# [Kst] Some comments on view objects...

George Staikos staikos at kde.org
Tue Jan 31 20:19:00 CET 2006

Please file bug reports for all of these.  With respect to the indicators, the
green ones show the selection, the black boxes show the focus.  Two sets of
indicators are necessary.

For the ellipse outline, I think you have a graphics driver or Qt bug.  I see
an outline.  I also don't see any picture outlines since my latest merge, so
either you have old code, or it is again a graphics driver / qt bug.

I hope to fix the click-labels today, but I haven't traced down the bug yet.
it's a known regression.

On Tuesday 31 January 2006 11:57, Brisset, Nicolas wrote:
> So... Considering that view objects are one of the major new features in
> this release, I think people will want to use them and we should pay
> extra attention to making them work as well as possible. This is why I
> have performed some usability tests and bug hunting, and below are my
> remarks. The list may seem to be long, so I'd first like to say I find
> the view objects *really cool* :-)
> Note that some points might be known already... Just ignore them !
>
> I actually have only 3 MAJOR complaints (the first 3 points), and a lot
> of smaller wishes/usability remarks:
> 1) I find it _really_ cumbersome to have to switch to layout mode
> constantly to move/resize objects. If you look at what other programs
> do, they mostly switch to selection(=layout) mode automatically after
> creating a new object. One nice feature is when a drawing mode is
> double-clicked to become "sticky", but that's going to be hard to do
> with a pull-down menu (maybe add a "stay in selected drawing mode"
> option in the menu somewhere ?)
> 2) When using images, it is impossible to find the correct aspect ratio,
> original aspect ratio, and default to that.
> 3) the double focus indicators are confusing, and it blinks all over the
> place. I'd definitely prefer to have simple focus indicators showing the
> object which will be impacted by the next RMB or move action.
>
> Now for the smaller glitches:
> 4) the layout mode icon is not very standard and users tend to not find
> it spontaneously
> 5) manipulating pictures seems to be slow, and there are drawing
> artefacts
> 6) when moving an ellipse, no outline is shown
> 7) it would be nice to know what subset of Latex commands is supported
> in labels (maybe in a "Help" dialog to be added, called from the label
> configuration dialog)
> 8) when using \sqrt in a label, the upper part of the square root (top
> horizontal line) is not visible
> 9) it would be very nice to be able to double-click an object in zoom
> mode and access its dialog directly
> 10) why have different RMB menus for view objects in zoom mode vs layout
> mode ?
> 11) it seems that labels created by a simple click (as opposite to box
> drag) is not properly parented: it does not resize with the plot
> containing it
> 12) labels with borders don't always have equal borders on all sides
> (seen with border width = 2)
> 13) auto-resize for label boxes should be the default, and when it is
> unchecked the "margin" spinbox should be deactivated (and moved to live
> closer to the "auto-resize" checkbox), otherwise it gets very confusing
> !!
>
> I'm sorry about the long list, but I think it's close to being perfect.
> Hopefully this can all be solved easily before the release...
>
> Nicolas
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