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Re: KiCad new look - new icons and new buttons


>>> 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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> Dick,
> 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.

Alright, I understand now.

Not enough coffee yet.

I won't miss the menu based bitmaps, since I have never seen them.  Running
Linux only.