Tool window UI changes

I like the new UI Look&Feel for the tool windows. But I think the text color for non-selected tabs should be something other than light grey. It's hard to make out against the shaded blue background. Perhaps black?

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Gordon Tyler wrote:

I like the new UI Look&Feel for the tool windows. But I think the text color for non-selected tabs should be something other than light grey. It's hard to make out against the shaded blue background. Perhaps black?


I think both active and inactive tabs should actually be rendered as some kind of tabs.
Just putting some text in a window's title bar does not indicate that there's something
"clickable" and is IMHO too subtle to discover.

Sascha

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Hello Sascha,

I think both active and inactive tabs should actually be rendered as
some kind of tabs. Just putting some text in a window's title bar does
not indicate that there's something "clickable" and is IMHO too subtle
to discover.


Yes, that was my thought as well..

-tt


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Hmm... How about using a diagonal line to separate the tabs, like the one used to separate the title. But make it slant the other way?

shrug I'm not a UI designer, but I'm sure the JB guys can come up with something.

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And PLEASE re-introduce some way to switch between different "tabs" within one tool window without having to touch the mouse.

I often debug several applications running simultaneously and need a way to quickly change between the sessions.

Thanks and best regards,
Jens

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Hello Jens,

And PLEASE re-introduce some way to switch between different "tabs"
within one tool window without having to touch the mouse.

I often debug several applications running simultaneously and need a
way to quickly change between the sessions.


Alt+Left/Right. You can also right-click on a tab title to see the context
menu with the usual tab switching actions.

--
Dmitry Jemerov
Software Developer
JetBrains, Inc.
http://www.jetbrains.com/
"Develop with Pleasure!"


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Alt+Left/Right.


Well, that sort of works. What's new (and a bit painful) is that after you do AltRight, the "focus" moves to the "Frames" tab, so in order to navigate back to the first debug session (with AltLeft), you first have to do "CtrlShiftTab" to give the " debug session tab" the focus. My fingers don't like that!

Regards,
Jens

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Yes, please make them look like tabs. I thought the tabs were gone and did
not notice them at all until I read this thread. They're currently way too
subtle and I missed them completely.

;ted

"Sascha Weinreuter" <sascha.weinreuter@NOSPAM-cit.de> wrote in message
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Gordon Tyler wrote:

>> I like the new UI Look&Feel for the tool windows. But I think the text
>> color for non-selected tabs should be something other than light grey.
>> It's hard to make out against the shaded blue background. Perhaps black?
>

I think both active and inactive tabs should actually be rendered as
some kind of tabs. Just putting some text in a window's title bar does not
indicate that there's something "clickable" and is IMHO too subtle to
discover.

>

Sascha



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I like the new look of the tool window header, however I do think that the UI is seriously mixed up now. Some tool windows are still using tabs for switching between contexts, but displaying the current context in the header (for example, Find tool window). Other tool windows started to use tab header to switch contexts, with clickable headers instead of tabs (for example, TODO tool window). This is extremely confusing, because you cannot tell from the first glance whether the header is "active" (clickable) or "passive" (information only). Also, when I detach the tool window and squeeze it horizontally, some clickable areas of the header are not accessible anymore.

My personal opinion: bring back tabs. Removing them was a false economy. I do not think that there are many people, who still develop Java apps on 15" monitors. Even if you sacrifice some screen estate for tabs, you gain much more in accessibility and do not leave the user guessing. Window header should contain only text information and buttons to control the window appearance (docking, hiding, etc.).

Minor thing: if the context label does not fit completely (not enough width to show a long class name), there is no tooltip to show the complete title.

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