Jul 31, 2011

How to have Eclipse full screen support in OS X Lion. Also for other apps like Textmate, Chrome and Firefox

Firefox Full Screen Button

I really appreciate OS X Lion full screen feature. Unfortunately, this works just for Apple applications and for those that already use Apple’s API for enabling this functionality.
But there’s already somebody that provided full screen support for all Cocoa applications! It’s Maximizer, a SIMBL plugin that allows us to push the full screen feature to any OS X Cocoa Applications. Quite all the modern programs for OS X are written using Cocoa.

Firefox Full Screen Button

Installation instructions:

  1. Quit all opened applications except a browser
  2. Download SIMBL and install it
  3. Download Maximizer
  4. Put the Maximizer.bundle file in /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins folder

Open an application to be tested. Et voilà!

Firefox in Full Screen Mode

It’s a pleasure to develop under Eclipse in Full Screen mode.

Eclipse Indigo Full Screen Button

written by dgraziotin

Dr. Daniel Graziotin received his PhD in computer science, software engineering at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. His research interests include human aspects in empirical software engineering with psychological measurements, Web engineering, and open science. He researches, publishes, and reviews for venues in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and psychology. Daniel is the founder of the psychoempirical software engineering discipline and guidelines. He is associate editor at the Journal of Open Research Software, academic editor at the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal, and academic editor at the Open Communications in Computer Science journal. He is the local coordinator of the Italian Open science local group for the Open Knowledge Foundation. He is a member of ACM, SIGSOFT, and IEEE.

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