Ristretto 1.0 - Functional Requirements (1/3)

Jelle de Jong jelledejong at powercraft.nl
Sat Jul 4 16:48:16 CEST 2009

Stephan Arts wrote:
> Hi guys,
> After a couple of years of development, I am getting tired of the
> ad-hoc hacker style development model I have been using for ristretto.
> This development model was the cause of several issues which were not
> easy to solve.
>  - Returning bugs (memory usage, thumbnails, slow UI)
>  - Constant rewrites whenever a new feature was being worked on
>  - and a few other things...
> When this keeps happening, the fun of coding tends to go away...
> To prevent that stuff from happening again, I have decided to first
> put up a decent specification of what Ristretto should do and how it
> should look like(1/3), then actually make a proper design based on
> those specifications(2/3) and finally start coding (3/3).
> You can find a mockup of the functional specification document for
> Ristretto 1.0 on the wiki[0].
> I would like you all to look at the specification, and if you have any
> suggestions on features and functionality, please post them on this
> list. Then we can discuss the direction that the development of
> Ristretto is going to take.
> Kind regards,
> Stephan Arts
> [0] http://wiki.xfce.org/releng/fsd/ristretto/1.0

Thanks for taking the initiative to ask for user input.

So I have had some thoughts on this in the past. What makes gqview good.
It has very vast rendering in a way it show partial image as soon as
possible and increases the quality later this is great.

It also has to remember the mode the image is shown, fit, full, zoomed,

What I would like from ristretto is very basis controls and some smart
exif rotations. Toolbar on the top and no thumbnail previews.

I want to be possible to browse 4MB pictures as fast as possible with
usability for myself as expert user but also for people with very very
limited computer experience.

Beside this it needs a good simple printing feature users want there
picture to be able to print as simple as possible, maybe the mac or
windows default wizards can show some reference models.

I also use the app to give picture presentations, so preloading in
memory options, and back and forward with up down keys and full screen

Hope this give you some pointers,

Best regards,

Jelle de Jong

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