Debugger: Screen estate saving suggestion

Even though I am still waiting for flexible docking of the debugger tool window constituents, I am quite satisfied with the optical appearance and organization of the debugger tool window; in particular the easy way of hiding and restoring individual constituents is proceeding in a good direction.

In order to save additional vertical screen estate, I would suggest to not display icons for hidden tool window parts at the bottom but instead group them in the "Layout" submenu (possibly separated from the current menu entries by a horizontal line); this is also where these icons logically belong.
And please provide a keyboard shortcut for the "layout" submenu.

Regards,
Jens

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Then you would need several clicks to restore the tab instead of only one.

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"Jens Voss" <no_reply@jetbrains.com> wrote in message news:17684818.1180440845198.JavaMail.itn@is.intellij.net...

Even though I am still waiting for flexible docking of the debugger tool window constituents, I am quite satisfied with the
optical appearance and organization of the debugger tool window; in particular the easy way of hiding and restoring individual
constituents is proceeding in a good direction.

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In order to save additional vertical screen estate, I would suggest to not display icons for hidden tool window parts at the
bottom but instead group them in the "Layout" submenu (possibly separated from the current menu entries by a horizontal line);
this is also where these icons logically belong.
And please provide a keyboard shortcut for the "layout" submenu.

>

Regards,
Jens



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Then you would need several clicks to restore the tab
instead of only one.


I'll second this statement. Having learnt that I can maximise/restore debug panels with double-click and hide them with middle-click, I am suffering much less from the new debug UI. It still feels quite crowded at times, reminding me of M$ Dev Studio or Eclipse. I wish I could still share the same portion of the screen between two or more tabs, for example, Variables and Watches. Normally I do not use them both at the same time, however, having both Frames and Variables side by side proved to be very handy.
Overall, I think it is a step in a right direction, but we eventually need a fully functional window-docking functionality in place.

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Then you would need several clicks to restore the tab instead of only one.


Right; two, to be precise. But I'd rather have to do an additional click every once in a while (or even better, hit a couple of keys - that's why I asked for a keyboard shortcut to the "restore" menu) and be able to see more information in the mean time.

Best regards,
Jens

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but we eventually need a fully functional window-docking functionality in place.


+1 (one more time)

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Right; two, to be precise. But I'd rather have to do an additional click every once in a while (or even better, hit a couple of
keys - that's why I asked for a keyboard shortcut to the "restore" menu) and be able to see more information in the mean time.

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You would also need to "spot" the right item to click in the just opened popup. It's much easier to click directly on the button and
have tab expanded. Though I think the vertical space is also very important. We could have an option for such "grouping" so that one
could choose what's more important :)

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Best regards,
Eugene Zhuravlev
Software Developer
JetBrains Inc.
http://www.jetbrains.com
"Develop with pleasure!"


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The tab which I need most of the time is the "Variables" tab. "Frames"
(except the toolbar buttons) and "Watches" I use really seldom. From time to
time, esp. when showing some debug output, I also need the "Console".
Unfortunately, I can't place the "Variables" and "Console" right beside each
other with the other tabs hidden.

My suggestions:
- put the debug toolbar buttons (Show Execution Point, Step Over, ...)
parallel to the general debug toolbar buttons (Rerun Tomcat, Resume
Program, ...)
- add a toolbar to the right with toogle buttons for each tab
- allow somehow to place the tabs in what place I like - at least within the
Debug tool window (for now I don't care how difficult it is, e.g. by
editing an XML file)

Tom

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