Maximize Work Area Button and Shortcut

CorelDRAW should have a Maximize Work Area button and shortcut.

 

What about another shortcut key when pressed and hold, all bars, boxes and pallets appear temporarily (and without any changes of zoom level), and return hidden when the button released?

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  • that's a nice idea!
    I have a great macro for DRAW which I use hundred times a day which toggles visibility of control toolbars and dockers and stuff - wx_ToggleToolBars
  • Adobe products do that with the <Tab> key. I've found that you need it with their products because their tool palettes take up too much space.

    But it's proven to be quite annoying to have to toggle back and forth to click on one tool button.

     

    Consider this. If you've seen the cool animated icon strips that Vista and the Mac OS's use then you could think of at least the toolbar buttons on the side doing the same thing, except they are hidden off the side.

    Corel's Dockers could also be enhanced by allowing them to expand out whenever your mouse pointer hovers over the associated docker button. And collapse after leaving the opened palette for a second.

    Maybe, we could still be allowed to edit when in <F9> full preview mode... just think! No clutter at all, just pure artwork space and the currently selected tool.

  • In reply to Magic:

    that would be pure magic! I'm in! what an excellent idea of being head-to-head with your artwork and nothing mediated in between, with everything needed hooked to a hotkeys or being expanded on mouse-hover! A vision of the future media-focused attitude as opposed to present tool-based attitude.
  • In reply to Magic:

    Magic

    Consider this. If you've seen the cool animated icon strips that Vista and the Mac OS's use then you could think of at least the toolbar buttons on the side doing the same thing, except they are hidden off the side.

    Corel's Dockers could also be enhanced by allowing them to expand out whenever your mouse pointer hovers over the associated docker button. And collapse after leaving the opened palette for a second.

    I think bars and palettes auto-show will contaminate your "pure artwork space"; you will not be able to play freely near the boundaries. Actually you will lose some of your work area.

     

    Magic
    Maybe, we could still be allowed to edit when in <F9> full preview mode... just think!

    All guidelines, grid and non-printable layers are not shown in Full-screen preview (to see how the drawing will look when print and export). Maximize Work Area functionality is deferent from Full-screen preview's (F9); we should have both.
     



    [edited by: Ahmad Ajlouny at 13:29 (GMT -7) on Thu, Dec 06 2007]
  • In reply to Magic:

    Magic
    toolbar buttons on the side doing the same thing, except they are hidden off the side.

    That forces you to have tools on the side. But press/hold key restores bars and palettes to its state before maximizing work area, whether they were docked to the side or floating.

     

    With press/hold key, you can move your pointer between bars and palettes (like selecting a tool from the Toolbox, and then set options from the corresponding Property Bar, then a color from a palette) without auto hide, show, hide, show…

     

    When work area is maximized, I prefer to show tools just when I need, not when my pointer comes near or hits the screen boundaries.

     

    But since we are talking about CorelDRAW, why not have both options; Auto-expand and press/hold key to choose between them or both of them in the same time.

     

    By the way, here are some comments about Full-screen Preview in CorelDRAW.



    [edited by: Ahmad Ajlouny at 15:26 (GMT -7) on Thu, Dec 06 2007]
  • In reply to Magic:

    I saw Adobe Illustrator CS3, its Panels are wonderful and auto-expand in Full-screen mode.

     

    Adobe Illustrator CS3 Panels and CorelDRAW Dockers

     

    Adobe Illustrator CS3

    CorelDRAW *

    Panel

    Docker

    Panel Group

    Nested Dockers

    Dock

    Column of Dockers (without a name)

    Panel Icons

    Docker Tabs

    Panel Tabs

    Not available

    Title Bar (actually bar without a title)

    Title Bar

    Blue Drop Zone

    Grey frames and lines (without a name)

    Icon Panel

    Not available

     

    * Since which version CorelDRAW has dockers mostly like the ones adobe has in CS3? But…

     

    Adobe Illustrator Panel Advantages

     

    1. Delicious Icons
    2. Smarter and clearer naming; every element in the panel system has a name
    3. Detailed explanation about manipulate Panels and Panel Groups in Adobe Help
    4. Ability to open one Panel or Panel Group without opening the hole Dock with…
    5. Auto-collapse Icon Panels option
    6. Icon Panels state
    7. Expandable Icons to show Panel Titles while panels still collapsed
    8. Panel Tabs enable seeing and selecting any panel even when they are minimized
    9. Shiny Interactive Drop Zone

     

     

    Panel/Docker Accessibility

     

    CorelDRAW Docker has a Title Bar and a Tab. The Tab appears when the docker is collapsed, or expanded in case the docker is nested. But when dockers are nested, they all have one Title Bar with one title; the currently selected Docker… So where is the problem?

     

    If you minimize (click on the tiny black triangle in the Title Bar) nested Dockers, all their tabs disappear and the Title Bar stays showing the last selected docker title. You can't know which dockers are opened but hidden in the minimized nested dockers. If you have many minimized groups of nested dockers and you want a docker, you have to maximize each group and search for that docker.

     

    Adobe Illustrator Panel has a Title bar, Tab and an Icon. If a Dock is collapsed, Icons are apparent and panels (in this case called: Icon Panels) can be expanded and auto-collapsed. If the dock is expanded, the icons disappear but tabs do not. Even when Panels or Panel Group is minimized, tabs with Panel names are always apparent and Panels are always accessible.

     

     

    Docks versus Columns of Dockers

     

    In Adobe Illustrator, each Dock is an independent entity; you can have one collapsed and another expanded. While in CorelDRAW, you have just one button for all that collapses/expands Dockers and Columns of Docker all together.

     

    Adobe now has "dockers" CorelDRAW users will definitely love. Adobe knows how to be the Industry Standard.

     

    Does Corel prefer to keep the power of CorelDRAW a secret? Until Adobe improves and markets more powerful corelian features in Illustrator?


    [edited by: Ahmad Ajlouny at 12:35 (GMT -7) on Wed, Dec 12 2007]