[Lazarus] First impressions of Lazarus under Mac OS X

Graeme Geldenhuys graemeg.lists at gmail.com
Fri Jun 24 10:42:29 CEST 2011

On 06/24/2011 09:43 AM, Mattias Gaertner wrote:
> OS X has a maximize/restore button. But many programs do not use the
> full screen width.

That's what I meant by "unlike Windows or Linux". Just about every app I
tried under Mac OS X doesn't maximize to full screen width and height.

> But for some programs like safari I don't understand this decision.

Simple. It's easier to read narrow columns of text. So they maximize
vertically only.
BTW: Linux has this feature too. You can maximize both directions
(default), or vertical or horizontal.

>> I'd say, default the main form width to something like 1024 pixels. Then
>> let the developer adjust it further if need be.
> I used 1200.

That will be much better. Thanks.

> You overlooked a checkbox, because you know it is there?

No, I ignore the checkbox by default, because it never worked on any of
the platforms I use Lazarus on daily. That's Ubuntu Linux (many
versions) and Win2000.

Another really odd Lazarus feature under OS X, is when you minimize the
main form. Only the main form is minimized, all the others are still
visible. So you have to minimize them one by one. Trying to restore the
main form was rather tricky too (well for me at least, as I'm a OS X
newbie). Eventually I found out how. I had to right click the icon in
the dock, and then select the main form from the list of windows (it has
a little diamond next to it). I would have expected the "whole" Lazarus
to minimize when I minimized the main form. And restore all windows when
I click the Lazarus icon in the dock. But then again, maybe that's just me?

  - Graeme -

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