Re: [Gimp-developer] image modes and indications
- From: Bogdan Szczurek <thebodzio gmail com>
- To: gimp-developer-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] image modes and indications
- Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 13:06:22 +0100
On Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM, c55 inator <c55inator gmail com
<mailto:c55inator gmail com>> wrote:
Error messages and warnings in the status bar are incredibly easy to
ignore... I would suggest something like pixelmator [screen capture]
<http://cl.ly/3D16450D2W2k2H2J042I>, which displays overlays on the
canvas [here shown with keyboard shortcuts, but the same model can
be applied to other notifications]. Displaying information with
on-canvas pop-ups like this works well in my experience, as they
don't waste any screen space while being there when needed. Example
of a pop-up used for dimensions <http://cl.ly/2N3O141d3u3h1U3M1B40>.
I'm in favor of this general model. MyPaint has recently got canvas
overlays, and they're, so far, used to display zoom level changes. I
find them both very readable, noticable, and also non-obtrusive. I think
a lot of the instructions and information we currently put in the status
bar could be usefully moved to an overlay -- tool usage instructions are
a prime example, look at the paths tool for an example of something
that'll really benefit hugely; and 'wrong mode' info is something I have
to deal with a fair bit, it would also be good there.
One other thing is, if we are going to be informing the user that the
image mode is wrong, we should offer them a chance to easily correct it.
I generally agree with idea of "on canvas" indicators with one
objection: they have to be easy to hide temporarily during performed
operation. My reason is that when displayed, indicators, are "becoming a
part of design" thus "disturbing it" and in some cases forcing designer
to readjust changes made only a seconds ago because
"numbers/guides/handles" distorted his/her judgement when to stop.
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