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This is a brainstorming thread.....
Published on August 28, 2006 By Corky_O In Personal Computing
I thought it might be good to start a thread for brainstorming ideas on features wanted in ObjectDock to give the developers some idea of what users want. Whether it is possible to implement is another story, but this is brainstorming after all.

I would like to see the addition of the following:

1 - Virtual/Dynamic Folder support

2 - Distance adjustment for 'Alignment' on top of the one for 'Position', allowing for adjustments in both the 'X' and 'Y' axis simultaneously.

What would you like to see?
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on Aug 28, 2006
Virtual Desktop docklet.
on Aug 28, 2006
Ability to hide icons in a systray dock!
on Aug 28, 2006
A Skype docklet a la the MSN docklet
on Aug 28, 2006
I think docklet development for non-Stardock apps should be handled by the user-base, not Stardock. I just want more SD integration.
on Aug 28, 2006
Distance adjustment for 'Alignment'


If I dbl-click just the tabbed dock, I can drag it to center or where I want it, but the sides and bottom stay where they are. It's o.k. but x/y settings would be nicer, yes.
More docklets sounds like a great idea to me. I've tried in the past to create action-specific docklets, i.e: 'shutdown', 'restart', and the like, and get bozzled-up in the forms and processes. Would be great to have, perhaps, a gallery section for docklets, that could be installed easily, like the default weather app, so the user could tailor them as wished, with a minimum of fuss/clicks. Like pop-ups in weather widgets to enter zip code?
Animated docklets? I've put Winky on one of my docks, in animated form, that I got here, but I can't seem to link him to any function, like, say, opening wbconfig.exe.
Corky_O: Thanks for the thread! Great idea.
the user-base

...would that be me, as consumer? Or artists/developers/skinners to present here...?
on Aug 28, 2006
...would that be me, as consumer? Or artists/developers/skinners to present here...?


yes
on Aug 28, 2006
Drag to launch!

I've been emailing (read: bothering ) Stardock about this, and made a forum post or two as well.

Basically, you should be able to drag a file, like a .jpg, over a program shortcut in the dock, such as Photoshop or Paint Shop, and have it open in that program, rather whatever the default is when you double click the file.

When you drag a file to the dock, it just wants to add the file itself to the dock.


It might also be good to have an easier way to install backgrounds. Maybe make a special ObjectDock file (.od?) for themes and backgrounds that you just need to double click to install, like a .wba installs a WB skin easily.

on Aug 28, 2006
If I dbl-click just the tabbed dock, I can drag it to center or where I want it, but the sides and bottom stay where they are. It's o.k. but x/y settings would be nicer, yes.


You can drag a tabbed dock to any spot you want. (I don't know what double-clicking accomplishes) The x/y setting Corky mentions, would be for a standard dock, tabbed docks don't need it.

You can also resize your tabbed dock, just as you would a normal window.
on Aug 28, 2006
yes
  

I have to dbl-click in order for my cursor to "grab" the dock. It might make a difference that I have my mouse set to "open with single-click" rather than default dbl...
tabbed docks don't need it.

Yes, I was thinking of non-tabbed ones.
Drag to launch!

Yes! Like dragging a file to my printer icon on my desktop prints it!
When you drag a file to the dock, it just wants to add the file itself to the dock

Lately, it must just be something I'm doing in the process, but when I drag a desktop icon/shortcut to the dock, it then generates a popup saying there's no valid link, and I have to go to Dock Entry Properties and replace the C:\ location with the link I want. No big deal, but if I drag a shortcut to the dock it'd be nice to have that duplicate shortcut go to where the original does.





on Aug 28, 2006
Folder linked tabs. It was mentioned in another thread recently.
on Aug 28, 2006
More control in the coding or behavior when creating side/top/bottom docks (zoomers) would be great. As it is now, its a real pain when putting side a dock together containing gradients, and graphics at the top and bottom tend to get cut off and then having to manipulate the graphics in order to get them to work. Yeah I know...dream on.   
on Aug 28, 2006
In previous versions of ObjectDock we could add "foregrounds" to our skins for dock backgrounds, which would draw on top of the icons, but otherwise behave very similarly to the background image.

Recent versions of OD draw foregrounds differently than in the past, tiling (in a single direction) now rather than stretching, which makes them nearly unusable. Indeed, I don't see any mention of foregrounds anymore in the v2.0 RC1 SkinningTheDock.txt, so maybe they've been abandoned.

I think some really cool docks could be made with foregrounds that draw as they did in previous versions (or even better than previously, with full background.ini tag support), and request this feature be considered for reinstatement.
on Aug 28, 2006
I dunno if this is a realistic request, but would it be possible to have implementation of an arched dock. One similiar to the arched dock that AveDesk offers. Or maybe a feature that allows the user to arch it their self, via the Dock settings, similiar to the automatic distance option. Sorry if this is completely impossible, not familiar with development.

Arched Dock Example -----> Link
on Aug 28, 2006
Hmmm....that looks really familiar. Now where have I seen something like that before?

  
on Aug 28, 2006
Along the same line as WebGizmos has started; for outsideborder for the screen edge of a dock to actually move the icons off screen edge.
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