Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Apr 2009 16:16 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces This is the eleventh article in a series on common usability and graphical user interface related terms. On the internet, and especially in forum discussions like we all have here on OSNews, it is almost certain that in any given discussion, someone will most likely bring up usability and GUI related terms - things like spatial memory, widgets, consistency, Fitts' Law, and more. The aim of this series is to explain these terms, learn something about their origins, and finally rate their importance in the field of usability and (graphical) user interface design. After a rather long hiatus, this eleventh instalment will focus on bling, desktop effects, and compositing, and what they can contribute to the desktop experience.
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realtime desktop zoom
by werterr on Mon 6th Apr 2009 09:11 UTC
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The one most important thing I really love about compiz is the real-time desktop zoom.

It might not be the most difficult feature, the most fancy and it might even be possible without a full compositing desktop, but I feel it's one of the most useful.

It's useful for disabilities and it's useful because it places the zoom function on the level it should. If you want to view a flash video up close (if it doesn't have a full-screen toggle) you can, if you wan to zoom in on a graphic you can.

Or just to highlighting some parts of your colleague work/desktop without cluttering it without stuff.

This all without zooming in onto a static screenshot.

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