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to 3D or not 3D the desktop, Darkwyrm weighs in

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Posted by:Yez on Tuesday, 17 Apr, 2007 @ 9:37 PM
 
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DarkWyrm has taken the time to write down why he feels that a 3D accelerated Haiku Desktop would provide a better user experience for all users. A 3D accelerated desktop is not just for eye candy anymore. DarkWyrm explains how a 3D desktop could easily be used to provide a lot more function than form for users. Read up and let us know what you think about Haiku having a 3D accelerated desktop.



2 Responses to “to 3D or not 3D the desktop, Darkwyrm weighs in”

  1. Izomiac Says:

    Some very interesting ideas. While I’m mostly in favor of his suggestions, I do think that it has a problem with scaling up. Take, for instance, the tab drawer. It seems like it would work well for 10 or so applications, but what about if you have 50? It’s also spatially arranged, so adding one application could very dramatically shift the location of an icon (puts in on the next row for example). Likewise, the idea for minimization looks cool, but I’m not sure I’d want to use it if I had a lot of windows open. (Tracker for example, since they’d look almost identical and one could reasonably have 10 - 15 folders open at a time.)

  2. Alex Says:

    …and don’t forget, the taskbar is still better. Any window in the current workspace is a single click away. If it’s in a different workspace, that’s two clicks. Anything iny my current workspace can be seen on the taskbar - I don’t have to press a button just to see what windows I have minimized.

    I like the idea of accelerated desktops, and I think there is plenty of room for improvement in the BeOS UI (or any OS’s UI, for that matter), but these changes are nothing groundbreaking.

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