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design:appfinder [2012/02/07 13:31]
andrzejr Added a section on panel plugin
design:appfinder [2012/02/22 17:09] (current)
amic [Comments]
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   * Not sure if we should hide the completion in expanded view. I guess we have to try it first, see if it feels natural. I think we should also skip the history popup menu, like we have it now in xfrun4, and expect users to use the expanded view for that.\\ That said I really like the design. Maybe we can use the space below the icon for the category list as well, but it looks clean and usable for sure. --- //​[[nick@xfce.org|Nick Schermer]] 2011/05/31 16:24//   * Not sure if we should hide the completion in expanded view. I guess we have to try it first, see if it feels natural. I think we should also skip the history popup menu, like we have it now in xfrun4, and expect users to use the expanded view for that.\\ That said I really like the design. Maybe we can use the space below the icon for the category list as well, but it looks clean and usable for sure. --- //​[[nick@xfce.org|Nick Schermer]] 2011/05/31 16:24//
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 +  * There is a problem with the up/down key : if you do two times down you are going in the expanded view, but now you cannot do up again to be in the reduced view (you have to do 2x Shift-Tab, and then Up. Concerning the history popup menu, I think it is a bad idea to remove it (this is what I use most). ​ --- //[[Amic]] 2012/02/22 17:03//
  
  
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 AppFinder preferences are available through a plugin context menu. AppFinder preferences are available through a plugin context menu.
 AppFinder plugin preferences (icon, visibility of a label etc.) are also available through the context menu. (a separate dialog?) AppFinder plugin preferences (icon, visibility of a label etc.) are also available through the context menu. (a separate dialog?)
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 +==== Implementation ====
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 +[[dev:​appfinder-plugin|Appfinder panel plugin]]
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 ==== Implementation Constraints ==== ==== Implementation Constraints ====
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 +  * I don't see what makes this easier then popping up the window. I feel more for a verve-like launcher for this.  --- //​[[nick@xfce.org|Nick Schermer]] 2012/02/07 14:13//
 +    * Well I think it's mostly about the look'​n'​feel of traditional appmenus like Windows used to promote them (but it seems they'​re perishing anyway). About the verve-idea: I don't see what makes it easier to put keyboard-focus into a panel-plugin than to hit a keyboard-combo to launch appfinder ;) No, seriously, I think "​power-users"​ don't need any of that. The straight-forward appfinder would be enough for them. It might still be worth to do such a plugin if it's not too much effort. ​ --- //​[[simon.steinbeiss@univie.ac.at|Simon Steinbeiß]] 2012/02/07 14:38//
 +    * Answering the "​why"​ question: think of it as of a better (at least for some users) applications menu. It can be bound to a key but it is still useful to have it in the panel - if only for discoverability for new users (just like the menu). Besides, "why _not_"?,​ appfinder is here and is pretty good, why not expose it a bit more.  --- //​[[ndrwrdck@gmail.com|Andrzej]] 2012/02/07 18:27//
 +  * Two observations related the dbus support in appfinder: 1) xfce4-appfinder doesn'​t install a .service file, 2) it doesn'​t have a --daemon command line option for starting only the service (without showing a window). --- //​[[ndrwrdck@gmail.com|Andrzej]] 2012/02/07 18:51//