This is a request concerning some Win7-like eye-candy. I filed it originally against xfce4-panel (bug http://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=6881 ), but was redirected to the window manager.
One thing that would improve the Icon Box experience (or its equivalent in 4.7) would be a pop-up window, which would appear immediately upon hovering (and quicker than the current tooltip), and would feature the wm title (as in the current tooltip) but also some oft-used wm buttons such as 'minimise' and 'close'. In a complete implementation, make these configurable in a fashion similar to Settings > WM > Button layout.
Another bit of eye-candy would be a thumb included in the pop-up window
described above. This would be similar to what Win7 does, or Opera when
hovering its tabs. I'm wondering, though, how difficult it would be to
implement this. In any case it should be optional, for user who prefer a
Transitions. Opera's transitions---the sliding effect when quickly moving
(hovering) from one tab to another---are best in the business, and should such
a pop-up window ever be implemented Opera's way of handling pop-up thumbs
should be a handy source of inspiration.
Would these have a place in xfwm4?
+1: it could be useful for knowing what contains an specific instance of a program (for example multiple firefoxes or consoles)
> Another bit of eye-candy would be a thumb included in the pop-up window
This is important functionality, not eye candy. Currently, the only way to tell apart windows with the same name (such as multiple instances of Xfce Terminal) is to remember their order. If more than a few instances of Xfce Terminal are open, the window buttons become pretty much useless for switching between them. The Alt+Tab window switcher does have window previews and so works as a substitute, but the window buttons should also have previews so that the user has a way of knowing which one to click on.
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