iOS 9's Picture to Picture Feature in OS X

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  1. TrenttonY macrumors 6502a

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    Imagine how great that would be. Ability to FaceTime, watch iTunes movies, or videos from Safari, and still be able work on other things. This is one feature I've been wanting for years. Its interesting to me Apple only put it on the iPad.
     
  2. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040

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    It was called Minimise in Place. It existed only has a hack in a beta in Panther. What was left of it became Exposé
     
  3. Ritsuka macrumors 6502a

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    What? It has always been possible on OS X. What's keeping you from putting the video in a small window and keep doing other things?
     
  4. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040

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    Because you can use 'Always on Top' feature of most video players
     
  5. KALLT macrumors 601

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    QuickTime and VLC indeed support that Float on Top feature. However, it doesn't work in full-screen mode, only on desktops.
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  6. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040

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    Oh yeah that's a good idea. Should give that to Apple feedback.
     
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  9. Laurence Eckert macrumors member

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    I have wanted Youtube on the desktop to do this forever since that update for their app a few years/months back. Would be interesting to be able to shrink the movie into a little box on your desktop without having to mess around with windows and menues.
     
  10. v1597psh macrumors regular

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    Yes! That would be a fantastic feature on OS X. I would like to have my FaceTime conversion always on screen. Because when I swipe between different full-screen apps it pauses my camera for participant. I also would like to take any video with one button to PiP. Apple must release a universal API for developers and port this feature from iOS.
     
  11. boston04and07 macrumors 65816

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    This would be great. It drives me nuts when my FaceTime window goes dark when I need to quickly switch to another space. I'm thinking a little button that shows up when you hover your mouse over the video feed (similar to the airplay button) would be nice.
     
  12. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    Source: https://developer.apple.com/osx/pre-release/

    Safari 9 is supposed to support PiP but it is opt-in only, sites have to use JS's PiP API to use this but I see no reference to this in Apple's Safari docs.
     
  13. v1597psh macrumors regular

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    This is the kind of PiP you are talking about. (see screenshot) But we are talking about system-wide PiP for different apps and not just safari for a single tab
     

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  14. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    I know, that's I was careful to mention Safari only as the OP said watching videos from Safari as one of the benefits. But if you're correct that it is just in-tab only, then it's pointless as I thought they were talking about outside of Safari, just like their other APIs to stream it via AirPlay and for putting the video in full screen mode with custom controls.
     
  15. tkermit macrumors 68030

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    I'm not sure there's a need for that. APIs to do pretty much exactly what you're asking for are already available for developers who'd like to take advantage of them. You can easily implement a floating window that is kept on screen and on top of other apps, even fullscreen ones. No need to reinvent the wheel here.
     

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