[Ardour-Users] Ardour 3 - export bugs

Tweed tweed at lollipopfactory.com
Thu Jul 3 03:15:15 PDT 2014

On 07/03/2014 04:42 AM, Thorsten Wilms wrote:
> On 03.07.2014 00:02, Kim Cascone wrote:
>> - when I clicked on export I fumbled through a hella-confusing export
>> panel which kept duplicating tabs as I tried to create a new one
>> - the expected behavior was that I could simply add a new tab then edit
>> it so I could modify that tab to export a file to a format and
>> resolution I typically work in -- but this seems to be an inaccurate
>> assumption on my part...?
> I'm the designer of the original export dialog concept and I worked 
> with the developer during implementation. See 
> http://thorwil.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/export_design_2007-08-11.pdf
> Grown in experience since then, I both see why it is that way and 
> several potential stumbling blocks for first-time users. How to reduce 
> them is not clear, though.
> Each tab represents one format to be exported on execution. It's a 
> somewhat unusual use of a notebook and thus an obvious source for 
> confusion; however, it is consistent with all sane tab implementations 
> in that tab selection is only about visibility, _not_ switching one 
> thing on and all others off.
> Everything on a tab's page remains editable, there's no need to add a 
> tab to have something you can change. I guess the misconception you 
> might have to is linked to having the (start of the) format label as 
> name of the tab. Change the format and the tab's name changes with it. 
> This is unexpected, but most practical in continued use. For now, I 
> can think of only one way to keep the feature while avoiding this 
> confusion: Put the Format combobox right into the tab ... which would 
> lead to a number of layout issues.
maybe i'm mistaken but:
"add another format" copies the current tab which you can then edit into 
a unique format.
for me it kinda feels like playlist >> new copy - which you can then 
edit into a different thing.


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