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Suggestion: A dynamic flyout in the system tray

  1. #1


    joseph aberamathea Guest

    Suggestion: A dynamic flyout in the system tray

    Ever see that Dynamic system tray flyout in Firefox that comes up when you
    finished downloading a bunch of files?

    It would be very nice if windows did something similar for files that are in
    progress of being copied, deleted, and all sorts of other cancellable system
    operations. That way you wouldn't have the following scenario:

    Copying a big file between computers, your screen top left is occupied by
    the progress window, downloading large files in windows explorer, those files
    later get copied to their final destination, resulting in the aforementioned
    progress window.
    All sorts of long running system operations could use the dynamic system
    tray flyout mechanism. That way the user is notified that something is
    happening, but does not have to watch the progress bar if he doesnt want to.

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  3. #2


    GRiNSER Guest

    RE: Suggestion: A dynamic flyout in the system tray

    i like this idea and thought about something similar too, but i'm not a
    microsoft developer :-(

    "joseph aberamathea" wrote:

    > Ever see that Dynamic system tray flyout in Firefox that comes up when you
    > finished downloading a bunch of files?
    >
    > It would be very nice if windows did something similar for files that are in
    > progress of being copied, deleted, and all sorts of other cancellable system
    > operations. That way you wouldn't have the following scenario:
    >
    > Copying a big file between computers, your screen top left is occupied by
    > the progress window, downloading large files in windows explorer, those files
    > later get copied to their final destination, resulting in the aforementioned
    > progress window.
    > All sorts of long running system operations could use the dynamic system
    > tray flyout mechanism. That way the user is notified that something is
    > happening, but does not have to watch the progress bar if he doesnt want to.


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  4. #3


    Keith Patrick Guest

    Re: Suggestion: A dynamic flyout in the system tray

    Sounds like a nice usage for toast/alerts. I think Windows is getting
    overrun by dialogs (both modal and non), and demoting progress dialogs to
    alert status would go a good way to reducing the clutter (I cannot count the
    # of times I've been clicking dialogs off my screen for one of those
    annoying cascade-dialog apps & accidentally cancel some action when its
    dialog comes up...call it a bad mix of dialog overusage and Explorer's
    perpetually broken focus code). Only thing is, even toast is getting out of
    hand (IM fills all of hte vertical space when there's a network hiccup), so
    *it's* going to need some clutter management tool. Hmmm, lesse, that would
    mean for widget control, we could look forward to a browser tab manager, the
    window manager (taskbar), the sidebar, the system tray, AND an alert
    manager.



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