HiQDock ... New Dock coming soon


#81

just a word of caution in you’re not familiar using the MacOSX dock, then please watch my video to get an idea of how to use it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDqlDc1r-nM&feature=youtu.be


#82

I added the repo and am looking forward to trying some of your other programs. I set my new dock to vertical on the left side of the screen, and it’s working very well, with one exception.

I would like to use the hide function, but it takes three seconds after the mouse hits the margin for the dock to appear.


#83

@LaneLester thanks for trying and thanks for the feedback. Regarding the slow re-appearance of the dock after mouse-enter, it’s probably an issue with how long it takes to grab a screen shot on your hardware


#84

ah-ha! here’s the infamous transparent window hack finally revealed :smiley:

nice idea. Hardcore devs are going to kill you for that, but I think it’s really a nice trick. +1 (until native switch, then no more :wink:)


#85

Does it capture the entire screen or just the portion that the dock will be covering?


#86

not optimized (captures whole screen) :frowning:

I was always hoping that this hack version of my HiQDock wouldn’t be released and window compositing would be ready first … but since that didn’t happen, I wanted to release it anyway with all the issues… maybe it will drive interest in bringing window compositing to reality (hint to @waddlesplash and @looncraz )


#87

I want to point out that the dock is the worst piece of UI in the system. Was introduced just as a demo and it is still there…

IIRC there was a more recent article of D. Norman that I cannot find, but I found this from the TOG:
https://www.asktog.com/columns/044top10docksucks.html


#88

The most terrible behavior is that the position of the icons change if you have the zoom enabled.


#89

I have installed and have HiQDock working…haven’t spent a lot of time on it but it seems good to me!

Thanks very much hey68you… and also Leidorin


#90

I only create the package and put it online. Thanks to hey68you.


#91

…should have said that I installed to 64bit, R1/B1…only real problem is the backgound at boot up, shows a blue square over the ‘real’ background.
One click on the dock makes it go away but…


#92

I love the dock in Mac OS and I am definitely fine with something similar in Haiku if the look-n-feel is at home.


#93

I think we should steal the best features from the other OSes not the worst…

As already suggested by @PulkoMandy there is Lauchbox bundled with Haiku and in the depot LnLauncher and DockBert.


#94

LaunchBox should remain with Haiku… it at least gives people some utility if they don’t discover things like LnLauncher.


#95

I would love to see spring loaded folders myself :slight_smile:


#96

As this dock is a 3rd party app, this isn’t an issue. People that like it install it, those that don’t don’t.

Never having used a Mac, I’m not familiar how it exactly works, but did read a paragraph about it after websearching the term.

Haiku already has something that seems to be similar: Grab an icon and hold it over a folder icon. This triggers a drill-down-menu with which you can navigate down the hierarchy until you find the right subfolder, where you can drop the file to copy/move.
Important: you have to drop the file onto a folder icon; if you drop it on some file already in the folder, nothing happens.


#97

I was speaking in general, in the forum there are request for features that are bad design…
Mac is devolving, I hope we don’t do the same implementing solution without a clear idea why we need them.


#98

I imagine it is important to have these discussions because clearly many people here feel it is important to maintain a Haiku feel about things…I do too! This is similar to a mac dock but really the icons retain the Haiku look and feel.

Docks are probably a bit ‘old-fashioned’ but I like this one on Haiku and I think it’s a keeper for me.


#99

I’m still waiting for the “speed of thought” brainwaves dock… I was promised this by the Firefox movie and feel very let down that it hasn’t arrived yet… (Only half joking…)