Floating window layouts
In addition to our Layouts in L4, it would be neat if we could have Floating window layouts which would open without disturbing our current layout. see http://community.logos.com/forums/p/22540/168161.aspx#168161 for more details on this idea.
Andrew Morris commented
I think this is an excellent idea. Whether the window is floating or otherwise is less on an issue, just that multiple layouts are accessible without having to close one layout in order to open another.
Scotty The Menace commented
I agree with those who suggest that floating layouts alone is too limiting. I'd like to have the ability to have multiple layouts open in the same window (maybe in a browser-like tab bar) or in a floating window, depending on the need of the moment. I would set a higher priority on the single-window interface because it's less messy on a single monitor, which I think is the more common user experience. Floating tabs would be great on a second monitor, but on a single monitor (like a laptop) it could be clunky.
Consolidating several suggestions below:
1. Provide a tabbed window of open layouts.
2. Enable opening individual layouts in floating windows.
3. Enable right-clicking a tabbed layout to open in a floating window.
There are many difficulties with layouts (no auto-save, links from the home layout opening on existing layouts, they don't save your place in documents, etc.) but this is the most frustrating.
Although there is a solution that goes most of the way to solve this, I hadn't been aware of it before. See https://wiki.logos.com/Floating_Tool_Windows where it is possible to save and open a Favorites folder in most of the same ways that a floating layout would function. It works great. The things that a floating layout would have in addition would include remembering panes within the window, the location of the window on the screen, and the link-sets between resources. But aside from those limitations, the Floating Tool Windows functions just as good instead of floating layouts. Since this alternative works, I'm releasing my votes from this suggestion.
It would be great if, when a resource link is clicked and the resource is not open but is assigned to a window sub-layout which is currently closed, that instead of opening the resource in some available pane, the option would be given to open the sub-layout where it is normally used instead (or a selection of sub-layouts if it is in more than one, e.g. BDAG might be assigned in a number of different study sub-layouts which would not be used at the same time).
With Logos 6 64-bit also taking more memory without paging as in the 32-bit version, keeping large numbers of resources open at the same time is much more of a memory hog, making this feature request more urgent than when using Logos 5.
I'd prefer to have different layouts accessible inside the same window, for example, pressing a button. I don't like when the screen become too messy because of windows "floating" everywhere. Besides, the latency time to charge each layout seems undue to me.
Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) commented
Thread => http://community.logos.com/forums/t/45060.aspx has thoughtful suggestion for adding open layout from a shortcut; would also like right click option in Layouts menu to open a layout in a floating window.
Donovan Palmer commented
+1 We need to be able to right click a link to open a resource in a floating window. In complex layouts, this is more desirable than the resource popping up as another tab.
Frank Fenby commented
I would like to right click on a named layout and say open it in a floating window.
I agree wholeheartedly with suggestions for saving/opening floating window layouts independently from either the main window or other floating windows. I could then open/close at will different floating windows that I use to separate and manage Greek/Hebrew lexicons etc, Dictionaries, Commentaries, Journals, Notes/Clippings/Favourites etc. (I normally keep my main window for main and alternate Bible panes, passage & exegetical guides, etc.).
At present, I have several layouts which have variations on each pane. It is not possible to keep changes (improvements) to one of these floating windows synched with older layouts without going into each layout and making the same changes for each one.
Therefore, when opening an old layout, I often find that one or more of its windows (e.g. Dictionaries) has an old version (layout) that I have improved since then - and I then need to switch layout again to note what the changes are, then switch back and make the changes.
Being able to save/update a floating window on its own, and have those changes maintained when switching layout, would be great.
It would also allow me to minimise system resources by closing some floating windows, as keeping them all open at the same time can slow things down.
It might also help if floating windows could be identified as the default for opening certain types of resources (e.g. all Note files opened would be opened in a certain floating window, if it is open, instead of opening beside passage guides, and so on). But the automatic detection of similar types of resources open works most of the time.
Mike S. commented
I would identify the need for independent floating window layouts as a way to save normally used layouts for a kind of deep dive or specific kind of research. For some examples, see http://community.logos.com/forums/p/36249/272038.aspx#272038
For me, the primary use will be a replacement of "Text Comparison" that will allow me to really study and compare translation differences as part of in depth study.
Other uses: search for journal articles on a subject without disturbing my bible study layout that I will return to frequently during my foray into journals.
I agree, but I like the tab suggention from Anthony U. I don't think there is a need to specify "current" or "normal" layout vs. a "floating" layout. The point is that it would be nice to have multiple active layouts accessible via either tabs or separate windows. Thanks for posting this!
Patrick McKinley commented
Yes this sounds like a great idea. A real plus for people with a multi-monitor setup
Chris Roberts commented
I would also like to see this. Another discussion on the topic is here: http://community.logos.com/forums/p/24742/183771.aspx#183771
Anthony U commented
I would like to have multiple layouts open at the same time and be able to access them by a visual tab or folder name. I could open my reading tab, dictionary tab, map/image tab, etc. and scroll through them as necessary. Without multiple monitors, its hard to open and manage lots of resources.