[GRASS-dev] Making start of GRASS GIS easier for newcomers

Vaclav Petras wenzeslaus at gmail.com
Wed Jan 28 10:59:35 PST 2015

On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 11:29 PM, Vaclav Petras <wenzeslaus at gmail.com>

> On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 5:15 PM, Vaclav Petras <wenzeslaus at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> To satisfy everybody, I suggest to provide a buttons with something like
>> "Take me to LL", "Take me to default location" and "Take me to XY". What do
>> you think about that?
>> But the real improvement should be the messages which would guide you
>> through the process.
> So, here is screenshot and diff for new layout of the window together the
> description what the things are useful for. The descriptions can be easily
> changed, they are wrapped texts, so they will work well with translations.
> So, feel free to suggest different ones. We can also make them "gray" as
> suggested earlier.
> I used GRASS Location and Location. I though that GRASS could help to
> emphasize that it is something GRASS-related and few people were using
> Location and Mapset with capital letter which could say that it is a
> something like files format or spatial database name. I aimed to address
> the things I considered confusing. I'm not sure about the GRASS GIS data
> directory as I mentioned earlier.
> Now it is higher then the old one but with removal of the image it will be
> smaller. If a small-enough image is used, it could be the same. I would
> like to not include the image to have more space for the error messages
> (currently one line between GISDBASE and Location boxes), so messages can
> be longer and perhaps some what to do next tips can be shown as well. The
> position of this text can/should be changed, now middle of the window
> (usually these are at the bottom or at the top). However, without image it
> might be actually a little boring.
> I reorganized the buttons to manage the (list of) Locations and (list of)
> Mapsets, so now it looks like any other lists, e.g. in Simple Layer Manager
> or in Cartographic Composer. In future we can add buttons, for example
> unpack a zipped location or download sample datasets in case of Locations
> and show existing maps button in case of Mapsets.
Done in r64345.

Now the change of minimal height is needed to actually make it work on
small screens.

Please, read the previous message and commit message for a discussion and

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