Proposal for changing a bit the Inspector

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Proposal for changing a bit the Inspector

Postby Mag » Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:55 pm

After the Toolbar viewtopic.php?f=67&t=28147 and the Tools Palette viewtopic.php?f=66&t=28162 I tried to imagine how could be a redesigned Inspector window. Also this, like the previous ones, it's just a try. Please let me know what do you think...

This is the current inspector window (I post it here, so is easily to see the possible changes I propose):

LiveCodeInspector-Current.jpg



Here is my proposal:

LiveCodeInspector4.jpg
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Re: Proposal for changing a bit the Inspector

Postby [-hh] » Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:43 pm

Hi Mag.
You have very neat ideas with all three of your proposals.
Here you forgot the "Contents" section (what makes the text part possibly wider and longer).
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Re: Proposal for changing a bit the Inspector

Postby jacque » Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:17 pm

It will be much harder to change the inspector because each pane is built dynamically from scripts. That is because widgets have the ability to specify their own inspector panes, and every widget pane will be unique.

I miss the old inspector and your rewrite is lovely, but I'm not sure how easily it could be implemented.
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Re: Proposal for changing a bit the Inspector

Postby livecodeali » Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:41 pm

An earlier iteration of the new property inspector had a 'subsection' concept, I think it would be possible to do it. Essentially it would just have to create a separate container group for each of the sections. The code is quite fiddly though (especially wrt resizing).
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Re: Proposal for changing a bit the Inspector

Postby Mag » Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:41 pm

Hi [-hh], thank you so much for the comment. You are right, I have just included the options for a standard button as an example. :oops:
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Re: Proposal for changing a bit the Inspector

Postby bn » Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:51 pm

actullaly I like the current poroperties inspector very much.

I would not like to go back.

Maybe it is just a matter of getting used to. The current Properties Inspector does what I want, faster (less clicks) then the previous one.
I like your other proposals very much.

Thank you

Kind regards

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Re: Proposal for changing a bit the Inspector

Postby jacque » Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:07 pm

The current Properties Inspector does what I want, faster (less clicks) then the previous one.


That's true for some things (I don't miss the popdown menu at all) but it's missing some features the old one had that I use a lot. One is the ability to resize an object by changing only one edge. Another is how it automatically switched to the alignment pane when multiple objects were selected. Also, the reordering of the icons at the top can be disorienting.

Having just finished two days of layout work, I doubled the number of clicks just getting back to the alignment pane after every object selection.
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