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02-11-2011 05:08 PM
ah alrite. i get what you mean now. and it does sound kind of like they have no intention of giving us the other swipes hah. maybe suggest it via the issue tracker as a possible add on soon?
02-11-2011 06:44 PM
Even if we don't get to hear about the other swipes, it would be good to have the ability to do at least one last render prior to being minimized.
If they give us DEACTIVATE only after the thumbnail snapshot has been taken, I think there's certainly a case to be made for some event that will tell us that it's about to take the snapshot, so we can do something before that happens. I've already encountered a "need" for this once myself.
By the way, you mentioned a 1s delay or something with stopping your time by using the DEACTIVATE... I really doubt on the real device it will be that slow. Probably well under half a second, maybe not even noticable under most conditions. The simulator is really a pig in terms of performance on many things...
02-11-2011 06:52 PM
They 1 sec delay I'm talking about is the "shrinking" as the app switcher animates onscreen. As the app is shrinking down to a "card," it's actually still running (although I don't think that it will accept any mouse/touch events during this time). The app only "deactivates" once it is finished shrinking down into a thumbnail.
02-11-2011 06:55 PM
Ah, right, the animation itself. It's under 1s here, and a bit jerky, so it might be slightly better on the real thing, but obviously if they don't even send DEACTIVATE till it's down then we're stuck with whatever delay they've programmed for it.
A pre-deactivate event would make a good feature request. Are you going to file one? You've got the best use case I've heard.
02-11-2011 07:27 PM
Yeah, I'm going to put in a feature request, as JRab suggested. I'm a self-taught coder, so I'm timid when it comes to this kind of thing (if I can't figure it out, it almost never means that it's not possible). It's nice to hear confirmation that I'm not crazy :-P
02-11-2011 07:32 PM
02-11-2011 07:34 PM
hopefully you are refering to when your app rakes in some cash and not the market crashing again
but yes. we're all a little crazy inside!
02-11-2011 07:44 PM
We all might be crazy in spending these kind of hours on an unproven platform. Hopefully, we'll be crazy and laughing in line at the bank!
I'm reminded of the Amiga (which was an awesome platform), and OS/2 (which was a pretty solid operating system with real potential), both of which I thought were great at the time. And now I think the PlayBook is great... quick, everyone find a piece of wood and knock on it!
Sadly, the ultimate outcome is never dependent solely (or perhaps even much) on the capabilities of the platform itself, but far more on the marketing talents of the company pushing it, and the whims of the ever-fickle buying public.
02-15-2011 04:32 AM