Death of the Application Browser

Geoff Canyon gcanyon at
Thu Nov 26 22:50:38 EST 2015

Have you tried Navigator? It is a very simple list view, fairly quick, can
be made small and collapses down even smaller, and allows for multiple
instances so you can see/work with many separate stacks at the same time.

I only kinda sorta support it though, so your mileage may vary. The version
included with LC is nowhere near up to date. I can send you a more recent
one if you like. Also, I haven't updated Navigator at all for LC 8, so I
don't know at all how well it handles the new LCB controls.

On Thu, Nov 26, 2015 at 2:36 PM, J. Landman Gay <jacque at>

> On 11/26/2015 1:04 PM, Monte Goulding wrote:
>> What I don't really understand is why people aren't offering
>> suggestions on how to improve the project browser so it will work for
>> them. To my mind the simple solution would be to have multiple layout
>> modes (tree, list, column) and the ability to detach chunks of the
>> hierarchy into a separate window by double clicking or dragging. That
>> would open up a world of possibilities for copying and moving objects
>> around.
> Something like that would work for me. The list had a long discussion
> about this before and I'm sure the team read it. It mainly comes down to
> those of us who work with very large stacks (mine contain hundreds or
> thousands of objects over 50 or more cards per stack.) The best way to work
> with stacks like this is to have a column view like Finder offers where you
> can see breadcrumbs that display the relationship of objects to their
> owners.
> In my case, every stack is a clone of a master stack with only text and
> some objects replaced. That means that cards have no names (only IDs) and
> most objects are named identically across all the stacks. It isn't possible
> to identify where you are in the Project Browser because the containing
> group, card, or stack has scrolled out of view.
> Another issue is the visual clutter, which I find very difficult to work
> with. I'd like to see the plainest kind of text list possible. I have
> already turned off thumbnails because outside of the clutter, they slow
> down the browser unacceptably when it is trying to update that many objects
> repeatedly. Even so, it is still too slow to work with. The App Browser
> updates instantly because it is pure text.
> If the Project Browser could respond faster and offer column view so I
> know which object belongs to which card and stack I could possibly work
> with it.
> If the team would like an example to work with, they have already signed
> the NDA for my big project and it shows these issues clearly. If they no
> longer have the stacks, I'd be very happy to resend them.
> (Finally, I hope I didn't show any claws, though I admit that removing the
> App Browser would force me to remain in LC 7 indefinitely and I had a
> moment of despair.)
> --
> Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at
> HyperActive Software           |
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