Good option. Nicely presented. What’s missing (from my preferred flow) is location (we all know how important location is …location, location, location) and identification.
Popouts do not work from top of screen and its a LONG way (visually, and for the focus of my attention) from where I’m at and focused on on the screen (I consider the cursor to be virtual me) to locate and hit a 1/2” target somewhere on the edge of a screen then get back to where I was in cursor location and thought. Also if there is more than one palette popout you would need to wait for some id to show up and move thru possibly several buttons to find the desired one, activate it, navigate to select option, and click on the enfolded option then return to the scene of the crime. Way too many actions required (obviously IMO). It becomes an ad hoc menu bar. Again, nice to have for infrequent access but cumbersome (IMO) for frequent use.
I’ve been finding a keyboard trigger with a palette appearing below the cursor to be a really nice option. What would be helpful are some more formatting options for the list that appears to enable more rapid id of items in the list when the list begins to grow beyond five or so items. Options like spacers, bolding, colors, size, or dividers. To run with this a bit it’d be nice to go beyond horo./vert. list to a palette with the options like a finder window with icons that can be moved and organized in space or at least have a column view where items can be organized within columns to allow for some separation.
Any macro with the Macro Palette trigger will be displayed in the Global Floating Palette. This palette appears whenever there is one or more active macros with this trigger, so it may appear and disappear depending on which macros are active (remember that Macro Groups control when a macro is active).
This is rough prototype.
I haven't tested here, so may need work-arounds to the work-around.
The goal is can click anywhere on the thin strip to bring up the standard, expanded, Global Floating palette, as shown above.
Not necessary to click any specific icon, because they all do the same thing.
Set up several identical macros to open the KM Global Floating Palette.
"Several" can be 3-4-5-6: up to you.
The number of macros determines height of the skinny palette.
Below is what I've got working here now:
From the skinny palette, click any icon to toggle global palette in full expanded mode (not shown).
I don't get little square minimized button at all, and I don't know why.
Trying to figure out what is the difference between your set up and mine that gives you the little square button when you don't want it?
Could it be that you use status menu trigger, but actions here use global macro palette trigger?
I don't know.
To get this working at all I had to restart.
I read some old threads on the forum about palettes disappearing.
It has been a recurring problem with no clear reason why (that I found so far).
Just quitting/launching KM engine did not do it.
Needed full restart.
I don't know if that is important on your side or not, but it was here.
Also, this question:
Do you want to use the skinny palette, or just use hotkey: ^ ⌥⌘ G ??
If you want to use skinny palette, I have some ideas how to "dress it up".
But later for that, if you want it.
Must get it working first.
Mark, thanks for all your work. Now that I know about the “Toggle Pallet” action, I think I will be happy with showing the Global Palette using just a hot key. So, I don’t need the skinny palette. Sorry for the sidetrack.