[Last edited on 2008. October 14. (Tue) 8:23]
When discussing different development ideas here on Lost In The Box, and in private/instant messages, I was asked to write down these ideas for further discussion. Not thet I would think these were "killer" ideas, but I try to create a list here in this new topic, unless the list admins want to create a "not that killer ideas" subforum. My intention is that as time allows, I edit the opening post to keep these together.1.) SBX plugin - reorder tasks of a given workplace in the taskbar.
Currently I found that XZero450's SystemBarEx
is the most feature-full bar out there, so this is addressed to him personally:
It would be nice if the tasks could be reordered in the bar. Sending them to other workspaces work very well, and I guess this could work similarly from the menu: "Move Left on bar" / "Move Right on bar".2.)Plugin to detect if the PC has come back from standby/hibernation, and perform tasks accordingly
Similarly to startup methods (Shortcuts in the Startup directory of your profile, HKLM/..../Run in registry) that start applications once the OS has started, I would need a solution to start applications or scripts once my PC has woke up from standby or hibernation.
The reason is that mostly I use standby when I take home my laptop from my office, or when I take it back. This means, that after turning on the laptop, it changes the resolution. I have an autohotkey script that I manually run when this happens, and the script changes wallpaper, width of the bar, placement of different BBI frames and samurize configs. I wish this happened automatically without having to manually start this script.3.) BBI plugin - add BB menus from BBI scripts.
When trying to emulate a startbar solution seen in a concept shot of cairoshell
, it would be nice if I could add custom BB menus instead of placing buttons -> edit the caption->edit the mouseclick action -> align the placement of such buttons, I could just add and set palcement/width/height of a BB menu.4.) Pinnable application menus
If you're getting used to BB menus, not just the consistent look and feel but also the way how they are pinnable, sometimes you miss that the menus of the actual applications (for which you turn on your PC in the first place) you are using can't be pinned. As far as I know Stardock's ObjectBar can emulate the MAC bar in a way that it puts the menu of the current application to the bar and strips it from the application itself. If that can be done, it can have the BB style and menu behavior.5.) Z-orders
In BB plugins can have an "Always on top" behavior. It's either set or not. As far as I understand, Z-ordering is a bit more flexible than that. I wish that the respective settings could be more flexible as well.
Apart from that I tend to see, that some plugins (BBI and SBX in my case) sometimes loose their "always on top" property or just get covered by other apps that are "even higher" like some fullscreen image viewers, There are some applications that handle this in a very intuitive way. One example is RocketDock, a MAC dock emulation, that can be "Always on Top", "Normal" and "Always on Bottom." If it is set to Normal, it can be covered by any other application window, but if you hover your mouse above it for half a second, it pops up on top, then keeps its Normal Z-Order behavior, so can be covered again.
A great shell feature would be if I could set Z-order both for my BB objects and
for my other applications.6.) Password protected Guest-workspace
On pre-XP systems without fast user switching, or on XP/Vista without a properly set up guest profile a simple Guest-workspace would be a nice addition. The Guest-workspace would not be present in the workspace switching sequence, but could be activated with a separate hotkey defined in bbKeys. So if you have 3 workspaces, WIN+RightArrow would switch like this: 1->2->3->1->2.... however lets say WIN+9 would switch to the Guest-workspace from where you could only go back to the rest of the workspaces by entering a password.
That way you could let people temporarily to your PC to check their mail or for some generic browsing without exposing your mail client / internet banking / whatever you have open on your other workspaces.
Now this is not BB specific, so you might as well want to take it off this list, still it would be a nice addition for the most efficient shell we are using:+1.) Network copy/paste
Sometimes when working with colleagues in the office, or using more PC's at home at the same time with my wife, I'd be happy to be able to copy something on my PC and offer them for pasting on theirs. Preferably without having to run a resource-intensive client-server application for this. Also since I hardly know anyone who would use a multiple clipboard like clipx
, probably noone would like to have their clipboard item overwritten.
The best I could think of is if there would be a "network paste" hotkey like CTRL+SHIFT+V that would pop up your IM contacts, and sned your clipboard seom way to the contact you chose. Since there can be files or different objects in your clipboard, simply opening a chat window and paste ascii text there is not an option.
Any idea about this?
More to come.