I really like DbVisualizer, but I think the use of screen real estate could be greatly improved. I don't have any specific suggestions, other than to say that I think it could easily cut back on lots of trim and borders, combine/consolidate menus, and things like that. Anything to let me see more lines of code, or more data in my grid.
I take it this is SQL Commander you are talking about? I kind of agree as its a wee bit cramped on my 15" powerbook.
At top, the database connection/database/schema selectors seem a bit redundant as they duplicate the left hand file selector choices. If the max lines/chars boxes find a new home then this gives a bit more space.
In the results window could the window switcher from bottom be replaced by a couple of icons? this would also get a bit more space.
There are also times when side by side panes might be handy.
I assume you are running OS X? If you are using the Aqua look and feel (this can be changed in Tool Properties) I fully understand there are a lots of unused space. This is by design in the Aqua (toolkit from Apple) look and feel. Try switch to for example Alloy or Metal as it use the space better.
Yes OSX/Aqua. The other 2 themes do indeed give a bit more space but its a bit like going back 20 years with Motif and other X-Windows type GUIs.
Well, not really that bad I think
Is there no hope for improving the usable screen area with Aqua? Pity.
It is the Aqua L&F guidelines from Apple that defines how the components in the GUI should occupy the space. Hopefully they will replace the current look and feel completely with some new L&F that is shared by all their tools as well.