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Usability Test: optimized desktop space

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by trollo321 16 comments

This is knemo. - Sep 07 2004
Usability Test: optimized desktop space

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by trollo321 16 comments

>...most users would (including me) really miss the close/min/(max) buttons and a full spectrum title

Yes, I miss them too, at least as much as when I am in full screen mode.
There could be an icon similar to the "full screen" mode icon appearing when [window.max+window.noBorder] is activated. But this require real kde-programming.
Anyway, one does't have to use the "no borders" option. The system still performs well with normal maximized windows. But there I would like windows top frames from Plastik or Bagira or others to graphically better (smoothly) integrate with the top kicker (see the 3 screenshot) - Sep 07 2004
Usability Test: optimized desktop space

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by trollo321 16 comments

> I like the combination ...

So do I ;-)

> Might be an idea to leave the taskbar at the bottom though

I've tryed on the second screenshot.
I used the external taskbar alone becasue of color problems. I like it too. I think it looks good. Of course I reduced the size of the top kicker.

But I find it more stressing to use the taskbar because I don't look so often at the bottom of the screen and because the color contrast between the application window and the taskbar isn't that good compared to when it is included in the kicker. - Sep 06 2004
Usability Test: optimized desktop space

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by trollo321 16 comments

> don't get me wrong, but ...
I don't and thanks for the comments. I agree with you, but for most of the menu entries of all applications I do keep the position at y=0. So it is not that bad. For most applications only Settings and Help menus will be at y=0+Dy. So not far away off.

> personally, i feel the taskbuttons are pretty useless...
I use alt+Tab all the time too (especially pleasing expeinrence now that kde 3.3 is out). But for me taskbar is still very usefull. It reminds me of which applications are opened, which one are minimized, activated. I can managed the state of the application whithout activating the application itself,...
I agree that it could look nicer.

> what i really use more (most) is the kicker executor
Agreed, but I am used to Alt+F2. So I don't need watching at an empty field all the time ;-)
And I agree that the startmenu is a shame. I never use it. Like the file-search tool. Very bad :-(

My problem is that I think I need a large "kicker" to show all the information I need. And I don't want to have to look at the bottom and then at the top of the screen all the time (see answer+screenshot for the next comment). With your bagira theme, you get read of part of the problem by removing the taskbar, the virtual desktops,... So a single small kicker fits your needs.
But what do you think of maximized apllications without borders. I mostly work with maximized windows. Is it true for you too ?, for most of the people here ? - Sep 06 2004
Usability Test: optimized desktop space

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by trollo321 16 comments

Thanks - Sep 06 2004