I’ve used Valentina for over a year now, there are a few things that can be added to make the program more user friendly, thereby attracting more users.
Please post your comments and ideas below.
Here we go:
- Info Box/Bar
So right now if you want to check the length or angle of a line or curve, you need to go to the variable table and search for it, very inefficient. The right side bar is too full for more info, so I thought of two other places:
One is beside the mouse, or “Hover to show info”, basically a small box appears when you place your mouse over an object displaying its info, this is my personal preference as it feels like the most direct way.
Two is a dockable bar placed on top or bottom. While this would work, I always find it distracting to move my eyes from the object that I’m pointing at to the status bar, GIMP for instance has coordinate info on the bottom, but I never found them to be helpful.
- Info Box Beside Mouse
- Info Bar Dockable
- Display in Side Bar
- Pet Palette
Now this is something I’m fairly fond of. I had the chance to use ArchiCAD when studying residential construction. From my personal experience, it’s one of the most user friendly programs I ever used. Even though it’s a radically different type of program, there exists many things that can be adapted.
One of its feature I like is the pet palette.
As you can see, it is displayed when you click on an object ( different from hover ). I was thinking maybe we could move some of the tools in the operations to the pet palette, as well as leave a room for new tools.
That’s it for now, will update later !