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[openFATE 310714] Bring TabCandy-like functionality to desktops
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  • Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 16:07:16 +0100 (CET)
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Feature changed by: Will Stephenson (wstephenson)
Feature #310714, revision 3
Title: Bring TabCandy-like functionality to desktops

- openSUSE-11.4: Unconfirmed
+ openSUSE-11.4: Done
Requester: Important

Requested by: 6tr6tr 6tr6tr (6tr6tr)
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I don't know if anyone here has used TabCandy (now called Panorama - ) by Firefox but I think the
concept would be PERFECT for desktops, sort of a better way of doing
Desktop Activities. Some of the great things about it:
1. You can group application windows just by dragging them (their
thumbnails) together
2. You can name groups
3. When you go to an application of a group, only those apps would
appear in your taskbar/on your desktop
   - All others would be accessible via a "TabCandy" icon on the
taskbar (which goes to a thumbnail view)
4. You can search through your groups/apps by typing into the search
   I think openSUSE can take this a step further and do it like WebOS'
"Just Type." They allow apps to register for an interface such that the
search bar can send the search text to them and they can do specific
activities without even being opened, or just respond that yes they
match that search term.
Doing it as a combination of Tab Candy and WebOS' Just Type would make
a very powerful, efficient and super easy to use OS/Desktop UI.
WebOS' "Just Type":
Two main aspects to Just Type:
1. Enable users to search within your app. If your data is stored on
device, Just Type will present real-time suggestions as the user types.
If your data is online, users will type a query and then tap to launch
your app, where you'll present the results.
2. Define your own Quick Actions. Make it easier than ever for your
users to update social status, set reminders, add items to a shopping
list—or do whatever it takes to get things done in the context of your
Both of these can be adapted to work with applications in openSUSE. And
the great thing? The apps don't need to come with those capabilities
built in. As long as the app has an API that you can program to, you
(or other opensource developers) could write the search/quick-action
stuff yourself. In fact, openSUSE could host a repo for people to
upload/download their own implementations to power this in almost any

+ Discussion:
+ #1: Will Stephenson (wstephenson) (2010-12-16 16:07:02)
+ Mostly done in KDE 1) Not done yet 2) Done 3) Done 4) Done, alt-q to
+ show the Activity picker and type Just Type) Done by KRunner (alt-f2,
+ click the ? icon to see the commands registered by the active apps'
+ runners you can do. Could be improved by allowing custom 'quick
+ actions' .
+ So I'll set this to done - I expect that 1) will come from upstream in
+ 4.7.

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