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Re: [RFC] redesign of Library Table dialog


Hi Tom,

This is a fantastic idea, I think that your mock up has a lot of good UX

In particular I like the idea of "active" for each library. You then do not
have to find a library once you have removed it from the table, only tick
"active". Brilliant.

Regarding the "advanced options" button, why not have an extra button (next
to Add / Remove / etc) which says "Edit". Clicking on this brings up a
dialog for the selected library with all extra options...

Should the footprints / symbols / etc / all appear in the same list? I like
the idea of a single library preferences dialog, but what if the various
library types were separated by a panel on the left hand side, as is common
in many preferences windows?  I'm thinking of Eclipse as an example.

Here is an example of something I have in a development branch (that has
been wanting my attention for some time). The core code to make this dialog
style is pretty solid, so I could share that part with you if you think
this is a good idea.

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I'm thinking that the window above would be adapted to have in the left

"Library Options"
"Symbol Libraries"
"Footprint Libraries"

Overall I am really behind your idea :)

On Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 11:01 AM, Tomasz Wlostowski <
tomasz.wlostowski@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> Now that we have the new library table system in the schematic editor
> (may thanks Wayne!), we also have the library table dialog to configure
> the tables.
> For many users - including myself - these dialogs are a bit too complex.
>  A few days ago I asked the Polish Kicad community of what users find
> annoying and the complexity of the library manager window was heavily
> criticized. The main points were exposing too many advanced functions
> straight away (such as special configuration options for each plugin)
> and requiring the user to type in the library paths by hand or paste
> them instead of selecting the files with a browser. Currently I prefer
> editing the lib-table files by hand instead of using the GUI.
> I believe that the introduction of the new library system into eeschema
> is a good chance to consolidate the library management UI and improve
> Kicad's User Experience. In the attachment, you'll find the example
> design of simplified library setup dialog, with some remarks and
> comments. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated!
> Tom
> PS1. I haven't started coding yet - this is just a mockup.
> PS2. The current library table dialog will remain accessible if the user
> selects the 'show advanced options' checkbox - so if some of you prefer
> the current UI, it's not going to disappear :)
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