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Re: [lmi] Allow switching skin while lmi is running

From: Murphy, Kimberly
Subject: Re: [lmi] Allow switching skin while lmi is running
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2016 12:28:45 +0000

Greg Chicares wrote:

> On 2016-05-30 14:04, Greg Chicares wrote:
> Dynamic skin selection was the hard part; adding other members of
> class configurable_settings would be easy, and this is probably
> the best time to add any that we want. Here's a list of that
> class's members, 
> That leaves:
>   default_input_filename_
>   print_directory_
>   seconds_to_pause_between_printouts_
>   spreadsheet_file_extension_
> which might be useful. Kim would have a better idea what end users
> might actually want.

Users would absolutely welcome the ability to change the print 
directory, myself included. It saves user's time of moving files 
after the fact. It’s been asked for so how could it not be a win. 

Default files are built to coincide with a skin; only one file is 
distributed. So, if I’m switching skins, the default file should also 
change accordingly. Most users are probably not aware of this, I see 
it more for myself and other experienced users. Users can change their 
defaults, but few do.

That said I imagine the ability to swap default files could be very 
beneficial, especially when going from one product to another. Let's 
say, a user runs illustrations for two products. ‘Product A’ 
necessitates specific parameters with a different set required for 
‘Product B’. It would be sweet to have two default files that the 
user could easily swap out depending on the product they’re running.

As for the last two, IMO they aren't as big hitters as the print 
directory, but are nice to haves. Altering the seconds in the GUI 
is handy, though I don't know of too many users that would 
utilize it. As for the spreadsheet extension, again it would be 
handy, but not utilized by other than a few users.

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