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Re: Confusing tool icons in eeschema


I just started learning a new (mechanical) cad/cam program and was
reminded of how confusing and opaque a user interface is while you are
still learning the terminology and concepts of technology.

I think grouping things as you've proposed is a good idea. Consider also
toolbar dividers to help make the groupings clear.

Also, the Ascend/Decend Hierarchy tool might be better grouped with the
other hierarchial sheet tools.

On 16/01/2012 9:32 a.m., Lorenzo Marcantonio wrote:
> OK, I'm using  eeschema for years yet I *still* pick the wrong tool, so
> there's something wrong from an intuitive point of view :D
> I'm talking about the 'place label' family of tools; what's wrong with
> them? the icon is misleading since it represents *another* kind of
> label.
> >From top to bottom we have:
> - Place local label: OK, text over wire
> - Place global label: WRONG, it looks like a hier label (mostly since
>   text is over port, not beside); a global label has the text *inside*
>   the port (at least in eeschema!)
> - Place junction is somewhat misplaced, it should go near the wire tool
>   or the no connect;
> - Place hier label: WRONG since it look like the place pin in sheet;
>   a more suitable icon would be the current one for global label (or
>   better yet, with the text beside the port)
> - Create sheet: OK, fine
> - Place pin in sheet: it's drawn as a component pin, a better icon would
>   be the current for place hier label