Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Overlay scrollbars in Xubuntu 11.10

Overlay scrollbars allow to save some screen space. Some say it's a usability issue because the target is smaller, so accordingly to Fitt's Law the time to complete the action will be longer. But I find no difficulty in using overlay scrollbars and I definitely enjoy the extra screen space (specially when using my Eee pc).
Not all toolkits implement overlay scrollbars, so at the moment, it isn't possible to get a uniform look from all applications (some will display the classic toolbars). But I understand that efforts are being made into developing support for other toolkits (xul , qt, vcl, swing , nux).
Clementine, Thunderbird and gVim are some applications that I use and don't display overlay scrollbars.

Install

Open a terminal window and run:
sudo apt-get install overlay-scrollbar liboverlay-scrollbar-0.2-0

References

Overlay Scrollbars - Update @Canonical Design
Overlay Scrollbars on different toolkits @Blueprints for Ubuntu
Full Circle Magazine - Ubuntu 11.10 and Unity Special Edition, page 12

1 comment:

  1. hey man, nice work, i take a lot of work

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