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Have fun with a Genie Effect minimizing glitch Apps
I was setting up a client's new computer (20 inch iMac - :drool:) and installing programs. When the install of Readiris finished, its installer relaunched the dock (it had added the program to the dock). I was minimizing windows when the installer finished, and *BAM*, the minimize stopped in its tracks. The warped window still worked just fine, and all the controls worked and were where they appeared in the window -- with the exception of the resize control; finding it was a little funky.

Resizing the window worked just fine and as I made it smaller, the whole thing shrank. But if I made it bigger than its original size, the window edges disappeared as if there was a mask in photoshop. I kept on using this warped window to install programs just for the novelty of it. When I got home, I described this to a spammmy from OpenMac, and we came up with a method to reproduce this:
  1. Open Terminal (if it isn't already open)
  2. Type killall Dock, but don't push return yet
  3. Hold shift and then click the minimize button on a window not owned by Terminal
  4. Hit return to execute the kilall command.
If killall is quick enough, the dock should quit in mid-motion, and the window will stick warped. I've found that suck windows don't work right once they have touched the dock, so if that happens, bring the app that owns the window to the front, cycle though the windows until the stuck one is in front (Command-~) and close (Command-W) or minimize (usually Command-M) the window and try again. Good luck!

[robg adds: I tried this, and it's true -- you can freeze and work with strangely warped windows ... not sure it's a bug, as it's hard to anticipate and program for a force-quit during a minimize operation. Still, it's pretty funny...]
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Have fun with a Genie Effect minimizing glitch
Authored by: adamjacobmuller on Feb 02, '04 11:35:41AM

wow!
i'm sitting here writing this on a safari window that's seriously warped!
totally freakish, really illustrates the power of Aqua and mac osx's graphics rendering. scrolling a webpage kind of makes me queasy to look at it... it's too strange!



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Have fun with a Genie Effect minimizing glitch
Authored by: Hes Nikke on Feb 02, '04 12:48:58PM

there is one more thing i discovered with this hint after i submitted it.

Exposť does NOT act on warped windows. i can't decide if it this good or not, but i though you might want to know.

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Have fun with a Genie Effect minimizing glitch
Authored by: CkB_Cowboy on Feb 02, '04 01:02:59PM

This is the coolest thing ever.

I'm watching the "Janet Jackson Superbowl Halftime Incident" .mpeg in a warped Quicktime window.

They totally planned that btw. :P

- CB

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Have fun with a Genie Effect minimizing glitch
Authored by: mm2270 on Feb 02, '04 01:16:27PM

Well, I must say, this is a trip! Haha!

Y'know, I can actually see one "sort of" use for this. If you keep your minimize effect on "scale" as I do, you can minimize a window to about half size, kill the dock and stil be able to use it. I'm keeping open a Safari browser window for a site I'm monitoring this way right now! It's great because it takes up less space and I can have it viewable most of the time. I can even use the refresh command periodically. Cool hint!



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Have fun with a Genie Effect minimizing glitch
Authored by: hamarkus on Feb 02, '04 02:09:45PM

Unfortunately, the links don't move, meaning that you have click where the link would be in an unwarped window, which, when outside of the warped window, means they are inaccessable.
In a warped window in opposite to a scaled (linear) one, one can, however, always scroll, to bring the link in question close the top, where the position of the links only move a little bit.



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Have fun with a Genie Effect minimizing glitch
Authored by: Hes Nikke on Feb 02, '04 08:37:28PM

safari 1.2 supports tabbing from link to link, that fixes your problem of your click target being wrong (kinda like my resize target)

i've also found that iChat windows act _verry_ strange... selecting text at the same time as moving the window!

lol

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Have fun with a Genie Effect minimizing glitch
Authored by: seika7 on Feb 02, '04 03:56:44PM

I read that the next version of Safari will let you tab or option-tab to links. That way, you can see which link is selected, then hit return.



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Have fun with a Genie Effect minimizing glitch
Authored by: Loren on Feb 02, '04 04:37:58PM

For the record, this froze my computer and I needed to hit the reset button. Couldn't force quit or anything.



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Slower Computers
Authored by: UltraNurd on Feb 02, '04 06:24:38PM

It doesn't work on my computer; the genie effect slows my PBG4/400 down enough to make the killall command not execute until the minimize is done. You need the latest and greatest to play with this. Or at least newer than my PowerBook...



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re:Slower Computers
Authored by: Hes Nikke on Feb 02, '04 08:36:38PM

yeah, i can only get it to work 2/3 of the time on my TiBook/500. looks like i'm at the bottom of the barrel!


lol

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re:Slower Computers
Authored by: ystoda on Feb 03, '04 07:45:27AM

I sucseeded in my 300Mhz iBook. Trick is just press the shift key when you genie a window.



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Have fun with a Genie Effect minimizing glitch
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on Feb 03, '04 01:27:31PM

heh- play with your dock pinning. one can get the genie effect to distort from any corner of the page.

i agree with an above poster...scale effect is actually useful--especially on a laptop with minimal real estate.

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Have fun with a Genie Effect minimizing glitch
Authored by: twangster on Nov 15, '04 01:55:34PM

Someone should just come up with a shareware app to let you warp and resize all windows at will...



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Have fun with a Genie Effect minimizing glitch
Authored by: eishak on Dec 01, '04 03:49:13PM

does anyone know of a development environment where one could resize Mac OS X windows at will? I'd like to scale in the X and Y direction independently.



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Have fun with a Genie Effect minimizing glitch
Authored by: Hes Nikke on Dec 02, '10 10:30:14AM

and almost 5 years later, this still works just great! :D

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