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[Suggestion] Add "Cloud" view mode - icon size depends on popularity

Submitted by Indrek on February 27, 2009 to Usability

Inspired by this submission:
http://www.windows7taskforce.com/view/1539

What I'd like to see is a view mode (in addition to the current icons, tiles, details, list etc) that would dynamically resize each icon based on its popularity (ie. number of times clicked). This basic idea is the same as a tag cloud:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tag_cloud
The Start Menu already tracks your most recently used shortcuts (apparently incorporating the popularity of the program as well, to some extent), so extending that feature to be systemwide shouldn't be too difficult.

This has myriad uses. You could use it in Windows Explorer, making documents you open most often larger and thus easier to target. You could use it on the desktop, making your most popular shortcuts larger. It could be incorporated into other programs, like Media Player and Media Center (resize album art based on number of times played), as well as 3rd party products.

And, lest someone misunderstand, this would in no way be mandatory. It needn't even be the default mode. But it'd be user-settable for each individual folder, if they so desire.

See screenshot for a rough mockup.

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Discussion (32 comments)

Ensign Joe wrote on February 27, 2009, 4:03pm

Nice mockup, brilliant idea!

RedSign wrote on February 27, 2009, 4:26pm

There are more important things to do I think.

.Chris wrote on February 27, 2009, 4:37pm

Yes, there is.

Windows is not a blog, nor a website. Tag clouds work better on there as its just text.

Explain something, what if you have over 100 icons that are tag? 25-35% maybe even 50% are "large", you'll see this idea is pointless then

fuchueh wrote on February 27, 2009, 4:37pm

if you nerver experience of use linux-gonme, you can't to realize...........

.Chris wrote on February 27, 2009, 4:38pm

but, I can see ***MAYBE*** how this may work in windows live somehow.....

.Chris wrote on February 27, 2009, 4:39pm

@ fuchueh

Enough with your if you nerver experience of use linux-gonme, you can't to realize.........

"i can't to realize" ?? WTF?

Indrek wrote on February 27, 2009, 4:45pm

@Chris: obviously this wouldn't work in folders with a large number of files - the icons would either be too small, or you'd have to scroll around. But for those folders, you'd use the Details or List view.
The large and extra large icons views are also pointless in such a situation, but that doesn't mean they're not useful in other cases.

As for better things to do, I think we should let Microsoft be the judge of that.

.Chris wrote on February 27, 2009, 4:59pm

Still, RedSign is correct. I don't think everyone wants windows to be like a blog. its an OS

fuchueh wrote on February 27, 2009, 5:14pm

Again,

If anyone wan't see the Windiows OS made great progress,
or wan't see new function is yourself unneeded.
Please use an older version of Windiows OS. you will don't see it. OK?

.Chris wrote on February 27, 2009, 5:15pm

Dude, enough.

Indrek wrote on February 27, 2009, 5:20pm

Oh come on. In what way does that turn Windows into a blog? Just because it uses a way of displaying files that's similar to the way blogs display tags?

Okay, here's another analogy for you. Maps also use larger text size to display more important locations. So why couldn't Windows use larger icons to display more important items (ie. the ones you use most often)?

Don't you want Windows to be able to make use of the big, pretty icons it includes, and its ability to dynamically resize them?

.Chris wrote on February 27, 2009, 5:25pm

Because Windows is not a map :p

Think of this, will this benefit the majority of windows users? It seems jump lists do this already.

superstrikertwo wrote on February 27, 2009, 5:27pm

Yes, Jump Lists do this sort of thing already. just use them

demoted

burnblue wrote on February 27, 2009, 5:42pm

We already have Arrange By Date Modified, so I'm good

fuchueh wrote on February 27, 2009, 5:49pm

a large number of unusual
votes appearing on the Internet

RedSign wrote on February 27, 2009, 7:17pm

The votes say everything so I think you have to live with it. Everyone here has the right to demote and no one should be blamed for that.

luskaner wrote on February 27, 2009, 7:54pm

-1
waste of programmer's time :P

Indrek wrote on February 27, 2009, 8:31pm

"The votes say everything so I think you have to live with it. Everyone here has the right to demote and no one should be blamed for that."

You're mistaking me for someone who attacks people for demoting ideas.
I'm simply trying to explain my idea to others, so there's no need to get defensive.
The votes also say that there are people who like this idea.

As for Jump Lists, they're application-specific, this isn't, so they have slightly different usage scenarios.

logic_earth wrote on February 27, 2009, 8:32pm

No thanks, the idea may work for tags and other social applications it does not work in a solo environment with ones own files.

My documents is not a social application!

-1

Indrek wrote on February 27, 2009, 10:02pm

I don't get why everyone's acting like they'd be forced to use this...

logic_earth wrote on February 27, 2009, 10:15pm

It adds complexity without any benefits.
You want the feature then implement a third-party extension.

Thunderbuck wrote on February 27, 2009, 11:18pm

Not going to vote up or down. I think it is a nifty idea, might be worth pursuing.

Wouldn't add it as a native Windows feature, though. I'd leave this for a third-party to develop.

fuchueh wrote on February 27, 2009, 11:57pm

lamers,

this will not influence original 'View' function.

...

.Chris wrote on February 28, 2009, 2:53am

Indrek

Try explaining it in the post in the first place, but the screenshot says it all, and many dont want such a thing.

3rd party apps sound ideal,

Indrek wrote on February 28, 2009, 3:10am

Don't want, or don't need? There's a difference.

andrei030 wrote on February 28, 2009, 1:05pm

.Chris you should STOP correcting and laughing of people's grammar, you also have a lot of grammar errors and we don't bother you.

Ensign Joe wrote on March 1, 2009, 1:20pm

Still like it :) Although I hate Windows' behavior that it does increas size of icons to whatever 512x512 but does not enlarge the labels.

Arayta wrote on March 2, 2009, 7:21pm

.Chris, there you go with you "calm down" followed by your hypocrisy.

*Shakes head*

Arayta wrote on March 3, 2009, 2:47am

Lol and he continues. xD

.Chris wrote on March 16, 2009, 10:49pm

kids.....

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