Saturday, August 18, 2007

Parts, drugs and Fullscreen

Fullscreen is often an eyecatcher - isn't it? ;)
But I didn't wrote that to annoy you but to tell that the SWT team (especially Kevin Barnes) just committed fullscreen support for SWT shells. I'm really happy that my patches - which were part of my Google Summer of Code project - found their new home in the Eclipse CVS.
If you're one of the lucky ones working with SWT HEAD or any of the upcoming N-builds you can do something like this in order to turn your shells into real fullscreen windows:

Display display = new Display();
final Shell shell = new Shell(display, SWT.SHELL_TRIM);

Button bFullscreen = new Button(shell, SWT.PUSH);
bFullscreen.setText("switch fullscreen");
bFullscreen.addSelectionListener(new SelectionAdapter() {
public void widgetSelected(SelectionEvent e) {

When running this little application and clicking the button, you'll get a fullscreen shell which covers the the whole space of your active screen.
As this a really nice-to-have feature of Eclipse, I'm currently working on a new command/handler/keybinding for the workbench to allow the user to switch the IDE into a fullscreen application.

Besides this there is another major task planned for my SoC project - Detached Windows. Sometimes hated, sometimes loved. I've to say that I really love them...but only my patched version which can hold serveral ViewStacks (folders of views) in one window. It could look like the on on the right.

As I really follow the term "eat your own dogfood", I'm working on my SoC project with two screens:
Screen 1: Eclipse IDE in fullscreen mode which covers everything else on that screen
Screen 2: a detached Window which allows me to arrange my views and folder just like the workbench window itself
Interested? Here is a picture of my current desktop (caution: ~400kb, 3360px*1050px):


Savino Sguera said...

Awesome! Great job man...

bimschas said...

That's exactly what I was looking for! You wrote that you code made it's way into Eclipse CVS... will full screen mode be part of some next release?! Is there a plugin for it?

Also, I would love to have detached windows when using 2 screens!

Great Work!

sbackl said...

Full screen is fine if the support is there and any media is up to the challange, I wrote code to show certain images of b&q garden furniture and the images were not large enough however a friend wrote a program that manipulates the images clarity in full screen mode. It was quite amazing.

ink&ink said...

You wrote that you code made it's way into Eclipse CV which is precisely what i needed!to turn shells into real fullscreen windows

This is brilliant i have been looking for it all over!
Thank you so much!

Full screen is great especially with support.

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Sanne Grinovero said...

Hi, people is using Eclipse 3.4 now and this post is quite old... does it mean I could code in fullscreen mode? is there a shortcut?

peter said...

Sometimes I try to have a full screen and all of a sudden it gets shorter and I don't know why. I can't get in the system well and it's urgent because I'm going to buy my dose of Viagra Online.