Allow the editor to be raised in front of the help window

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queshaw
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Allow the editor to be raised in front of the help window

Post by queshaw » Sun Nov 25, 2007 5:21 am

Whenever I look at help I also want to type in the editor while looking at help, but it won't let me bring the editor window to the front. So, I move the help window off the edge of the screen in order to type, which is inconvenient for me. I would like to have it act as a normal window, so I can switch back and forth.

sorin_ristache
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Post by sorin_ristache » Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:53 pm

Hello,

We tried that but there was a bug in the Java Swing framework about displaying two independent Java frame windows in the same Java application. There are focus problems when the first window invokes the second one for the first time. The second one is displayed but often the focus moves back to the first one in less than a second after displaying the second one. The random switch to the first frame is annoying and it requires switching to the second frame manually using the Taskbar or a keyboard shortcut (Alt + Tab). Sometimes you think the second frame was not even displayed.

We will have to check if the focus problem was fixed in Java Swing or to find some workaround to keep the focus in the most recent frame window. Please note that the Help dialog is not modal. It allows you to type in the editor panel while it is visible. Just shrink the main frame and move the Help dialog outside the main frame area to have both the main frame and the Help dialog visible at the same time.


Regards,
Sorin

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Re: Allow the editor to be raised in front of the help window

Post by sorin_ristache » Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:56 pm

Hello,

We added a new launcher in the Windows installation of Oxygen that displays the user manual in a separate window. The shortcut is called Oxygen User Manual in the Start menu programs group. The user manual can also be started in a separate window with the command line script userManual.bat on Windows, userManualMac.sh on Mac OS X and userManual.sh on Unix/Linux.


Regards,
Sorin

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