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Re: On left-clicking the launcher with multiple instances running


I found this, which I think would dramatically improve the SPREAD functionality: https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity/+bug/923168

It presents a good idea that would be really nice for keyboard shortcut lovers. The "bug" says that you activate spread and then can be able to use the down/up keys to move the launcher-focus arrow to the icons that have an application represented in the Spread.

I'm really hoping we see this in 12.04 or some kind of improvement (like being able to close individual windows from within spread).

Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:41:03 +0000
From: mark@xxxxxxxxxx
To: estelar57@xxxxxxxxxxx
CC: unity-design@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [Unity-design] On left-clicking the launcher with multiple instances running


    On 13/02/12 15:42, Omar B. wrote:
        1) spread/scale needs quite some improvements, as it hasn't seen
        any at all since its introduction.


        here you can see the problem in more detail.



        it has been forgotten for a while, so it still resembles the old
        expose from like 2006.


    We would take patches for:


      *some improvements to the scale would be:


        -window titles on the previews


        -highlight current active window


        -close button on hover to easily get rid of windows that are
        just cluttering.


        -automatically show scale after a few seconds hover?



    I think all of those are worth trying. We would probably not be
    interested in:


    -assign each window preview a number or
      letter to remember for faster switching


      -static position of the previews for predictability



    Because we'd rather do a dash-style text search than randomly
    assigned hotkeys (you know what you are looking for, rather than
    hunting for the window then hunting for the hotkey assigned to it


    As for static positioning, I think there should be a *bias* to
    re-use of window positions, but not at the expense of crappy use of
    the space. It's a spread, use the space.




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