Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd May 2010 22:04 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Remember how Mark Shuttleworth justified moving the window titlebar widgets to the left by claiming the space freed up on the right side could now be used for something else? On his blog, Shuttleworth unveiled what, exactly, Ubuntu's plans are: window indicators, or 'windicators'. In a nutshell, it comes down to having a tray area in every window.
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RE[5]: Pure Awesome
by boldingd on Wed 5th May 2010 18:17 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Pure Awesome"
boldingd
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2009-02-19

Well, this particular use-case is one I hit frequently: the ability to adjust volume per-application with a little widget sitting right on the window title-bar is certainly alluring. It'd be a lot easier than going to the system's volume control every time you want to fiddle with relative volumes of your different applications. It also has the advantage of easy feature discovery -- as has been pointed out here before, a neat feature is useless if the user doesn't know it's there, and putting a per-app volume control widget right in the title bar lets the inexperienced user know fairly quickly that their system has the capability of per-application volume control.

Also, if the system makes per-app volume controls easy to find, it might also have the effect of sparing application developers the task of worrying about volume controls themselves.

Amusing note: Windows has this feature in theory, but, as often as not, whenever I try to use it, it fails in one of several ways. Either the volume settings are ignored, they cause the sound-generating application to crash, or, on rare occasion, they cause a crash in the Windows sound service, or even panic the kernel.

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RE[6]: Pure Awesome
by phoenix on Fri 7th May 2010 04:31 in reply to "RE[5]: Pure Awesome"
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2005-07-11

Also, if the system makes per-app volume controls easy to find, it might also have the effect of sparing application developers the task of worrying about volume controls themselves.


Ah, but only if it's not done on the client-side of things. If it's done in the client, then it's still up to the individual app devs to add this feature.

If it's done at a system level, and exposed via something like a d-bus interface, then it relieves the app dev from writing their own volume control knobs and widgets and what not.

IOW, this client-side "windicator" is the wrong way to go about it.

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