Improve window switcher by not showing it for instant switches & showing only the selected window

Bug #495712 reported by David Siegel on 2009-12-11
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
compiz-fusion-plugins-main (Ubuntu)
Travis Watkins

Bug Description

This bug makes some recommendations for changing the behavior and appearance of the Compiz "Static Application Switcher" (see design document linked below).

A non-zero popup window delay is set so that instantaneous window switching doesn't display the window switcher; if the user taps alt-tab quickly once, windows switch without showing the switcher.

Instead of darkening the desktop and unfocused windows, unfocused windows become fully transparent. This behavior may prove undesirable, but feedback so far has been very positive.

### Design spec:

description: updated
description: updated
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
milestone: none → lucid-round-9
status: New → Confirmed
assignee: nobody → David Siegel (djsiegel)
Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Travis Watkins (amaranth)
Michael Vogt (mvo) on 2010-02-04
Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Committed
Vish (vish) on 2010-02-04
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Julian Alarcon (julian-alarcon) wrote :

One question about this. Why I need to see the thumbnail of the choose window If i can see directly the Window???
I think that the best way is to show thumbnails but don't switch the windows, keep the current window

This is just redundancy of visual information.

And, one bug as arise, custom settings on Compiz Config Setting Manager about the behavior don't work any more, I have to "suffer" the "fix" of this bug.

Yes, the situation is redundant, but to make the switcher ideal is beyond the scope of paper cuts.

I left icons in there because many people use them to calculate (implicitly) the number of times they must press Tab before landing on the target window. Seeing only the currently selected window doesn't help users plan a path to the target.

Vish (vish) wrote :

Bug was fixed a while ago, for some reason the lp janitor did not auto-close the bugs:

compiz-fusion-plugins-main (0.8.4-0ubuntu3) lucid; urgency=low

  * debian/patches/03_default_options.patch:
    - updated to include (LP: #495641)
    - (LP: #495687)
    - fix resistance_distance (LP: #495708)
    - (LP: #495712)
    - (LP: #478016)
    - (LP: #495634)

 -- Michael Vogt <email address hidden> Wed, 03 Feb 2010 16:41:02 -0800

Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
affects: compiz (Ubuntu) → compiz-fusion-plugins-main (Ubuntu)
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