Re: Patch: zoom slider in spatial windows

On Feb 25, 2007, at 9:08 AM, Hans Petter Jansson wrote:

On Sat, 2007-02-24 at 16:34 +0100, Rached Ben Mustapha wrote:

I often find myself adjusting the zoom level of spatial windows, based
on the number of files they contain. I tried to implement a zoom
slider, as can be seen in some applications these days [1] [2].
Another possibility for windows with few icons in them would be to
automatically zoom to fill more of the available space. This would only
work when the window is significantly larger than its contents, but it
would mean that you could zoom in by just making the window larger, and
zoom back out by making it smaller again.

Perhaps this could be a "Zoom to Fit" menu item, akin to "Fit Image in Window" in Gimp or "Zoom" > "Page" in Inkscape. Or perhaps it would just be crack. :-)

The Mac Finder has long included a function with the opposite effect: the "zoom button" in the title bar resizes the window so that it's just big enough to display all the folder contents if that's possible, or maximizes the window otherwise. This aids spatial recognition because it makes different folder windows more likely to have distinctive shapes and sizes. (But the button doesn't make sense in the title bar, because it's relevant for few applications other than the file manager.)

Matthew Paul Thomas

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