Dexpot Preview and Fitt's Law

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Dexpot Preview and Fitt's Law

Postby traycerb » 07.04.2010 10:00:20

One small suggestion: Is it possible to have an option to remove the resizing border around the Dexpot Preview tool?

Here's my reasoning: Fitt's Law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitts%27s_law) is a computer interface rule that the smaller a target (eg a button you want to press) the longer it takes to get there.

This is why edges and corners of the desktop are easy to reach: they have essentially "infinte" width.

This relates to dexpot preview because I have it laid out vertically and autohide it on the right of my screen. Usually I get there by jamming my mouse all the way to the the right, and sliding down the edge until I get to my desired desktop. However, I can't simply mouse click there to switch desktips, because I only end up clicking on the resizing border. I need to move back to the left a bit before I click. Eliminating the border would make this switch easier, by using Fitt's law.

I understand you're probably rolling your eyes :roll: as this seems like a small point, but consider that most people rarely resize their Desktop preview, but are ALWAYS switching desktops. So it adds up! :D Let me know if you have any thoughts.

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Re: Dexpot Preview and Fitt's Law

Postby Patrick » 22.04.2010 17:32:50

:dex:

We've modified the behavior of the auto-hide feature such that when sliding out the preview, the window border adjacent to the screen edge stays hidden. Better compliance with Fitts' law without further cluttering up the settings...

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Re: Dexpot Preview and Fitt's Law

Postby elliotm » 28.05.2010 18:52:20

Glad to see this implemented!
Could there be an option to get rid of the "peeking" border of the Preview window as well? So you can't tell it's there at all until you place your mouse cursor on the screen edge. I'm a big minimalist (oxymoronic?)

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Re: Dexpot Preview and Fitt's Law

Postby Sebastian » 30.05.2010 17:33:29

:dex:,

filed in the bug tracker.
Thanks.
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Sebastian Brands, Dexpot GbR

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Re: Dexpot Preview and Fitt's Law

Postby traycerb » 20.09.2010 22:41:41

Thanks much for implementing this.

While I'm being greedy, any chance you can enable Desktop Preview to use mouse scroll to change desktops (like Desktop Manager)?

I don't have a fancy UI rule to invoke here, but mouse scroll is easier than button click. Maybe we can call it Traycerb's Law :lol:

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Re: Dexpot Preview and Fitt's Law

Postby traycerb » 23.09.2010 00:45:38

Nevermind my last request. There's a perfectly good alternative way to do this with autohotkey, which I posted here:

viewtopic.php?f=25&t=1922

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Re: Dexpot Preview and Fitt's Law

Postby Happy Deskpot User » 19.05.2011 06:12:45

As a very happy Dexpot user (Dexpotter ?) I have hardly anything to complain, but I was wondering if there´s any chance that elliotm´s request for a borderless desktop preview is going to be implemented?
It´s something that I also would very much appreciate, as I like my desktop very clean. Having the desktop background set to black, the little border peeking out, somehow gets on the nerves after a while. Really simple, but it will definitely make for a better user experience. Somehow "less is more" is so true.

Thanks for making such a great app!!!

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Re: Dexpot Preview and Fitt's Law

Postby Patrick » 24.05.2011 14:47:52

Happy Dexpot User wrote:I was wondering if there´s any chance that elliotm´s request for a borderless desktop preview is going to be implemented?

Yes, there is.

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Re: Dexpot Preview and Fitt's Law

Postby Happy Deskpot User » 25.05.2011 18:45:57

Thanks Patrick. That´s nice to hear.

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Re: Dexpot Preview and Fitt's Law

Postby Patrick » 26.05.2011 11:19:44

Would you like to become a beta tester to help us test this new feature?

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Re: Dexpot Preview and Fitt's Law

Postby Happy Deskpot User » 01.06.2011 06:50:03

Patrick wrote:Would you like to become a beta tester to help us test this new feature?


Sure Patrick, I´d be happy to help.

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Re: Dexpot Preview and Fitt's Law

Postby Happy Deskpot User » 01.06.2011 07:09:39

Having said that, I registered for the forum under my real name: Joop :)


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