Getting the databases in a sidebar of their own

It seems that is a much neglected feature? I rely on it totally.

Yes indeed, please ASAP. I am a DT Office Pro user since 1.x in 2007. And for a very long time the 3PV was the only used layout for me, nothing else. It just works, no improvement needed. I bought the 3.x server upgrade a while ago when it was on offer, but did not make the switch so far. While preparing to do it today, I hit that 3PV missing issue. I wonder how long do I have to wait further? Any betas available?
Still happy with 2.x, but now I need the server. So for the moment I am in a lose-lose situation.

Just curios - this unlimited tree thing now in DT3.x was a UI design pattern mistake from day one when it had been invented by Microsoft (someone else?) ages ago. I refrained from buying any software which relied on it. Now I am forced into it by an upgrade of a very good software which could be used until now very smooth without it! WHY?

Sorry for the rant.

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I don’t know if 3V pane is a design pattern mistake. MacOSX has four pane mode. I use it seldom myself. Rather dive through each folder that works fine. I’m usually not stuck with worries if UI changes, but we all are different.

@ksandvik - no not the 3PV is the design pattern mistake, it was perfect. The open endless tree thing which comes with 3.x is the very old design pattern mistake. It never worked in any other application I have seen and it does not in DT 3.x. (Edited my first post)

What’s wrong with 4V view in Finder, one of modes? MacOSX does not have 3V view, btw.

Now, I would not like to have 3V nor 4V mode in DT3 as it just will eat up screen space.

I don’t know if you’ve ever used 3PV in DT2 but I assure you there isn’t any tool, at least that I know of, that has a 3PV as a feature. There is an inherent difference between a 3PV and a “kind of view” which you so call 3V, 4V. It is referring to 3PV in terms of functionality not in the sense of a “user interface”. These are two very distinct concepts.

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This post, and those you have made in the other 3 Pane View thread, suggest that you just don’t understand the way in which 3 Pane View was utilised to manage information, not view it. The reference to Finder(!) reminds me of something I read here where one of the developers noted that the new Navigation pane (into which so much is now crammed) conforms to Apple design concepts re sidebars. Except, of course, that 's not true. Finder does not force one to drill into folders in the sidebar – one chooses the context (Documents, Downloads, Applications, etc), and then uses the next pane to navigate the content. That is one of the inherent powers of 3PV – it separates context from content. That is not possible in DT3 when using multiple databases with multiple folders. At least, I haven’t found a way to do so, and have not received any guidance from DTech on how I might do so.

Having reverted to DTPO2 for my serious work of late, I can promise you that the difference between using DT3 and DTPO2 (in this one specific, crucial instance) is like the difference between night and day. The serious downside, of course, is that all of the wonderful improvements built into DT3 are not available. I particularly miss the new Inspector.


Thanks @cgrunenberg for the 3-pane view replacement; works great! And… you guys implemented multiple group selection in the sidebar! Glad you guys got around to releasing the better release sooner! I think this creative implementation effectively brings back 3-pane view.