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Another take on Object-Oriented Desktops


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Another take on Object-Oriented Desktops

Another take on Object-Oriented Desktops

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Submitted:  Nov 5 2007


I've been thinking about new desktop workflow for a while now -- something more object-oriented, where you can link objects together, combining their power, much like piping in a shell.

The idea is to treat everything on the desktop as an objects with properties, much like unix treats everything as files with text.

So, contacts would be objects with addresses. Lists of contacts would be just that. Printers would have inputs which accept objects, so you can connect your contacts directly to the printer, or link them to the printer through a custom stylesheet, or a form letter, or whatever.

Everything would be combineable, based on types they have in common, giving you the power of a programming language.

When you connect things in a way you like or use often, you can merge the objects and connections into one, simpler object, which you can use in future.

You could even package these up and share them with other people -- perhaps even sharing links to local objects, for other people to use right on their desktops.

Finally, the other big concept is workflow and semantics. Objects would be understood in terms of what datatypes they can connect to, and when you click an object, related, linkable things would be highlighted (or listed/highlighted; probably in side panels).

Semantics and tagging would also be used to find related stuff. Panels would be separated into inputs and outputs on the left and right, so the workflow of connecting objects is always the same, no matter whether you're linking your pictures to print a portfolio, or linking satellites with the coordinates your own telescope is using.

Screenshots show what I'm currently thinking of. Ignore the graphics; I know they suck. Just the idea is important right now, and the communication of what's happening.

"2thinx" posted some screenshots recently of his own ideas, inspiring me to get off my butt and post mine. Hopefully we'll be able to work together on this, and combine the best of both our ideas.

If anyone else has suggestions or feels like coding a new plasma-like system, but with a very different paradigm, I'd love to hear from you :)

Although the mailshot example shows a highly-semantic document processor --- see my comments on the KWord 2 suggestions thread over on the dot for reasons why --- , it's important to note that normal apps like KWord could also be used, with simple wrappers that use the files loaded/saved as objects.

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 Scriptable App GUI

 by fm2097ad on: Nov 18 2007
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If I'm correctly interpreting your idea the name is not very adequate.
You are describing more of a high level block-like editor for a scriptable application GUI.

The basic principle is to have a separation of the core application (that provides some data structures and some methods - functions to handle the structures) and the application GUI.

I think this is a similar model to the one used in Plasmoids although with data engines, etc.

Then you have a widget factory that allows you to connect structures/methods to widgets (buttons, text panels, etc.). Lets say these widgets are available in any desktop app and are written in C++/Qt. To link both you can use any scriptable language you like (using Kross) and it's even possible to have a LEGO-like editor that does some of the work for you for attaching properties, arguments or whatever.

These custom representations (scripts) can then be shared (for example via KHotNewStuff2).
Any application could have more than one GUI script that is selected with the profile menu-option.

So you could have a simplified Kate if you are using it on an EeePC but on a high resolution you can have more (and bigger) buttons, tabs, etc. This could also ease usability concerns since anyone can have the representation he likes and easily share.

A link to Plasma would also be nice to concider.

If you'd like to resubmit your idea but with this concept (further developed and with some of your pretty mockups) I don't mind helping you out.

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