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Authored by: ploiku on Jun 10, '03 09:49:51PM

1. It can hold text-clippings, URLs, files and folders
2. It can hold multiple items
3. It hides, but also floats above windows, for easy access
4. It tries to alleviate windows shuffling

You can use it to drop bits of text onto while reading a text document or a webpage. Later, you can drag them where you want.

If you are writing an email message, and need to attach a file, switch to finder, drag to XShelf, switch to mail, drag to message. You don't have to try and make the Finder window and the Mail window be on screen at the same time.

Sure, you can just have a finder folder that acts like a container, but then you have to make sure that it's always got a window open, you have to get to it by bringing Finder forward (unless it's the desktop, in which case you have to move things around until you can find the item you're interested in), and you have to decide immediately whether you want to copy/move/alias (i.e. before you deposit it in the "intermediate" container). Some programs don't resolve aliases - which means to drop a file onto them, you have to either make a copy of the original or move the original into your intermediate container.

Still, I can understand why it's not really useful for a large class of people.

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