X graphics get a boost (NewsForge)
Posted Feb 8, 2006 14:42 UTC (Wed) by elanthis
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Those desktop widgets things could use this, and they would be accelerated when displaying over the desktop.
Popup menus will no longer be forced to completely obscure information in the application, which is sometimes necessary to know which menu item you need to pick.
Temporary popup notifications will not obscure all your work.
When you're moving windows around, the transparency can help you see the layout of your other windows.
Drag-n-drop icons won't obscure what you're trying to drop them onto, improving accuracy in some cases.
People who like to keep movies playing in a corner of their screen won't be forced to keep all their actual work out of that corner at all times.
Transitional effects can be nicer looking and, in some cases, possibly improve the user experience through improved metaphors.
There are plenty of uses for transparency and transparent windows. And when people stop thinking about how the desktop works *now* and start thinking about how it *could* work, more uses are sure to be found.
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