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Re: KiCad new look - new icons and new buttons


On 8/24/2011 3:41 PM, Dick Hollenbeck wrote:
> On 08/24/2011 02:07 PM, Wayne Stambaugh wrote:
>> On 8/24/2011 2:12 PM, fabrizio wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> thanks, I am glad you like them.
>>> may I ask why you want the buttons size to stay at 16pt? is it only a
>>> matter of space? if so, how?
>> For toolbar images, 26 or 24 pixels is fine for all platforms.  On some
>> platforms (read Windows) the larger icons will make the menu spacing much wider
>> than the menu text (assuming your not using a 26 pixel font).  Menu images are
>> disabled by default on Linux with the latest Gnome 2 (not sure about Gnome 3)
>> so it wont effect Linux users.  If the user enables the Gnome menu images, the
>> same problem will exist on Linux.  I'm not an OSX user so I cannot comment on
>> how the larger menu images will look.  I could personally live without images
>> in the menu bar.  I would prefer to use the space taken by the image for more
>> descriptive menu text but I'm sure there are plenty of folks who would disagree
>> with me on that one.
>> Wayne
> Guys,
> I committed to write an automation script which generates all the bitmaps from
> *.svg to *.cpp.  I believe it will be possible to parameterize the target image
> size(s).
> I am now only waiting for the *.svg s.
> This *.svg -> *.cpp automation is to live outside the normal Kicad build process.
> However, it can be done twice, or three times, resulting in multiply sized PNG
> containing *.cpp directories.
> Each of these directories can be checked into the source tree.
> Then, the master CMakeList.txt file for the Kicad project can dynamically pick
> which one gets chosen, based on a parameterized *.cpp containing directory name.
> I won't take it that far, only to the point of having parameterized build
> automation, with a specific view to reward Fabrizio for his efforts, meaning I
> intend to honor whatever bitmap size he wants, as payment for his efforts.
> Others can cater to the hobbyist computers, later.  This infra-structure will at
> that point be easy to extend, but I personally will not have time for that 2nd
> stage effort.
> Dick
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I appreciate your and Fabrizio's efforts on this and think the new images will
give the Kicad user interface a much needed face lift.  I was merely pointing
out the potential pitfalls of using the larger images in the menu bar.  I was
hoping someone would take my hint and suggest removing the images from the menu
bar altogether.  I would be willing to do this if we can get a consensus among
the Kicad users and developers.  As it currently stands, they are only
displayed on Windows by default.


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