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Kietna Qu'Tak

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All popup windows in active panel as new tab
« on: October 10, 2012, 14:56:40 »
Hello. I really like the idea that when I'm opening for example Core Settings, Explorer Panel settings and File Search they are opening inside the panel, just as new tab. It's natural behavior because users of double-panel file managers are used to operating on panels with tabs. Can You consider making all popup windows to be opened as tabs inside active panel? All actions that require some additional space (like Ctrl+F popup window in File Search) could be integrated to the panel as well. They could be minimize into a small bar (with for example name and shortcut to maximize) on the bottom/top of the panel and when pressed this will slide up/down just to set some additional settings. In case of File Search one could set search query, press Start and the popup window fill be automatically minimized to the small bar. How about that?
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Re: All popup windows in active panel as new tab
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2012, 21:59:02 »
It would be possible to show some of the dialog windows inside a tab panel. That was the idea from the start. But it was so so much easier and faster to create normal Dialog Windows, But some of the dialog windows might change, I have some task about doing that.

And about search.. That is one part of the UI that I'm really not happy with and I want to change it. But I have not really decided how I will change it. I have not been able to design a UI for search that I'm really happy with yet. But I will consider your suggestions when I will try redesign it again.
But at the moment the redesign of Search is put on hold since I'm currently prioritizing adding some new features instead of changing some existing.


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Re: All popup windows in active panel as new tab
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2012, 23:05:08 »
I can imagine that when You have so many good ideas then You want to do them at once :-) But take Your time, I would love to see more functions in the tabs especially if those functions can be operate similar to files (keyboard controls).

I don't think that search tab has bad design. Maybe only this Ctr+F window was a bit distractive on the beginning but event if You won't manage to make it minimize to small bar with sliding panel then it's ok, it's not a problem to get use to it. In fact Your search panel is much more convenient than in other tools I was using in past few years. First off all when I try to navigate through found files/folders I'm not loosing search list. It's great that when I double click on one item in search panel then it's focused on the other panel and I still have the search result in front of me. The only think I would like to see is the list view instead of details but I can understand that list view is in early stage of development in MC.

BTW: When I disable Path column in search panel just to save some space for long file names, then this column is visible again when I open search panel later.
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