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Way to open multiple instances of desktop application?

  1. #21


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    This and the other examples are about as close as you're gonna get:

    Snapping - Edwin000's library

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  2. #22


    Quote Originally Posted by jimjimmy1995 View Post
    I feel that the way they currently have it implemented has basically caused the entire OS to split into 2 separate sections meaning most people hate it. I don't see why they didn't do away with the desktop altogether in favor of the metro style programs which would at least keep things consistent. They could have simply designed a sandbox type app for desktop applications to run in that maximizes the desktop window essentially making it a metro app without requiring any UI changes.
    I hear what you're saying. It is indeed a great transformation from the old into the new. By 9 I'm predicting everything will be in Modern/Metro and will be able to be windowed on the "new desktop". To explain myself even further > The Start Screen is the "new desktop" with tiles/live tiles on it.

    Here's something interesting: Something quite interesting I found...
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  3. #23


    Nice little tutorial there, Edwin.
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  4. #24


    I think I may have lost the thread, with your last example but, this is an example of what I could have on my desktop, which is all I use as my workplace, using Modermix. For the example, three Metro Apps and one legacy app.

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  5. #25


    Now if only there were some Apps better than desktop programs. I still did not find any App that doesn't have a better desktop counterpart, let alone a "real program" like desktop publishing, CAD or MM manipulating. Percentage of Apps is miniscule comparing to classical desktop programs. When I work on a desktop publishing program I have to use at least 5 or 6 programs opened at same time across 2 monitors. Similar situation is with video editing or CAD.
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  6. #26


    Absolutely, CoutMike. It is a point I have been making since I first investigated the (Metro) Apps.
    I am happy with Windows 8, but I would criticise MS in there pre-emptive introduction of the Apps. Obviously, I have not had a chance, nor will ever, to try them all. But the large selection I have tried , I have not been too happy with. Even the indexing is low class. Free apps often turn out to be trials for a limited period, some, even though advertised as free, need to be paid up front etc. etc.
    I am quite content with the collection of Windows 7 programs I have collected over the years, and will continue to use them. My example, which showed Metro apps, were just that - an example. I do not use them. As for the store, it is many months since I even opened it.
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  7. #27


    Those Apps are really a long shot. I don't think even MS had high hopes for them. Not while they work in such environment that does not provide easy multitasking and focus shifting and specially data swapping and integration between them. MS Office is great example of integration. I can run MS Publisher, insert tables, Excel part, pictures, text and even video and work on them all without actually having their respective programs opened in advance. Can use Excel spread sheet directly in MS Pub. and it will instantly share data with an Excel file data comes from. Pictures in MS Pub. can be instantly worked on using Paint and text formatting is shared with Word file it can be connected to. For things like that Start Apps just do not have underlay for.
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  8. #28


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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Now if only there were some Apps better than desktop programs. I still did not find any App that doesn't have a better desktop counterpart, let alone a "real program" like desktop publishing, CAD or MM manipulating. Percentage of Apps is miniscule comparing to classical desktop programs. When I work on a desktop publishing program I have to use at least 5 or 6 programs opened at same time across 2 monitors. Similar situation is with video editing or CAD.
    That is my point exactly! There is barely any point in having metro apps at the moment. If they had sandboxed desktop apps into the metro panels then it would all work fine and people wouldn't hate it so much. That way we benefit from the massively superior functionality of desktop apps as well as the fluid app management system metro introduces. The way you can set up several different 'screens' of apps then switch between them works so well except that you never use it because the only programs you frequently use are desktop programs.
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