[Qgis-developer] 'File' versus 'Project'

Nathan Woodrow madmanwoo at gmail.com
Wed Apr 24 04:07:58 PDT 2013


I would agree with those points. In fact I think the menu structure as is
doesn't make much sense and the Edit menu should be renamed to Feature/s.

What does Edit mean:

 - Edit Layer
 - Edit Feature
 - Edit Project

If you look at all the tools in the Edit menu they are all related to the
current feature or features.  The undo and redo actions should be moved to
the layer menu.

Here are my thoughts on the Layer menu:


Moving the Add xxx Layer to the project menu would mean you follow these
actions when creating a new project:

Project -> New
Project -> Add xxx Layer

Change the style

Layer -> Properties

That is a more logical flow IMO then currently what is there.


- Nathan

On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 8:21 PM, Ramon Andiñach <custard at westnet.com.au>wrote:

> On 24/04/2013, at 05:55 , Ramon Andiñach wrote:
> >
> > On 24/04/2013, at 04:28 , John C. Tull wrote:
> >
> >> Hi all,
> >>
> >> I was having some discussion on IRC today with Tim and Larry about the
> recent change to the menu in trunk. Before, the menu used "File" and that
> was changed to "Project". My position is that it does not seem Mac-like,
> whether or not a QGIS document resides in the filesystem as a .qgs file or
> if your "Project" is fed from a database, something apparently planned for
> the future of QGIS.
> >>
> >> I'd be interested in feedback from other Mac users on this. I'm
> flexible to the change, but wanted to vet this and see if anyone else had a
> strong opinion one way or the other. Please make it clear if you are a Mac
> OS X user or not.
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> John
> >
> > Interesting. I'd say this is going to look as odd at home on my mac as
> at work on their windows box. No file menu - that's going to look very
> unfamiliar.
> >
> > That said, it's a good name. It does describe what's in there - those
> commands work on the project-file not a layer-file.
> >
> > -ramon.
> Ok. I've been standing at the bottom of a large-ish hole today, so if this
> sounds like a dumb idea that's my excuse.
> Could we move Layer across next to Project?
> Some reasoning.
> 1. If we're abandoning File in favour of Project, then there's possibly no
> reason to retain Edit next to it either. Other than historical ones.
> 2. Project and Layer are largely about opening, closing, saving (and other
> similar things) files. Project files in one menu and Layers (vectors,
> rasters, DB, etc) in the other.
> 3. Then you have a more logical progression from left to right about how
> to use QGIS. (Open stuff, change stuff)
> -ramon.
> (OK, 1. is not so good, but it does open the door to ask questions!)
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