[Qgis-developer] Composer redesign
marco at bernawebdesign.ch
Thu Feb 2 10:34:44 EST 2012
I'll send plenty of angry little green men to anybody consitering
removing a vertical scroll bar :)
On 02/02/2012 04:18 PM, Andreas Neumann wrote:
> Hi Nathan,
> In general I like your redesign.
> Regarding the vertical scrollbars: they aren't removed, are they? When
> redesigning the print composer, please think about small netbook and
> smartphone screens where the vertical scrollbars and tabs are the only
> means of reaching all UI elements. Those are the reasons why they were
> introduced in the first place.
> One thing I don't like currently is the drawing of the basic shapes
> (rects, circles, triangles). In normal drawing applications one selects
> the shape first and then draws it. In Print Composer you always draw a
> circle first (even if you usually want a rect) and later change the
> shape to what you want. This is not very streamlined. I would prefer to
> have a drop-down button that allows to select the shape first (like the
> align and order buttons) and then start drawing.
> I did not test your branch though.
> On Thu, 2 Feb 2012 23:06:21 +1000, Nathan Woodrow wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Tonight I did some tweaking to the composer window. A few things had
>> been bugging me a for a while now and I decided I would have a go at
>> fixing some of them, or at least try to anyway.
>> The general changes are:
>> * Redesign the composition (general) tab to remove the need
>> to vertical scroll, in most cases. (Not a perfect redesign but it
>> works IMO much better then the old layout)
>> * Remove wasted space around paper area and widget (see picture
>> vs your install to see the difference)
>> * Convert the split widget + tab widget to QDockWidgets. 1) The
>> splitter didn't remember its last position or state 2) Could only view
>> one tab at a time 3) The main QGIS window uses dock widgets to allow
>> flexibility in screen layout, composer should too. 4) Can't hide tabs
>> if you don't need to see them all the time e.g. command history .
>> Using dock widgets solves all of these issues.
>> The current working branch can be found
>> at https://github.com/NathanW2/Quantum-GIS/tree/composer-redesign 
>> I have also attached  an annotated screen shot if you don't want
>> to compile the branch.
>> If I could get some general feeback and testing that would be good,
>> keep in mind it's not a final copy and I will tweak things as I go.
>> I'm currently adding it so the dock windows remember the state, just
>> like the main QGIS dock widgets, but that isn't in the branch yet.
>>  http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/525/composer1026.png/ 
>>  https://github.com/NathanW2/Quantum-GIS/tree/composer-redesign
>>  http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/525/composer1026.png/
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