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Re: [RFC] redesign of Library Table dialog



Another thought I have had which would address some ongoing discussion
regarding default library paths.

I think that the table(s) should show which libraries are located in
'read-only' locations. I am not sure how to determine this in an OS
independent manner, but I think that it would be a really good feature -
currently users get very confused regarding library paths.

Perhaps greyed out text, with a hover tool tip?


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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