Written by psnizek the 11 Apr 13 at 09:55.
Related project: Unity.
Proposal is about:
- better cope with having many apps locked-in to the sidebar
- improve sidebar as task-switcher alternative to [alt]-[tab]
- often loosing sidebar when scrolling down (autohide)
- running apps are shown in the original locked-in "home" position which can become inconvenient (if many apps locked-in and scrolling is needed)
- show running apps in the top area of the sidebar. When app is closed the app icon shall return to it's original "home" position.
- optionally have a "preferred apps" zone in the sidebar for apps that are being used often, but not running yet.
- keep a zone for locked in apps
- introduce column heads for "running", "preferred" and "locked-in" that allows expansion and collapsing of each respective zone (perhaps triggerd with "mouse hover" over the zone or with a click on the column head).
If I am forced to scroll the sidebar down, I often loose it (bar autohides) when not paying attention to an exact movement with of the mouse and need to start all over again which over time is annoying. It's really about dragging the mouse precisely in a straight line, scrolling, searching, playing seek and hide...
If I want to use the unity bar as task switcher then I often need to scroll the bar all the way down to the position where I have originally locked in my app. Not locked-in apps are listed even at the very bottom of the sidebar when running. That doesn't make awful lot of sense from a usability pont of view. In cases where many instances of apps are running concurrently [alt]-[tab] rotation is not very convenient.