[Qgis-developer] Re: Working on Symbology Improvement for the GSOC

Nathan Woodrow madmanwoo at gmail.com
Sat Mar 31 21:36:36 EDT 2012

On Sun, Apr 1, 2012 at 6:08 AM, aruntheguy at gmail.com
<aruntheguy at gmail.com>wrote:

> So the idea is to create such a decoupled designer, which is something
> like a "Style Manager ++ (decoupled)". I am writing the possible solution
> and a couple of ideas as a proposal which might contain some over sighted
> goals. Kindly go through, evaluate and comment.
> Proposal:
> + Remove Symbol Creating/Editing capabilities from the "Style" tab of
> Layer Properties and retain only application(renderer) customizations like,
> size, color, angle etc., This will remove the iterative dialog popup
> situation and also keep the clutter in the UI to minimum.

I'm going to be a -1 one on this proposal.  I, like Antia, do a lot of
experimenting in the style dialog and I don't like the idea of having to go
somewhere else to define my custom symbols/or use them.

> + Create a new symbol designer, that can be summoned up from Menu rather
> than from the properties

-1. If we have to go down the route of have a split designer it must be
easily accessible from the same place that you would pick the symbols.
 Making the user exit out of the properties dialog to define a new symbol
would be bad.

> + The designer to perform following functions
>     - Create new symbols/styles
>     - Grouping and management of styles through a tree structure
>     - Create and manage virtual groups (or themes) that would pull symbols
> from various groups and a combination of renders to create a overall
> cartographic stylesheet (almost same as present save/load style).
>     - Ability to save a retrieve such stylesheets (duplicates the present
> save/load style)
> Apart from the above solution, the GSOC proposal to include,
> - Creating tree structure for managing the SVG symbols
> - Creating a non-modal widget type editor to change symbols on the fly or
> adding that capability to the Layers legend.

 +1 Something like this

- Nathan
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