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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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by dragossh on Sat 4th Apr 2009 20:08 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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Even that feature doesn't require a fully composited manager, though. The window preview during alt-tab was available in Windows XP via the task-switch powertoy.

I think it does. XP/GNOME/KDE/whatever else, without compositing, gives you only the icon of the window.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Sun 5th Apr 2009 08:38 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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The standard alt-tab in XP just gives the icon. One of the Microsoft PowerToys for XP has a thumbnail alt-tab that's fairly fast. It only gives a thumbnail of the currently selected window, and sometimes it's a tad bit slow, though.

EDIT: You can find it at

Edited 2009-04-05 08:39 UTC

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