[openbeos-cdt] Re: Replicants

  • From: Stephan Assmus <superstippi@xxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos-cdt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2009 14:23:55 +0100

On 2009-11-13 at 18:27:24 [+0100], Humdinger <humdingerb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
> -- Eddy Groen, on Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:48:46 +0100:
> > Like I said, the idea is beautiful. But I find myself hardly using them,
> > basically for two reasons:
> > 1. I have "use replicants" off on default, because the "replicant 
> > hand" is
> > obnoxiously present.
> Since the handle is only need for the actual replication from its mother 
> app and if you want to move or delete the Replicant, I don't see why 
> anyone should have "Show Replicants" (which really should be called "Show 
> Replicant Handle") activated at all. When you discover a new app, 
> activate the handles to see if any are around, then deactivate again.


> > 2. The outcome of a replicated application embedded in the Desktop 
> > isn't
> > very pretty:
> I give you that. I don't know, can devs do anything when implementing 
> Replicant support for a view? Maybe better use of transparency?

Have you tried embedding the DeskCalc and ActivityMonitor replicants 
lately? I already solved this problem. ;-)

> So, what could be improved:
> * MOST importantly, but a Tracker issue: Tracker must not put files 
> under a replicant! Totally annoying.

I already fixed this.

> * Moving replicants only does an outline of the cloned view. Depending 
> on your background picture, this makes placing it difficult. Having it 
> semi-transparent like a dragged ShowImage clipping would solve that.
> * Resizing isn't possible. The Replicant handle could offer a "Resize 
> Replicant" item which would resize the view from the bottom-right corner. 
> I don't know, however, if there are some limitations here on how the 
> Replicant technology works deep down.

Both should be fixed, totally agreed. I don't think there is a technical 

Best regards,

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