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Re: Managing the notebook list


What about having a "first run" routine that scans the user's home directory
for any folders containing Zim notebooks and builds the path, then offers to
let the user add paths directly, or scan another directory for folders to
add to the path.  Once this is done the first time there wouldn't be a need
to scan again, or if the user needs to add additional notebooks, it could be
done through the preferences menu.

This kind of model should be something that users are already familiar with
as it is in line with the way many music players handle building / scanning
the user's library the first time.


On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 1:52 PM, Pedro <pedro100@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> In that case I would recomend this to be implemented with minimal user
> experience modifications as possible. I.e. no default folder. If the goal is
> tome make it possible for a user to import a few notebooks at once, then
> this feature it doesn't need to come active by default.
> A user could simply define lookup directories, but none need to come
> already in the list.
> Keeping it simple is the way to conquer the world... or maybe it isn't :s
> Is there any drawback of not having a directory that automagicaly gets
> scanned?
> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 12:32 PM, Jaap Karssenberg <
> jaap.karssenberg@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Sun, Nov 29, 2009 at 4:39 PM, Pedro <pedro100@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> Hey all, it appears that this is really going forward. Nevertheless, here
>>> goes my point of view, which apparently totally differs from most:
>>> Personally i don't think that much magic is necessary. The current list
>>> is simple and straightforward. Adding those kind of features sure can save
>>> some seconds (though they are meant to be use seldom) but also introduce
>>> some confusion in less experienced users.
>>> Default locations have been confusing people for a very long time. Many
>>> complain that they don't know where their files are and often go rather
>>> funny ways to get to a file that is one or two clicks away.
>>> As it is now, the user knows what's in there because it was he/she that
>>> put it in there. Short cutting complexity often results in a more complex
>>> situation. Just my two cents.
>> This all depends on how you implement it. The possible pitfalls with
>> default locations are part of why I stress that I want a obvious directory
>> like ~/Notes as default and not a hidden directory like ~/.zim . Probably we
>> should take care that the "new notebook" dialog also clearly shows the
>> location where the notebook is being created.
>> Regards,
>> Jaap
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