The_Tick wrote:1) Drawers were usually misused by developers. I only know of one application where it was used appropriately.
I'd be curious to know which application that is. I can think of at least 3... and some of the changes Apple has made to eliminate drawers, such as in the new iCal, are truly horrendous pieces of UI.
The_Tick wrote:2) You do NOT need to leave sidebars up all the time.
This is true, it seems, of very few sidebars. For example, you can't close the sidebar in iCal (which looks like it has a sidebar minimization widget, a la Finder), or iTunes (which has no such widget at all), or iPhoto (which has another different widget from iCal and the Finder)... etc. You also can't close the sidebar of tabs in the current Adium implementation as of 1.1b6, unless there's some way to close the sidebar that I haven't found yet.
In any event, this forum is about Adium Betas, not general Apple UI discussion... so going back to the current Adium beta UI (about which, by the way, the handling of bottom tabs seems much nicer so far than in the previous beta):
1) When tabs are displayed in a sidebar, is it possible to have a scrollbar (for consistency with sidebars in other applications, etc.) instead of the >>?
2) is it possible to have an option to not display contact images in the sidebar, as they're already displayed in the contact list and use a whole bunch of space (both horizontal and, more importantly, vertical)?
I can certainly file these as enhancement requests, if that's preferred...