There's an text processor that has a "take over your computer mode" and it banishes all other applications, and has a single screen of text, very few controls visible. It's for NO distraction, put the words down. In this mode, you have no search, no menu. You have an escape key to bring back a more normal view, but that's it.
This is great when you are on a creative tear. It's great when you are going through the thing line by line looking for wrong word, missing commas. But there is no search and replace. Moving blocks of text around is hard. There are no layout tools. Focus is on ONE task.
Having definable workspaces allows users to set up environments conducive to doing particular tasks. E.g. Rating and culling needs a different setup from keywording, which needs a different setup from dust patching, which needs a different setup from colour balancing.
For example: For rating and culling, I like having a film strip on the bottom. This allows me a reasonably large view of the image, and a glance at the film strip tells me if I have similar shots to this. I like to give 1 extra star to the best of a group of similar shots.
For colour balancing, I want to have several images on the screen at a time, with a neutral grey between them. One image is the primary that I want to make all the others have a similar tone to. For spot removal, I want single screen high mag, with easy ways to scroll and change zoom levels, and a loupe that can be turned on and off.
For keywording I like aperture's setup, with a thumbnail browser on one screen, and all the currently selected images on another.
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