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[Bug-gnubg] I can't see

From: Albert Silver
Subject: [Bug-gnubg] I can't see
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2002 12:09:02 -0300

I am in the process of trying to make significant improvements in my game, and apart from reading theoretical material, the single best way is to review one’s moves with the help of a top bot such as GNU. Therefore, I import all my matches to GNU and review my mistakes AND correct moves. The reason for the second choice is that I completely agree with Heuler, who wrote an article on studying with Snowie that applies very much to GNU as well. He noted that seeing where we went wrong is of course important, but that seeing where we went right when choosing between tough moves is also important, reinforcing our future choices. My point is this:


It is VERY tiresome to do this with GNU. The single biggest reason isn’t the floating windows, it is the cube decision information in particular. I realize that a significant change in the GUI’s construction is not an easy task, nor quick, so I am going to suggest something I hope will be possible in the not too far future and will make using GNU much much easier. My biggest problem is that to see the analysis I must *always* have the cube decision information covering the board. There is simply no possible way to see the analysis (even one line) and the board at the same time. I must see the analysis, then drag the window down all the way, then see the board, then drag the window back up all the way. If however, the cube decision information were not visible, I could do this, and reviewing my moves would not involve dragging the Annotation window up and down for EVERY SINGLE MOVE. If you don’t believe this, just try reviewing the analysis for every move and seeing the result on the board. If you do this experiment only once, I am sure you will be convinced.


How about adding a button that either hides or displays the Cube analysis? Of course, a small logic to determine cases where the program is showing a cube error, or when the hint requested is a cube decision would be necessary, but this would go miles….sorry, I mean this would go…. kilometers towards making GNU a more user-friendly tool.



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