[GRASS-user] Some thoughts on wxGUI (GRASS Community Sprint)

stephen sefick sas0025 at auburn.edu
Tue Mar 8 12:20:02 EST 2011

On Mar 8, 2011, at 8:46 AM, Martin Landa wrote:

> Hi,
> 2011/3/7 Carlos Grohmann <carlos.grohmann at gmail.com>:
>> Also, when it comes to output of modules, we should have only one way
>> of doing it. Now some modules provide output in the gis manager  
>> window
>> (using on of the botom tabs), while others give output in the dialog
>> window. I think there should be only one kind of output.In my view, a
>> separated output window (like the tk gism) where _all_ output  
>> messages
>> would go, and one should be able to close without loosing info
>> (keeping a 'memory' of the session) or leave it open. I found myself
>> frequently trying to close the gism after inspecting some output  
>> info,
>> just to be reminded of what I was about to do when asked if I want to
>> save a workspace file.
> commands launched from Layer Manager command line prints their output
> to the 'command output' tab. Separately launched modules print their
> output to 'command output' tab in the module's GUI dialog. Redirecting
> this messages to 'command output' tab in Layer Manager would avoid
> running more commands at the same time. One solution would be to add
> for every launched command separate tab in Layer Manager's 'command
> output' . I am not sure what is better. Anyway creating separate
> window is not good solution, the more windows the worse for the user.

Less Windows.  I suggest at most three and preferably two- The layer  
manager, Map Window, and "if you have to" a command window.  I  
normally have a text editor to script in open at the same time, and  
even with a second monitor this arrangment gets cluttered.

>> One of the things that annoy me is the 'close dialog on finish'
>> option. I guess this was introduced to make GRASS look more like  
>> other
>> GIS packages, but honestly, it sucks. At leas for me, it is very
>> common to repeat the command with different settings, and I usually
>> forget to unset that option, being used to old-style GRASS GUI, so I
>> kind hate it. We could have a global preferences setting where we
>> could choose to 'close dialogs on finish' as default action or not.
>> But this would have to work for _all_ modules.
>> You can imagine how disappointing it is to run r.stats just to see  
>> the
>> dialog closing after calculations...
> in r45601 I changed default settings to 'unchecked'. Anyway you are
> always free to change this settings in Preferences dialog (command
> tab).
> Martin
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