Monday, March 10, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
I added the rectangle when moving a window that shows the border that will cause the window to maximize.
I still need to do a bit more design before I can finalize on the system bar and finish a first draft of its implementation. Hopefully I can have something by the middle of next week.
About the patents... It does not matter since the code is already public domain and I don't mind if someone else copies the idea, but thanks for thinking that its worth a patent in the first place.
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Things are moving along again and every small step is shaping Screens into a much more usable demo. Here is a demo of the maximize/restore feature I told you all about which I hope you will like:
I found it very practical and easy to use and I wonder why no one else uses this method instead of small buttons. When the shell will be finished, you will be able to minimize windows by just dragging them to the bar at the bottom of the screen.
Screens object storage itself does not use the multi-tasking API's but then again since its cooperative multi-tasking, they don't need to. The advantage of cooperative is that the code does not have to worry about being stopped in the middle of processing. Switching of threads only happens when they call CoreThreadYield.
Sorry for the lack of updates but this has been a slow period since not much changes from a visual perspective but alot has changed under the hood making way for the shell bar + slider. Windows can now be maximized by dragging their title to the top of the display and can be restored by dragging the title back into the middle of the screen. I hope you like it, I will upload a video soon showing this feature.