Yesterday I flew back to the US from the UK so had 8 hours to kill, and I decided to have a good session in XOJO on my Windows 8 laptop with 1366x786 resolution. Although during the last week, I had done 20-30 mins here and there, the reason why I was over in the UK was taking precedent. I actually had some quality time.
I have to say, and I wonder if others have similar views if they’re on the same resolution, is that I found overall the experience in the new IDE on the 1366x768 resolution under Windows 8 to be less than satisfactory.
My biggest issues was real-estate. By the time I had the Navigator, Toolbar, Library up, I was left with very little design and coding space. The Toolbar seems to be fixed and I have no ability to use small icons with or without text. The Library/Navigator is way too big. Debugging was pain, breakpoints, when the code stopped was at the bottom of the little code window so I was having to scroll.
Screen flicker was an issue, although the library/inspector flicker was tolerable, I was getting odd artifacts on auto-complete that I found distracting.
To be honest, I needed to concentrate on a buggy piece of my code and went back to 2012r2.1 on that size of laptop.
Now, on the other side, with the new licensing I could go back to Xojo on my Mac Mini, and running at 1680x1050, oh what a difference. The whole GUI experience was very usable and I enjoyed some “jetlagged up early” coding.
I know a few others do feel that the WIndows IDE is the poor stepchild, always sat on the mat with the Linux one, but on my laptop running at that (now determined) relatively low resolution I felt we had been kicked to the kerb with a dunces hat.
I’m hoping that XOJO 2013r2 will concentrate on real-estate for lower than 22" monitors