Windows 7 Taskbar - Behind the Scenes

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    Interesting stuff. I would love to hear the reasons for not building a virtual desktop using smooth transitions like these. Instead of trying to merge more and more stuff into the taskbar.

    It does really help to partition your workspace to stay in control. So it would go well with that theme. However I could see it confuse a few people, but it should at least be there for power users.

    There are many programs out there trying to simulate this function through windows hide/show. With the new taskbar this approach doesn't really make sense in the same way as before. Also the transitions are quite jerky. Eventhough the flip 3D is quite useless, it is cool looking. To have the same experience but when you switch workspaces would be nice. As well as "expose" kind of function etc.

    deskspace and cubedesktop are two apps that tries to do this.



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    You mentioned that when an object is moved, you immediately move it, then animation it to the final position.  I believe I've seen evidence of this in jump lists.  If you use a swipe-up motion with your mouse (rather than right-click) to bring up a jump list, and you do it very VERY slowly, you will see the jump list appear, barely visible, in its final position.  Then as soon as your cursor moves up a single pixel more, the jump list returns to the bottom and animates upward as you continue to move your mouse.


    Now I understand how this happens:  you're letting the user control the speed of the animation.


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