a crap-olisious, horrendously inadequate window management system into its OS, and then, someone else solves that stupidity by allowing people to make tabs all around the screen.

    Practically all “inventions” of Mac OS window management come to overcome its own shortcomings.

  4. Chani Says:

    hrm. shiny, but not new or useful. it’s like a taskbar that stuff can be dragged off of or something. also, I know I’ve seen something like this when I was playing with other desktops (all I remember is that I wasn’t in gnome or kde) – except they were squares instead of tabs. and probably didn’t have the auto-hide.

  5. Diederik Says:

    Well it looks nice. However, you can also drag items on the taskbar entry on the mac. So I don’t really see the point of dragging items there. The sticky tabs remain cool for other things though 🙂

    Note the Dock is like the Taskbar and quicklaunch in one. The first click opens the application, the second click restores the application windows. Dragging something on the icon either opens the application with that file, or drags the file to that open application

  6. Lans Says:

    Well, looks pretty cool. However, I don’t think it’s so useful – you will probably get bored making tabs from window after halv an hour.

    I dislike OS X dock – to launch applications, I use keyboard shortcuts (win+letter) or Katapult/Alt+F2. I like to have a taskbar, that shows which windows I have opened. About the “desktop clutter”, I prefer virtual desktops.

  7. Ralesk Says:

    Chani: wasn’t that NextStep? And as such, probably GNUStep?

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