Window previews in xfwm4
fourdan at gmail.com
Tue Feb 17 10:17:46 CET 2015
The size of the preview is configurable via the gtk theme. The more
windows the smaller the view will be, up to the point where it reaches
the icon view size (which, incidentally, is also configurable via the
You can;t have previews in the cycle list, it's not enabled, so
Andrzej you're probably testing a much older version (which was also
slower as using gdk pixbuf scaling).
I understand the preview can slow things down (but tbh, I tested on a
n270 Atom processor and it's working just fine, so if your computer is
slower than the first generation of Atom processors, you may want to
consider some new hardware... Just sayin' ...)
Anyway, this is why it's optional, if that's too slow for some
hardware, just disable it (and btw, it's disabled by default).
On 17 February 2015 at 10:08, Liviu Andronic <landronimirc at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 2:15 AM, Andrzej <ndrwrdck at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> On 26/01/15 08:09, Olivier Fourdan wrote:
>>>> I'm using it now, seems great, but when there is 6+ windows open it falls
>>>> back to icons only switcher.
>>>> Do you have any idea how to handle lots of windows?
>>> Yes, this is on purpose and depends on your screen size. Reducing the
>>> windows' pictures is expensive and I reckon once you've reached the
>>> size of the screen, better switch back to regular icons (and no, it
>>> won't be an option).
>> I don't see this limit here - I'm always getting window miniatures. It
>> really is rather slow - over 1s response time to Alt+Tab with about 15
>> Is there an option to force the <6 window limit or completely disable
>>> And to be honest. window contents makes sense only if the size of the
>>> preview is large enough, otherwise it's useless.
>> Yes, the miniatures are quite small, especially in the "Cycle through
>> windows in a list" mode. IMHO larger preview sizes would be far more usable.
> I've tried the previews in the 4.11.3, and I agree with Andrzej: the
> previews are currently too small to be usable.
> Perhaps using the previews, a tad more transparent, as part of "draw
> frames on cycle" would be more friendly and useful user-wise. I think
> this would also be not unlike what Win7 is doing...
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