[Digikam-devel] [Bug 102500] wish: more space conservative thumbnail view

Per Bothner per at bothner.com
Wed Jul 11 02:13:39 BST 2007

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------- Additional Comments From per bothner com  2007-07-11 03:13 -------
Each image is surrounded by:
(1) a thin border;
(2) padding; and
(3) another thin border (which also includes any thumbnail information.
Then there is
(4) more padding between each thumbnail and the edge of the thumbnail pane.

This is really wasteful.  I don't think we need *any* of these.  On the other hand, one might want a little bit of air between each thumbnail.

One idea: If there is any extra horizontal space, divide it evenly between each thumbnail.  Suppose the thumbnail image size is T and then pane width is W.
Then N=floor(W/T) images will fit in a row.  The extra space is W-T*N.  Divide that by (N+1), and use that as the space between each thumbnail, as well as before the first thumbnail and after the last one.  In addition use the same spacing ((W-T*N)/(N+1)) for the spacing between rows, as well as the space before the first row and after the last row.

Thus those who want to cram as many thumbnail on the page as possible can easily do that, and those that want some space between them can do that.  Furthermore, it's a very easy and intuitive user interface, and easy to adjust on-the-fly.

f-spot does divide extra space between each thumbnail, but it doesn't allow squeezing things together as much as I'd like to be able to, and they don't change the vertical spacing.

Furthermore, the album item tooltip should be displayed when the cursor is anywhere in the thumnbnail area, including the information area.  That makes it more useful to reduce the amount of Thumbnail information shown below each image, since if one wants more, just look at the tooltip.

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