Wouldn't It Be Nice? Integrated Palettes
Ever since version 1.0, Accordance has used floating palettes to keep certain features readily accessible no matter how other windows happened to be arranged on your screen. Palettes such as the Resource palette and Instant Details Box would float above other windows, and could be placed anywhere you wanted. I keep my Resource palette along the right edge of the screen and my Instant Details box along the bottom, but I've seen other Accordance users arrange these palettes in every conceivable configuration.
While floating palettes have their advantages and are still widely used today (witness the number of OS X apps that have an "Inspector" palette), modern interface design has shifted away from them somewhat. Modern apps tend to use them as temporary interface elements that you toggle on and off as needed (again, think Inspector), but which are not designed to be left open all the time around the edges of the screen. Modern apps tend to use a single window interface and place always-needed features in panels which appear along the edges of the application window.
While offering less flexibility with respect to where you can place these features, window panels do offer some advantages over separate palettes. If you have a laptop that you often plug into an external display, you may find yourself frequently switching between the small and large screens. You can adjust an app with a single window interface to different screen sizes by clicking the green jelly bean button in the window's title bar. Not so an app that uses floating palettes. Window panels can also be toggled open and closed with relative ease, all the while leaving the window size the same. When you close a floating palette, you leave a blank area on your screen where the palette used to be. Worse still, you tend not to fill that area of the screen with other stuff because you'll eventually want to open the palette again.
So modern interface design has moved away from floating palettes to integrated window panels. Wouldn't it be nice if Accordance followed suit?
Hmmmm. It sure would be nice.