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Raised dock for open programs.

A mode for serious multitasking.
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I'm writing a paper. Well, I'm procrastinating on writing a paper by writing a halfbakery idea. Right now I have a couple of tabs open in Firefox as well as two Pages documents, a PDF document open in Preview, and Evernote of course. It gets hard to keep track of all this and ~3 seconds is far too long to find the window I'm looking for. If I minimize things they go to the dock but they sit next to my other programs which doesn't make them easier to find. The idea then: when I select "multitasking mode" the currently open programs on the dock should rise up to be level with the top of the dock, making them easily identifiable. Making them a brighter color is nice but you still have to look along the dock to find them, and actually setting them apart would be the quickest way to identify one.
DIYMatt, Mar 21 2013

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       what's a "dock" ?
FlyingToaster, Mar 21 2013

       The thing at the bottom of the screen with icons on it. I believe on a Windows system it's called a "task bar".
DIYMatt, Mar 21 2013

       ah I see: I think the Windows equivalent would be the "QuickLaunch" area of the Taskbar (which also has an area for icons of open program iterations which is what you want). sounds good.
FlyingToaster, Mar 21 2013

       Um, just hit Cmd-Tab to see what programs you have running.
ytk, Mar 21 2013

       Yeah, or fiddle about with that Exposé/Spaces thing where (if you're suitably finnicky about these things) so you can move/assign different programs to working areas of your choice.   

       Personally, I think it's a bit OCDish to have to organise things quite as closely as that - but then again, I sometimes feel unusual if my coloured pencils aren't arranged in "Rainbow" order in their box, so I can't really talk.
zen_tom, Mar 21 2013

       //my coloured pencils aren't arranged in "Rainbow" order in their box,   

       Mine too, but from the other side of the rainbow.
not_morrison_rm, Mar 21 2013

       //just hit Cmd-Tab to see what programs you have running// There are a lot of ways to see which programs I have running. This one is just better.
DIYMatt, Mar 21 2013

       // I sometimes feel unusual if my coloured pencils aren't arranged in "Rainbow" order // Where does brown fit?
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 21 2013

       //Where does brown fit?//   

       If they're in rainbow order then presumably they're first sorted by hue, then potentially other channels, to taste. So presumably - near red. A more pressing question pertains to purple. Greyscale shades are also unspecified.
Loris, Mar 21 2013

       Surely they have to match the order in the illustration printed on the box?
pocmloc, Mar 22 2013


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