this is my first post here. I have been looking for a program like gridmove. Let me explain.
Last year AOL released a program called Openride. And I must say that all software released by AOL is trash... except for this one. Truly it is the only aol software I've used and liked. What made it really cool was the interface, a 4 pane design that let you do everything at once. The program itself was a big container that divided screen into 4 quadrants: Email, IM, Web, and Media. When you started the program the browser had most of the view, but all panes were visible. If you clicked on one of the other panes, it would resize and become the largest view, but again, at least a sliver of all panes were visible (There was a maximize button that would bring it to 100% view, when a window was maximized this way the icons of the other quadrants was still available at the top so you could hop between them). There was also a dynamic sizer button, where the vertical and horizontal dividing lines intersected. You could drag this point around and it would automatically resize all the windows based on your input. The video is still up here. http://discover.aol....ur/openride_tour.adp
(Watch the intro, and the dynasizer chapter) Well, if the software is so great why am I telling you guys? Well, earlier this year, despite a plethora of good reviews, AOL openride was cancelled completely and is now inoperable. The software was replaced with something called AOL Desktop that takes out the automatic view features and brings back a classic AOL interface (codename: "suck"). I think that most AOL Lusers didn't know how to use it and AOL didn't realize what they had so they scrapped it. I think that gridview, or a new program could be written to behave similarly. However instead of hardcoding certain programs into this container app, one could choose whatever program they wanted to put in any quadrant (Maybe I want winamp in the lower right, and outlook in the upper left one day, and the next I need excel and word open side by side). Also maybe have an option of 2 or 3 panes instead of 4, or have an empty pane, etc.
As you can tell I really really liked Openride and hate to see it go, but the interface idea is just too good to forget. It differs a bit from gridmove in that the program I envision is a program that "houses" other programs and dynamically resizes them, but perhaps it would be easy to do, or maybe it is a new program entirely. Gridmove seems to be kind of on the same page as what I had in mind. What do you think? Is this possible? And again, this is my first time here so if I'm not following protocol let me know.
Thanks for your time!