703 votesPablo Sebastián Velazco supported this idea ·Pablo Sebastián Velazco commented
This may be a big change that will benefit both the portal (speed) and it will make provide a simpler, appealing, UX for the user.
I think the drag (right/left) blade(s) functionality is great, but there's one thing you should add. Because one of the biggest problems of the portal is, quite often, that we end up having too many blades opened.
This makes the portal slower (too many elements to render on the screen), and it is confusing sometimes.
Add a special icon/section on the vertical scrollbars,
or a keyboard + mouse combination,
or use the right button...
and, while dragging in this special way, morph the Blades slowly into a thinner blade, make it a column with relevant key icons and simple grouped words.
For example: Have 5 related blades opened; the last blade (the one that is one the right side) is a "Properties" Blade from a "Database" blade that is the first blade.
In order to avoid an extremely large and confusing "blade set", simplify them visually (IF the user wants to) and progressively convert the blades on the left, the previous blades (except the one in focus) into columns, with key icons/words.
And one click in some specially designated place in the columns (minimized blades) will expand 1 or all of them if there's need to,
Finally, the minimized blades will automatically (and progressively) expand if the last opened blade is closed.
This will help UX in my experience.