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Do not show background tips unless focused #40

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50Wliu commented Feb 17, 2018


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Description of the Change

Only show background tips when Atom is focused to preserve battery life.

In the following GIFs, the slightly highlighted line in the Task Manager represents Atom. Notice the GPU usage when Atom is and isn't focused. (Note that I decreased the display duration to 1 second for a shorter GIF)

Before After
background-tips-gpu-before background-tips-gpu-after

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Uses public Atom and Electron APIs to detect when Atom isn't focused and deactivates the background tips and timers in order to save battery life. I have verified that the new listeners are disposed of correctly when the package is deactivated.

Possible Drawbacks

When Atom is still visible but not focused, no background tips will appear.

Applicable Issues


50Wliu added some commits Feb 17, 2018

@50Wliu 50Wliu merged commit 5446730 into master Feb 17, 2018

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