Improving the desktop

Did you take a look at Eclipse and thought, they have a more powerful
desktop framework, because you can arrange frames as you want, even
above each other?

This is possible with plain JAVA, too. Take a look at
http://www.jidesoft.com/products/dock.htm . Do you want to see such a
desktop in the next release?

Cheers,
Tom

PS: I know, this is just a low priority, but never underestimate
usability issues.

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Cool link, thanks Thomas!
It would be really nice to have such drag-and-dock feature in one of the next releases of IDEA. Is there an SCR for it?

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On Mon, 20 Jan 2003 11:00:49 +0100, Thomas Singer wrote:

Did you take a look at Eclipse and thought, they have a more powerful
desktop framework, because you can arrange frames as you want, even above
each other?


Personally - I found the eclipse UI too easily cluttered, very quickly I
found I had diff views and other things wanting to take up a fair amount
of space to be usable popping up all over the place, really annoyed me.
NOt tried a recent build thou.

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Please try the JIDE demo. Eclipse was just an example (maybe not a
good one).

Tom

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Thomas Singer wrote:

Did you take a look at Eclipse and thought, they have a more powerful
desktop framework, because you can arrange frames as you want, even
above each other?

This is possible with plain JAVA, too. Take a look at
http://www.jidesoft.com/products/dock.htm . Do you want to see such a
desktop in the next release?

Cheers,
Tom

PS: I know, this is just a low priority, but never underestimate
usability issues.


I rather the way Idea does it at the moment. The panels tuck out of the
way nicely when not needed and things don't get too cluttered.

How would you like the desktop arranged?

Regards,

Glen

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Please don't take Eclipse as an example of usability. I think IntelliJ is quite nice the way it is. If the docking thing is attractive, you can achieve similar effects by right-clicking on the window title bar and selecting the position (left, right, bottom, top).

Justin

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Hi Glen,

>I rather the way Idea does it at the moment. The panels tuck out of the
>way nicely when not needed and things don't get too cluttered.

This is possible with JIDE's Docking Framework, too.

>How would you like the desktop arranged?

Maybe the package and the structure view above each other on the left
side?

Try out the demo and you'll see. It's exactly the framework (at least)
I would like to have in IDEA.

Tom

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>Please don't take Eclipse as an example of usability.

I agree, they have some major usability problems compared to IDEA, but
I think, JIDE makes it even better (it even looks like they are using
IDEA, because some things look a little bit IDEA-ish).

Tom

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How would you like the desktop arranged?


For example, I'd like the Project and Structure panes to span the whole window height always. Currently, when I open any bottom pane, the Structure pane becomes shorter.

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I, too, would like to see IDEA eventually have the flexibility exhibited in
JIDE. Or, at the very least, something like what is described in this SCR:

http://www.intellij.net/tracker/idea/viewSCR?publicId=8332

chris

"Sergei S. Ivanov" <jiveadmin@jetbrains.com> wrote in message
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How would you like the desktop arranged?

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For example, I'd like the Project and Structure panes to span the whole

window height always. Currently, when I open any bottom pane, the Structure
pane becomes shorter.


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