I have (finally) found what the any-corner resizing application is called.
It's "!Resizer" (duh), by Nick Jarman, available from the
"Utils - Desktop/Misc (36)" page of the Arcade BBS:
Direct download link:
Abridged from Wikipedia:
Exposé allows a user to quickly locate an open window, or to hide all windows
and show the desktop without the need to click through many windows to find a
Exposé includes three separate features for organising windows:
- "All windows" feature shows all windows, shrinking their appearance so
they all fit on a single screen.
- "Application windows" is the same, but only for the currently active
application. The windows shrink less because there are fewer windows. This
set of windows can be cycled through with TAB.
- "Desktop" moves all windows off-screen, with just the edges of the
windows visible on one side of the screen.
The article goes' on to discuss various key/hotkey/mouse/screen combinations
used to activate the feature, most of which not used by mainstream
applications and not intrusive, eg pushing the mouse against screen corners.
Could be used in RO by pushing against screen top, as left/right used in
virtual desktop and bottom in alternative to f12.
Windoze Vista has Windows Flip 3D, whereby all open windows can be
animation-viewed in a manner similar to alt-tab application switching (or
shift-f2 (on !Zap only as yet(?)) on RO).
In conclusion, Exposé is a grouping of windows, a viewing mechanism for window
thumbnails (at various sizes), and a desktop/pinboard access mechanism.
The description implies MacOS has an concept of hidden windows, although how
comparable this is with iconised windows is unclear, particularly as iconised
objects appear on the desktop and hidden ones do not... As, er, explained by
hEgelia (above). This clarification appeals to me: Often I open multiple windows
in !Zap so I can search all of them for a summary list of substrings (f4, ctrl-A),
and I don't need all those (hundreds of) windows open at the same time, even if
they do tidily confine themselves to one region of the screen!
This generalises as grouping and cycling mechanisms.
MacOS currently limits the grouping to active applications; it would be nice
to have the option to do this or any set of applications / any set of windows,
possibly with overlapping and named sets allowed, maybe dragging windows between
Quite a variety types of grouping mechanisms are possible, only as subset on
any current platform of course! New ones need to be thought of, eg the
"Desktop Window" idea from my earlier post. There is an existing application,
albeit pinboard-only, that allows much of this, called !StickBoard,
by Sergio Monesi.
Additional desktop access mechanisms need to avoid the alt-ctrl-select-f11
excess combinations, maybe by adding an additional icon the window furniture,
or more functions to the iconise icon. A good example is dragging the resize
icon resizes a window; a bad one shift-alt copies text (which I like BTW) &
confines mouse region when patch used.
Effective & quick intuitive workflow is something to be careful about with
the user-interface to new desktop paradigms, not least because "mousecuts"
are being used up rapidly.
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Browsing through Wikipedia, some widgets seem to be missing from core RO support,
although they could be user-programmed relatively easily.
The Virtual Desktop is unknown on the PC, and MacOS lags behind with its "Spaces",
only having the most basic screen-switching support.
The MacOS Automator looks interesting. It allows inter-application desktop macros.
To some extent this is replicated in !Keystroke (which I have yet to fully master).
It would be nice to extend this to drag-and-drop, so you could automatically wait
for one application to finish processing a multiple selection, then pass it on to
another. Since pipes are already taken, and ditto hyperpipes, I propose calling
Then there is Windoze' rather bizarre "fold-and-drop" concept, to reach covered-up
objects, essentially an alternative transparency.
There are interesting things happening where web applications and website functionality
move closer together, such as Google Earth being mistaken by one of my friends for
"a pretty impressive website", when, of course, it isn't a website at all, and flickr's
interactive feedback uploader. Not all of these are difficult to program, as illustrated
by the buttons in dialogue boxes that invoke web pages and email programs, present on
virtually all platforms now.
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