Fold n’ Drop

By on July 20, 2005

SlashDot pointed me to one of the most innovative UI ideas I’ve seen in a long time, and one that solves a real issue. Fold n’ Drop is an attempt to better address the issue of how to drag a file to a window that’s behind a bunch of other windows. Watch the video. Very cool.

Fold n’ Drop is a new interaction technique for seamlessly dragging and dropping between overlapping windows. It allows you to fold windows while dragging objects […]. Although it is still a research prototype, having it integrated into most popular window managers is technically conceivable.

There’s already a third-party implementation for you Windows folks (I didn’t try it, though, so caveat downloader). I hope this will get some buzz and become an available feature in Linux window managers shortly.



  1. I installed the beta (and yes, if there was a beta for “Machine that Shoots You in the Head,” I would install that too). It’s an executable that lives in your tasktray while it’s running (no install — you run it, it runs; you close it; it goes away).

    It’s neat. Seems to work. The graphic quality isn’t quite as smooth as in the video, but it does the same thing — let’s you page through windows and such.

  2. Cool. Although I’m a tad disappointed that you can’t roll the pages back to normal if you decide you really don’t want to move the file. But I’m not compaining.

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