Ristretto 1.0 - Functional Requirements (1/3)

Stephan Arts stephan at xfce.org
Thu Jul 9 12:13:10 CEST 2009

On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 11:50 AM, Vincent<mailinglists at vinnl.nl> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 11:40 PM, Stephan Arts <stephan at xfce.org> wrote:
>> On Sat, Jul 4, 2009 at 12:51 PM, Stephan Arts<stephan at xfce.org> 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
>> >
>> I have modified the wiki-page based on your feedback.
>> It's now ready for round 2, if anything is not (clearly) described,
>> does not resemble the english language or you think it is wrong or
>> missing, please proposed fix.
>> So far, I think we have done a good job getting the functional
>> specifications straight and the page is more complete as it was
>> before.
> Ah, here's one little annoyance I have with the current Ristretto: that
> scrolling zooms in/out instead of, well, scrolling. When I've zoomed in on
> an image (especially with portrait-oriented images) I want to scroll to be
> able to see different parts of the image, but then it currently zooms in. I
> mostly expect zooming in to happen when I Ctrl+Scroll or Ctrl and the +/-
> keys, like in most other applications (like Thunar).
> I also think that would be a good default - if the user really expects the
> image to zoom when he scrolls and instead it just moves the image up and
> down, it's far less annoying than when it would be the other way around,
> because panning the image takes far less time than zooming in or out.
> Then a thing about keyboard navigation: how can you navigate through images
> using the keyboard? Can you just use the arrow keys, do you need to use them
> in combination with another key, and if so, can you use the arrow keys when
> the thumbnail bar is focused? Also, can there be a scrollbar on the
> thumbnail bar this time, so you can see thumbnails of images further away
> without needing to click and drag, which is a bit undiscoverable?
> Oh, and will Tumbler be used for the thumbnails? ;-)
> Anyway, looking good, this is the first time I'm actually looking forward to
> an image viewer :)

Marking this comment as +1 useful :-)

I'll try to incorporate your comments in the fsd.


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