Icon Organizing anyone?

sneak preview from the lab...

Monday, July 9, 2007 by Jeff Bargmann | Discussion: OS Customization

Sneak preview of a potential new technology for the desktop that's brewing - Icon Organizing. Create areas on the desktop that apply a customizable graphic effect to the background, resize/move the areas and have the icons go with them, icons can auto-arrange independently within the areas... can choose a specific area for new icons to go to automatically, fold up areas, show a 'details' explorer view of a subfolder as a desktop area...etc etc.



What do you think!
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Bebi Bulma
Reply #1 Monday, July 9, 2007 2:22 AM
I don't have regular icons on my desktop. Cleaner without them...
Skinhit
Reply #2 Monday, July 9, 2007 2:26 AM
I think thats a great Idea sir.......
tigerlady
Reply #3 Monday, July 9, 2007 3:10 AM
Does this have a name? I think it's a great idea and would love to be kept informed on your progress.

tigerlaz@msn.com
Cavan1
Reply #4 Monday, July 9, 2007 3:35 AM
What do you think!


Hey Jeff, the answer depends on whether it will be a Vista only thing or would it be for us XPers as well.
WebGizmos
Reply #5 Monday, July 9, 2007 4:50 AM
Icons on the desktop....thats sacrilegious! Wait till the developer of ObjectDock hears about this!
Cavan1
Reply #6 Monday, July 9, 2007 4:57 AM
Icons on the desktop....thats sacrilegious! Wait till the developer of ObjectDock hears about this!


c242
Reply #7 Monday, July 9, 2007 6:57 AM
Reminds me of program groups from the Win 3.x days. Can You close the areas also ? Wouldn't be bad to have this technology in DesktopX.
Lantec
Reply #8 Monday, July 9, 2007 7:21 AM
I have my systems set to not show icons. Mainly due to how cluttered it can look. If it could be set to show some and hide others I'd be interested.
ZubaZ
Reply #9 Monday, July 9, 2007 7:45 AM
I've created similar groups and shortcuts within DesktopX over the years so I think it's a fine idea.

Add a hotkey or hotspot to hide a specific or all groups and you're set.  Of course, at that point it's almost a  . . . dock. 
messiah1
Reply #10 Monday, July 9, 2007 7:55 AM
Add a hotkey or hotspot to hide a specific or all groups and you're set. Of course, at that point it's almost a . . . dock


My thoughts also, I guess if you don't like ObjectDock this would be good for you. If you don't like OD though, where are you located...I'll send a couple gorillas over there...
bobbyhundreds
Reply #11 Monday, July 9, 2007 8:04 AM
Nice idea!
Will this be for XP as well as Vista?
Still Vista free here so it would be good to know.  
SirSmiley
Reply #12 Monday, July 9, 2007 2:18 PM
Great idea. I tend to organize by project but, know some people who organize by file type. This would definitely be beneficial for them being able to set up specific project areas filled with the respective shortcuts.
Jeff Bargmann
Reply #13 Monday, July 9, 2007 4:31 PM
Icons on the desktop....thats sacrilegious! Wait till the developer of ObjectDock hears about this!


Hahaha, I finish this up and you may find me beating myself up in some parking garage like in fight club or liar liar.

XP and Vista definitely.
Actually, on XP a neat side-effect of something I have to do anyways would be that that special semi-transparent selection rectangle that Vista has will be on XP too That stuff is already in XP its just disabled because of a technical shortcoming in background drawing in XP that the organizer can overcome. The only Vista-only features I see are the ability to show *other* folders on the desktop in details view/etc. (E.g. right click a folder icon on the desktop and say "expand" and instead of being an icon anymore it'll be a resizable explorer view of itself on the desktop. Vista only there.)

haha btw, c242, haha totally reminded me of old program manager at first too. just no minimizing areas of icons into yet another icon, thats a no-no. lol.


-Jeff
Jeff Bargmann
Reply #14 Monday, July 9, 2007 4:41 PM
hah btw, a piece of trivia for all you old users of Windows 3-1...the "desktop" window in Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP and even all the way through Vista? The assigned (but not visible of course) class name of the frameless-window that is the desktop itself....is "Progman", short of course for "Program Manager" Thinking about it, I think it even spells it out in full as the 'title' of the window.
JMB1984
Reply #15 Wednesday, July 11, 2007 11:34 AM

Lantec: just noticed your post sorry. Yes, I intend to have it be so you can have some icons always visible and others sometimes visible.

ZubaZ
Reply #16 Wednesday, September 12, 2007 12:09 AM
Bump-ity-bump

Any new and exciting word on this?  Need a alpha tester?  You know where to find me. 
Erk.
Reply #17 Wednesday, September 12, 2007 12:47 AM

Erk. put's his hand up too ...

I'll give it a run if you need someone to break it   

...all in the name of testing, of course

ZubaZ
Reply #18 Thursday, October 4, 2007 9:38 PM
bumpity bump?
vStyler
Reply #19 Thursday, October 4, 2007 9:52 PM
Other than being able to skin it, isnt it basically.. a folder? Like I have a folder on my desk with all my shortcuts called "appz".. whats the diffence?

Definately curious tho
ZubaZ
Reply #20 Thursday, October 4, 2007 9:57 PM
It reminds me more of Program Manager from Win3.1 (which was one feature I liked)

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