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Re: [Synaptic-devel] New release 0.51

From: Richard Bos
Subject: Re: [Synaptic-devel] New release 0.51
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 20:49:06 +0200
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Op donderdag 24 juni 2004 13:47, schreef Sebastian Heinlein:
> > What do you mean 'package properties window is not modal'?  I expected
> > that I did not need to select 'properties' button to obtain information
> > like dependencies, etc.
> > However, I still need to select the properties button to obtain extensive
> > information. Is this as designed?

>For now yes. I don't have time for big changes right now, so I want to
>improve the situation step by step. The properties window does now
>display the information of the last selected package. So you have to
>open the dialog only once and it will always be updated. 

This works as expected, very good improvement indeed!

> Yes. The idea is to remove seldom used functions or "extensive
> information" from the main window to allow the user a fast recognition
> of the basic functions and principles of the app. Putting a lot of
> technical stuff into the main window results in a lot of confused users.
> This was my experience.

If you look at the properties window, you see that it is not a busy window.  
There are 3 buttons and a text below them.  Now put this window in main 
window and shot the description field by default.  You have now almost a 
similar setup compared to the current situtation (there are 3 additional 
buttons).  Are you saying that those 3 extra buttons result on confused 
users??  I hardly hear such feedback about yast, where this is the case!  
Perhaps add a help button on each tab, explaining that the information is for 
experienced linux users... blah blah....

> Could you please describe the situations in which you miss the tabs. It
> would help a lot in optimising the tasks. How often do you need
> information provided in the properties dialog only?

I use when resolving dependencies.  I can't say how often, but the current 
situation (0.51) although very much improved does not feel good/intuitive!

Richard Bos
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