[Qgis-developer] Getting some newbie views

Barry Rowlingson b.rowlingson at lancaster.ac.uk
Fri Nov 21 03:11:44 EST 2008

2008/11/21 Tim Sutton <tim at linfiniti.com>:
> Hi Barry & Crew
> Well done on your workshop!
> On Thu, 2008-11-20 at 11:04 +0000, Barry Rowlingson wrote:

> 2) The icons: Robert Szczepanek is busy making a new great looking
> cohesive set of icons that will hopefully give QGIS a more consistent
> look and feel. That can only happen post 1.0 though since we are gui
> frozen. However even the nicest set of icons in the world wont remove
> the need for people to get familiar with them

 All true, of course. But for a first-time user you don't want them to
have to get familiar with them. It was getting to the point where our
users were being told to hover over the icon to get the tooltip to see
what it did before clicking. I think it would be much quicker for them
to just find 'New Vector Layer' on the menu. Toolbars and buttons are
great for advanced users, but I think if I run a new user workshop
again I'll set them up initially with no toolbars and introduce them
to them later.

> All useful comments and things we can address post 1.0. File groups let
> group a bunch of e.g. raster layers into a 'folder' in the legend so
> they can be treated as one legend item - e.g. to switch many layers
> visibility on/off in one click.

 I think I wasn't quite clear. The creation of groups of layers is
fine. But when you right-click on a layer in the legend there's a
'show file groups' option, which adds a 'Files' entry to each layer
that expands to show the path to the data file (shapefile, geotiff).
Under what conditions would more than one file appear here?

And if the layer is a PostGIS layer - you see the PostGIS password. I
really don't like that!

> Hopefully that will see Gary's work shoot up the best seller list next
> to Dan Brown & co....



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