All the components are of a fixed size, except the preview area (the
big box in the middle), and the timeline (which is of a fixed height,
but will stretch to whatever width the window allows). The preview
area will always scale so it's zoom-to-fit.
As Cooper & Reimann would say, this application should have a sovereign
posture. So it's designed to look best when it's maximized on a
"normal" single monitor.
But people don't always view it that way... they may want to drag and
drop images from their browser or file system, for example, so they'll
scale the window down. In this case, the window my look more like
(We know they don't have to resize the window to do these things, but
they don't know that.)
Now a lot of dead space is introduced in the middle of the window.
What are the general philosophies about how to deal with dead space?
(Are they written down?) I'm sure this must be related to a lot of web
Not a huge deal, as we hope the application will normally be run
maximized, but worth asking...