System-wide thumbnailed bookmarks
Some days ago I thought about how to improve a GUI in a new, handy way. I have to admit that my ideas are inspired by OSX and a I've seen in the creative design forum. Here's what I think it should be:
The general idea is to have a vertical bar with bookmarks that is always shown on the screen. These bookmarks aren't just websites, but also programs itself, documents like PDF-files, mails or chat logs and they are represented as thumbnails like in some file managers.
These thumbnails can be used in several ways. First you can open it and the appropriate program assigned to that file type opens so that you can directly use the file or website or whatever. The second way is to use it by drag and drop either to use the URI, the picture or the contents of that bookmark.
The third and perhaps difficult to understand way is as follows. Therefor I have to amplify:
I do most work in full screen windows to have the maximum space for the application. But there are some cases in which you need the data given by another application, i.e. file transfer from one window to another or data from a spreadsheet. Now you should be able to fade the needed data or application in the current screen.
I've done a crappy mockup to visualize the last idea (it's done in a modded wxp):
What do you think about it? Maybe this idea already exists, I don't know.