[ardour-users] GUI pet peeves

Dan Tepper dan at wintaper.com
Sat Feb 3 13:52:16 PST 2007

Thanks for the fast reply - totally missed the lower-left buttons. Keep
up the great work.

Paul Davis wrote:
> On Sat, 2007-02-03 at 16:23 -0500, Dan Tepper wrote:
>> I've been playing with Ardour 2.0 beta 11.1 and it is really looking
>> good these days. However, I have some pet peeves with the interface
>> behavior.
>> 1. Buttons (Solo, Mute, etc) highlight as if the were pressed when I
>> mouse over them - 
> its a very basic piece of GTK functionality. we've disabled it for some
> buttons, it needs to be extended to the rest. its not trivial to
> disable. the GTK crew think its a very important component of GUI
> design.
>> 2. Fader DB settings. It is nice to be able to directly enter a db
>> setting in the edit window rather than having to slide the fader. This
>> is a feature I have really wanted to see. The problem is, the edit
>> interface is erratic. If i enter "2" and press return, the window will
>> display "1.9". 
> this is mostly because of some imprecise math. you set the gain to 2dB,
> ardour computes a gain coefficient that corresponds to 2dB, then the GUI
> recomputes what dB value to show. sometimes, it comes out as a little
> different than the number you entered (even though the actual gain is
> precisely what you asked for). please file a mantis report on this so it
> is not forgotten.
>> If i enter "2.0" it usually works. Also, the way selected
>> text is highlighted rather than changing the background around selected
>> text is not particularly intuitive. 
> will fix.
>> I always have to look twice to make
>> sure I've selected all the text. Finally, sometimes when I hit enter,
>> the cursor remains in the edit window, leaving me to wonder if the
>> change was noticed by ardour.
> will fix.
>> 3. Zoom-In, Zoom-Out and Zoom-To-Session buttons are gone.
> they're not gone. they've migrated along with the zoom focus selector
> down the lower left.
>> 4. Faders. I liked the old style faders. The new design is not as easy
>> to see quickly. Maybe I'll get used to it, but the older fader heads
>> were easier to read.
> sorry, but a lot of people were enthusiastic about the new design. we
> can't do both - the drawing techiques are totally different.
>> Functionally Ardour2 is working well for me, runs quite stable and fast.
>> I use it several hours a day in my home recording studio. I've run Sonar
>> and Cubase, but frankly I think Ardour is better than both of those.
> thanks for the compliments and the feedback.
> --p

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