yet another new backdrop settings dialog idea
antitux at antitux.net
Thu May 13 23:05:51 CEST 2004
I know this sounds weird and all, but that might be a bit complicated
for someone not new to xfce, don't you think?
I use xfce because it's simple. I don't want to click open the
background settings,then click another tab just to click the images one.
One dialog should be enough for everything, should it not?
Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
> hi all-
> francois and i were talking about another revision of the backdrop
> settings dialog today, and he came up with a cool idea:
> we talked about the limitations of that design, and came up with some
> improvements. unfortunately, there were a few annoyances that we didn't
> work out.
> so i was just looking at the images, and letting my mind wander, and
> inspiration struct. i think this idea is pretty cool, but i want to run
> it by everyone else for an intuitive-ness check before i actually code
> it. i'm not as cool as francois, so no mockup screenshots.
> first of all, collapse the color and image tabs back into one. put the
> bulk of the controls on the left of the dialog (roughly top to bottom)
> - color style
> - color1
> - color2
> - image file add/browse button (with label/entry)
> - image style (tile, scale, stretch, etc.)
> - global options
> - - show (option menu):
> - - - same image on each screen (multiscreen only)
> - - - static image (selected from the list?)
> - - - random image (aka, image list)
> - - don't set backdrop (really have to do something with this option)
> and then on the right side we have a list box, with the following
> - screen number (hidden if no multiscreen or if in same img or random
> img mode)
> - image filename (not full path, just filename)
> - small pixmap showing color and style (solid color, mini-gradient)
> - an icon describing the image style (tile, stretch, etc.)
> when you click on an image in the listbox, the full path is displayed in
> the label/entry on the left, and the color settings and image style
> settings are set to whatever they should be for that image. you can
> edit the settings, and they'll both be reflected in the listbox and
> applied immediately.
> i haven't totally worked out how to store the data. MCS for everything
> seems a bit overkill, so for simple changes MCS might just serve to
> provide a notification toggle so xfdesktop can reload stuff (hacky?).
> the actually information would be stored in files (xml? key=val?). the
> cool thing about this is that you could have multiple lists (i could add
> a control to open a different list file. by default, xfdesktop could
> keep two list files: one for a random image list, and one for an ordered
> set of images to use on different screens since it's conceivable that
> you might want different lists for the two purposes. then again, it's
> somewhat unlikely that you'd jump between the two - either you want a
> random list or an ordered list - so one list should be fine.
> i was thinking that, if you select "same image on all screens" or
> "static image", a bit of screen space is wasted having a listbox to hold
> a single image. then it occurred to me that you could keep several
> images in the listbox, and statically set the backdrop to the list item
> that's selected. if you're the kind of person that likes to switch
> images every now and then, you might like having a list of "favorites"
> to choose from.
> so what do people think? i know this seems like the new-feature kind of
> thing that olivier wants to avoid for now (to focus on bugfixing), but i
> personally consider the lack of a good backdrop settings dialog to be a
> large bug. if it seems like a good idea, i'll start working on it this
> weekend after i finish up with the icon theming stuff.
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