Re: [Rhythmbox-devel] Idea for new progress slider


I like the idea, even though it's somewhat unusual. I'd like to add to
it though: I think it's (somewhat) important to be able to seek to far
ends of the song sometimes. So even if centered on the current playing
position, the progress bar should cover the entire track's length. In
order to have a very high resolution near the current playing position,
it could be scaled logarithmically or something, so as to be able to
easily jump back both 10 seconds ("Did you hear that riff") and 15
minutes or something on audiobooks ("I forgot to pause it when the phone

I think it would take getting used to but would evolve into a powerful
tool once you're used to it. In order to get used to the scaling, there
might be tickmarks indicating like 10s back, 1m back, etc. They could
appear when the mouse hovers over the progress bar or be turned on or
off via the configuration, as I'd guess they wouldn't be the prettiest
thing. Also, the position you'd jump to if you clicked at the current
mouse position in the progress bar could be displayed in a tool tip or
instead of the 'current position' time. Actually, that might even be
better than the tooltip.

Also, since it's not the default way of doing progress bars, it should
be optional, but advertised... ;)

my two cents.

Martin Jeppesen wrote:
> Hi,
> The current slider takes up a lot of space in the UI, so here is an
> idea for a new slider I think that have more benefits than the
> current.
> The new slider idea can be summerized to:
> * The slider does not move as the song progresses.
> * It is always positioned in the center.
> * The center of the slider takes the value where the song is right now.
> Why this idea?
> The current slider is good for long songs because it is easier to
> trace the position that one wishes, but it takes up a lot of space.
> The new slider that could e.g. be only 100 pixels wide is high
> resolution so to speak, because it is always centered to the current
> position. This will give a very high resolution when the user wants to
> change position regardless of how long the song is.
> What do you think?

Karsten Schmiedecke
Institut für Strömungsmechanik und Technische Akustik (ISTA)
Sekr HF-1
Technische Universität Berlin
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin

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