Inside SWT

Saturday, June 09, 2007

It just works

The other day I remoted in from home to my Vista machine at work and noticed that the caret had stopped blinking. At first I thought it was a bug, but when more of the Vista animations weren't there, I realized that it was a feature.

Animations take bandwidth and Vista was degrading (gracefully) to give me better performance. Of course, Eclipse, RCP, SWT and other native applications get this right.

It's always cool when I find another feature that "just works". So many things just don't these days.



  • You're using remote desktop I presume?

    Incidentally, if you're running Vista on your local machine (with Aero enabled), it is possible to view the full Aero translucencies and animations through RDP (you have to enable some registry hack that I can't remember right now). I don't remember if it accelerates the graphics locally or not, but I do remember it didn't cause too much of a performance hit.

    So, if you're manic about translucent window borders and flashy 3D animations, you do have the option of seeing them even remotely! :-)

    By Blogger Daniel Spiewak, at 2:00 PM  

  • It was XP remoted into Vista (and you missed the point).


    By Blogger Steve, at 8:32 AM  

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