I was hoping for transparent tabs on the windows that may disappear when the mouse is not on the window. Only the window that has focus has a 75% transparent tab. 100% opaque tab on mouse over.
Transparency only looks good if it's done right (Aero Glass). This IMO wouldn't be the "nice" way to do it. I'm not a fan of transparency anyway but i wouldn't want to see transparent tabs, and i'm sure a lot of others wouldn't either.
Transparency should be used very carefully. In Ubuntu, the default theme has slightly transparent tops on inactive windows. Personally, I think it looks like crap.
Window shadows and antialiased rounded corners are a perfect use, though.
Who really wants something that is more resource intensive than a simple regular tab.
And isn't this supposed to kind of have the Beos feel?
> Who really wants something that is more resource intensive than a simple regular tab.
When you have dedicated hardware capable of drawing thousands of alphablended triangles and dedicated graphics memory, this is not really an issue.
Though I know Haiku doesn't have very good graphics hardware support right now, I'm confident it will come.
But sure, the rectangular, non-transparent theme should still be available for low-end systems. Or if you simply don't like the more "modern" look.
OK, I'll agree to that as long as I can have a minimal impact setting so I can use all the system horsepower for things that actually really matter. Yes I run all my Windows boxes in the classic mode with all the transitions turned off, can't stand them.
I would like for the GUI a little more functionality.
For the windows I would like something like in windows 7. When you pull the window by the title bar to the left side, the windows resizes itself occupying the left side of the screen. The same for the right side. Pulling it to the top of the screen will maximize the window.
I also like the task-bar of windows 7, it's quite organized, and the right window/application from the taskbar can be fast and easy accessed.
Personally I think that the GUI looks fine as it is. The subtle-but-elegant use of shading, the simple-but-beautiful GUI controls, and the general polished look and feel need no real change. In fact the only GUI are that I think could use improvement is TERRIBLE for large folders. The ability to have icons snap to a grid and to sort them by name or file type would be a nice thing, because I'm tired of using lists for all my large folders.
For snapping to grid, you have ALT+K, to additionally sort the icons, you press ALT+SHIFT+K. Sorting order for that is the same as in List View, so you'd have to temporarily switch to List View (ALT+3), do primary and possibly secondary sorting (SHIFT+click on a column) and then return to Icon View (ALT+1).
BTW, if you move a column in List View to the far left, beside the icon, and return to Icon View, the icon labels will show that particular attribute.