Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Mar 2012 23:27 UTC
Windows As you may have seen, David's been taking care of OSNews for a few days because I'm quite busy with work. Still, there's one thing I'd like to talk about: the desktop mode in Windows 8. I wish I could've added this to the first impressions article, but I only arrived at this conclusion yesterday: desktop mode in Windows 8 is Microsoft's equivalent of Mac OS X's Classic mode.
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Metro + tiling window manager could work
by JohnJJ on Wed 7th Mar 2012 09:25 UTC
JohnJJ
Member since:
2011-01-28

99% of the time a have the windows I'm currently using arranged in tiles, so I have actually wished that Windows had a dedicated tiling mode for a long time. With Win7 I use the snap-to feature all the time and before that used various tools to the same effect.
For complex applications like Visual Studio I like my tool windows docked inside the main window and only on rare occasions do I undock a tool window and have it float free. I hate it when application force free floating tool windows on you, like for instance Paint.Net does (awesome application by the way, except the tool windows). Lightroom also have a nice approach to keeping a lot of complex tools docked inside the main window.
However, if there was a nice clean way for me to have my visual studio tool windows docked on my secondary monitor at something like 25%-33%, witout them overlapping any other window on that monitor that would be great. I could of course do it by resizing windows to line up etc. but I find that very tedious and so I usually keep them docked inside the main window. A solution where I could allocate a tile for my tool windows and dock them as I pleased in there would be very welcome.

The point I am trying to make in my ramblings is this: I want a tiling window manager in Windows. Also if done correctly it could solve floaty tool window hell and make window placement possible with touch, since it it could just snap the window to the tile you dragged it to.

So maybe the question is: Is there a nice tiling solution for win7 today?

Sorry for the rambling, I'm really bad at making a short concise point.

Reply Score: 1

hoak Member since:
2007-12-17

John, yes there are several TWM's for Windows 7, just a few I've tried (in rough order of my liking them):

· <a href="http://bugn.berlios.de">bug.n

· <a href="http://code.google.com/p/python-windows-tiler">PWT

· <a href="http://windawesome.codeplex.com">Windawesome

· <a href="http://palatialsoftware.com/plumb">plumb

· <a href="http://www.winsplit-revolution.com">Winsplit

I also agree if a TWM were to be integrated in Metro it would make it a lot more bearable as the current UI can only task switch as far as the end user is concerned, in fact this overlaps into even multiple apps on the Windows 8 desktop when ever you need access to some part of Windows 8 thats now been moved to/embedded in Metro -- the only option you have is task switching.

In my humble opinion the only real move forward in UI design is a TWM as it's really the only interface that is really always allowing the Operator to functionally multi-task -- seeing, using and accessing multiple applications or data sources concurrently in real-time with vastly less keyboard and mouse input.

Even the windows 7 CWM is primarily a task-switching interface that requires a massive amount of user input just manipulating windows and controls to see what you want to see...

The fact that virtually all mission critical interfaces from aircraft MFDs to industrial control systems, fire control, power management and reactor control, mission or life critical telemetry employ some sort of TWM (or application to achieves the same result) speaks volumes to honest, results oriented, form that follows function.

Unfortunately, there are as yet no 'glamorous' TWMs that look new and fancy, and only the few that bother two setup and use an actual Tiling Window Manager on a *nix system, of setup one of the applications like one the above on Windows have the experience to know and appreciate why they're so great for a Workstation/Desktop OS...

Happy TWMing...

=O)

Edit: no idea why links look like crap, can't seem to get anything work, but the links themselves...

Edited 2012-03-08 08:17 UTC

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