[Goodies-dev] ANN: xfmpc version 0.1.0 released

Fabian Nowak timystery at arcor.de
Sun Mar 29 13:19:01 CEST 2009

Bon jour Mike (enfin pas de pluie chez moi),

Am Sonntag, den 29.03.2009, 12:38 +0200 schrieb Mike Massonnet:
> Le Sat, 28 Mar 2009 23:22:00 +0100,
> Fabian Nowak <timystery at arcor.de> a écrit :

> > I just tried xfmpc from svn and still had lots of trouble finding the
> > settings. Would you mind considering adding a regular settings button
> > beneath the other two buttons and the combo box *and* add the settings
> > to right-click context menus both for the main application and for the
> > song list view?
> That would than be a bare copy of sonata but in C. Starting from the
> first version I was trying to do also a simple interface, but
> different. 

That's a point; accepted.

> The right main context menu may follow, but I kinda like the
> little arrow button that is like never-used, maybe once you run the app
> but not more and then to switch repeat/random.

Though, it really is completely different and one would never expect a
mix of functionality hidden beyond; actually because there already are
two buttons; I think this is what confuses the user. Dunno, but when I
would use the "clear" button (which could use the gtk-clear whatever
symbol instead of the gtk-new-file), how would I actually add new
content? By using "search database"? This one is also in the right-click
menu, and in the beginning I did not understand that "context action" in
the playlist. Back to the buttons, I suggest to only have one a little
more "appealing" button thatn the current three, i.e. merge all of them
and perhaps use a different icon to make the button a litte wider and
more understandable.

Concerning the double functionality of "search database", I  propose to
remove the "search database from the context menus entirely while more
indicating the importance of the combo box; and simply place "Entire
database" there instead of the "Search database", perhaps that would
make things more clear.

> "had lots of trouble finding the settings". Com'on, there are four
> buttons, it doesn't take much time to click on them, and then you
> already used the whole interface. 

Well OK, but I really had closed the applicatio nbefore and decided
lateron to give it a second try.

> Maybe the fact that you searched for
> a right click menu means that you tried a habit that comes from another
> player. Again, the settings button is barely used, so there is no good
> reason to have it on the main interface.

Uh, others might argue and think differently, at least people are very
used to their habits. Anyway, as above, one might clearly separate the
context menu functionality from the button functionality, i.e. no
searching, no information in the right-click menu but only actions
related to the songs.

> > Also, the program crashed on my system when  trying to obtain the
> > information from the context menu when not having a valid connection
> > in the beginning and also at another action, can't remember which one
> > it was, and the program is still loading for next tries...
> I just reproduced, thanks for the catch, it's fixed.

Thanks, but still from the right click menu the information does not pop
up while from the button menu it does.

It is still producing crashes when trying to search the database from
the right-click menu when not connected. I had a look at the code
yesterday but without success until now, the first pointers are valid at
least. Gonna step via gdb  now...

>  [...]

Well, as you see, I do have at least so many files when I'm using the
all_files playlist, and other playlists contain hundreds to thousands of
songs, so I can provide you a little feedback from time to time when you
worked on it or help in tackling the problem  a little.

Best regards


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