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#581 Hiding/fading/moving toolbar, sidebar, tabs, message window

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nobody
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2014-06-19
2012-01-16
Niraj Dudani
No

Perhaps some of this applies to GTK, instead of Geany.

I am satisfied with the locations of the toolbar, sidebar, message window, and the notebook tabs as I've configured them.

However occasionally I will temporarily like to move things around. Currently there is limited flexibility to do so, and one has to access preferences to do this.

I suggest the following features:
(1) Ability to move widgets around (like the side-bar) with snapping. Things can always be locked in place to avoid annoyances due to accidental moving.
(2) Autohide. I find this annoying myself generally. But very useful in some circumstances. Again, autohide works best with an "pin-in-place" button.
(3) Fading: I don't think I've seen this anywhere before, and hence difficult to implement, but I think I'll find this very helpful. I suggest that some/all widgets outside the editor be dimmed (low contrast/brightness) at all times, but that they get lit up again when they receive focus, or a mouse hover. I keep the sidebar visible always, and I think fading it will reduce clutter. I need to look at the info on the sidebar only when I'm intending to jump files/symbols. Likewise for the notebook tabs, which I look at only when I'm switching tabs using keyboard/mouse.

Thanks!

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Using Geany 1.22 (git ~= 73bc824)

Discussion

  • Matthew Brush
    Matthew Brush
    2012-01-17

    Regarding #3, coincidentally I was just thinking about this the other day. I *hate* flashy effects and things like this, but dimming everything but the editor window (or even everything except the current scope in the code) to help keep focused on the current code seems like an awesome idea. I don't think this should be terribly hard to do, but it's probably best done in a plugin.

    If you're interested in writing such a plugin I can help out, just send a message about it on the devel the mailing list.

     
  • Lex Trotman
    Lex Trotman
    2012-02-02

    See comments on similar bug report.

    #3 would be difficult to make play nice with themes, dimming when its black vs dimming when its white, but in a plugin it would matter less.

     
  • Peter Bittner
    Peter Bittner
    2014-06-19

    GitHub issue #292 duplicates this feature request