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Cute but time consuming UI elements (2 posts)

  • Started 7 years ago by hck
  • Latest reply 7 years ago from Scott McGuire
  • hck Member

    I use Fetch all day long. Lots and lots. I often have three or four Fetch windows open at a time and switch them out for others easily 10 times every day. Lots of different clients call all day long. So even tiny little delays seem to add up.

    Like a mosquito, one of my life's nagging irritants is watching Fetch's new connection dialogue float down and scroll back up.

    When you open 50 or 100 connections per day, the animation gets old and you'd like to just get on with it.

    Is there a way to strip down the cuteness to speed up the action?

    Posted 7 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi,

    First, some background...

    The New Connection dialog is, in technical terms, a "sheet" - a dialog that appears attached to another window. The animation for showing it scrolling up and down as it opens is standard for Mac OS X, and used for many dialogs in many programs - for instance, you'll see the same behavior when you use an open or save dialog in many applications, such as TextEdit. So the animation is not something we added to Fetch just to be "cute"; it's an animation that Apple made part of Mac OS X.

    As such, there is no official way to turn it off. The only official alternatives would be for us to use something else besides a sheet for displaying the New Connection dialog - and there are drawbacks to using many of the other alternatives as well. But we will consider your feedback when making future versions of Fetch.

    However, there are two things you can do now to help to avoid the New Connection dialog animation.

    The first is to set up shortcuts for your commonly used clients, and then choose the shortcut from either the Fetch Shortcuts window, or from the main Shortcuts menu. When you choose a shortcut, the transfer window will open directly - no connection dialog will be displayed.

    Second, there is at least one utility out there that modifies a hidden Mac OS X setting to speed up the sheet animations - you can use it to make them appear instantaneously. Please note that this software and its author are not associated with Fetch in any way and we have not tested it extensively. While the changes it makes to your system are very minor (it's not a "haxie") and are probably safe, there could be side effects. Anyway, see:

    http://www.ampersand-interactive.com/SheetSpeed/

    I installed it briefly on Mac OS X 10.4.8 and it does indeed increase the speed of displaying Fetch's New Connection dialog. It does have a "return to defaults" setting if you find it causes other problems.

    Thanks, and please let us know if you have further questions.

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    [This message has been edited by ScottMcGuire (edited 02-20-2007).]

    Posted 7 years ago #

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