Posts: 1286 from 2003/2/15
From: Central Europe
Is it possible when you iconfy the root dir of a partition or device to Ambient, make it dissapear instead of having it iconfied as a separate dir?
I do not mean to sound glib but, if you do not intent to have a window be iconified, have you considered to simply not iconify it?
Your argument is that developers should deliberately break
the iconify functionality so iconify does no longer consistently iconify a window in order
to make the behavior more "obvious" and "expected" from a user's perspective. I do not believe your suggestion will achieve what you think it would.
The key issue appears to be that you view an iconified Ambient window as a mere shortcut pointing to a specific path. However, this is incorrect. When you iconify an Ambient window, you merely hide a window and its entire state
is being preserved, which includes information on whether it is in list or icon mode, whether all or only files with icons are being shown, and even what specific files are selected inside the window.
Having said this, there is some weird behavior in Ambient that is related to all of this. If you do iconify the SYS: device, clicking on the main SYS: device icon will bring back the iconified window (and its last state) rather than open a clean new window, which might have different default settings and would have no files already selected. The only way to get the default view of SYS: in an Ambient window is to first open "My MorphOS" and then navigate to SYS:, which I would say is a bit weird and clunky.
Like the MacOS finder, Ambient appears to assume that users are senile and forgot they already had a specific device open in another window, thus will refuse to open an additional window so it makes you unnecessarily go through "My MorphOS", which I do not think is a better approach.