Krazy Glew's Blog: Monday, February 15, 2016: "I can't believe that focus stealing is still the state of the art. It causes bugs. Accidental corruption and destruction of data. And it can be a security hole."Add to this, something I just realized: focus stealing makes me much less efficient at work, because it makes switching to another task dangerous.
I do a lot of work that involves running background jobs scripting otherwise interactive apps. FrameMaker today.
I like being able to monitor the progress of such apps by leaving them open in a window on a different display, so that I can watch them out of the corner of my eye.
I would love to be able to do something else while these long running apps run - e.g. read email. Unfortunately, if the app steals focus, then what I am typing into an email sometimes gets inserted into the app. BAD!!!
So, for more than a year - I blogged about this in Feb 2016 - I have NOT been able to switch to my email program while these scripts run, for 5, 10, 15 minutes, sometimes more.
Worse: some time before this, IT disabled VPN access from mobile devices. Unfortunately, the only iPhone email programs that I can stand using - Triage, to which I have recently added Sift - do not use ActiveSync, only IMAP.
So, basically, I have been crippled keeping up with company email for the last year or more.
I only realized this because IT recently gave me VPN access. And all of a sudden I am keeping up with email again, reading it when the GUI focus stealing scripts are running.
I used to be able to blog while such apps were running - but haven't been able to do that with this focus stealing crap. At least not using blogger - I don't thing the "Blog This" Chrome extension is available on my iPhone.
Ditto anything, like web browsing. Pretty much I had to leave my MacBook idle except for the "should be background" app, because of frigging focus stealing.
Usable phone or tablet apps allow some such task overlap. But I still find it darned hard to write anything more than a few words on those devices.
Perhaps if I had a second laptop, or a desktop I could switch to.
You might hope that a virtual machine might work - unfortunately, the way I have configured Parallels, "Coherent", means that Windows apps steal focus from MacOS apps, and vice versa.
Always scripting such apps to "open -g" is unsatisfactory. I *want* the app to pop onto its screen - essentially a notification - but without stealing keyboard or mouse focus.
Oh for the old XWindows twm "click to focus" behavior.