Window Magnifier Plugin

Fellow IntelliJ-ers,

Whilst out for a walk today, I was thinking about IntelliJ's UI. I like the floating popup windows and I like the autohide feature as well but I thought of yet another way to manage windows (size mostly) that I think would be more convenient. The idea (no pun intended) is this.

There would be a plug in that when activated, either by configuration or by holding down an activate key, would make an existing tool window go into floating mode BUT it would be enlarge to the point where all viewable content can be seen (or as much as possible). When the hot key is released or the user presses, escape, the floatiing window disappears and the state of the UI would return to normal. The primary targets for this feature is the "Project", "Structure", "Run, et. al", tool windows because they generally carry a lot of content. Also the floating window would not cause the UI to rearrange itself like the "auto-hide" feature does.

Is this non-sense? Is this possible with existing Open API? would you use it?

Than ks,

Justin

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I believe you can get the same effect by 'floating' those windows and using
a keymap to open them. For instance, I have the project window 'floated',
auto hide turned on, and the window mapped to alt-1. The first time you open
it you can expand it to as big as you want and IDEA well remember the size
the next time you open it.

"Justin Hopper" <jusbiz@oz.net> wrote in message
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Fellow IntelliJ-ers,

>

Whilst out for a walk today, I was thinking about IntelliJ's UI. I like

the floating popup windows and I like the autohide feature as well but I
thought of yet another way to manage windows (size mostly) that I think
would be more convenient. The idea (no pun intended) is this.
>

There would be a plug in that when activated, either by configuration or

by holding down an activate key, would make an existing tool window go into
floating mode BUT it would be enlarge to the point where all viewable
content can be seen (or as much as possible). When the hot key is released
or the user presses, escape, the floatiing window disappears and the state
of the UI would return to normal. The primary targets for this feature is
the "Project", "Structure", "Run, et. al", tool windows because they
generally carry a lot of content. Also the floating window would not cause
the UI to rearrange itself like the "auto-hide" feature does.
>

Is this non-sense? Is this possible with existing Open API? would you use

it?
>

Than ks,

>

Justin

>


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Auto-hide does not rearrange the UI if you don't have the tool window docked.

Justin Hopper wrote:

Fellow IntelliJ-ers,

Whilst out for a walk today, I was thinking about IntelliJ's UI. I like the floating popup windows and I like the autohide feature as well but I thought of yet another way to manage windows (size mostly) that I think would be more convenient. The idea (no pun intended) is this.

There would be a plug in that when activated, either by configuration or by holding down an activate key, would make an existing tool window go into floating mode BUT it would be enlarge to the point where all viewable content can be seen (or as much as possible). When the hot key is released or the user presses, escape, the floatiing window disappears and the state of the UI would return to normal. The primary targets for this feature is the "Project", "Structure", "Run, et. al", tool windows because they generally carry a lot of content. Also the floating window would not cause the UI to rearrange itself like the "auto-hide" feature does.

Is this non-sense? Is this possible with existing Open API? would you use it?

Than ks,

Justin


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