[Bf-committers] Proposal to improve the File Selector Box for import/export and open/save

Alexandr Kuznetsov kuzsasha at gmail.com
Sun Dec 4 02:01:29 CET 2011


This sounds very interesting and it is a good idea to me, but I really
dislike the fact of adding another right panel. It seems to be waste of
space, especially on small monitors. Windows has second preview panel in
explorer, but I always close it because takes up a lot space. Maybe later,
when I (hopefully) add more advanced file management functionality, the
second panel might be required. And even then, it should be hidden.

That said, I think Properties Toolbox must be easily accessible when
needed. Therefore, it is probably better to put import/export properties
first in the shelf.

About UI proposals, it is good to talk first with katio, DingTo or elubie
(file manager module owner).

Afaik, there is no well documentation internal gui information.You can look
here http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Dev:Source/Architecture under User
Interface. Also debuger is your friend.
If you need any help, you can talk to me  (alexku) or other developers on
blendercoders  irc. New developers are always welcomed!

Thank you,

On Sat, Dec 3, 2011 at 6:17 PM, Gaia Clary <gaia.clary at machinimatrix.org>wrote:

> Hi.
> I found it is very common to overlook the Properties section during
> export or import
> or even when loading/saving another blend file. The properties settings
> are often burried
> somewhere outside of the screen on the lower left side of the file
> selection window.
> I propose to move the special properties from bottom left to top right
> as shown
> for the Collada export in this fake image:
>     http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=21892
> In detail i propse:
> - add Properties and tool shelf to the export selection menu
> - put the export properties into the properties section
> - put all the rest into the tool shelf
> - display the tool shelf on the left (similar to the 3D View)
> - display the properties on the right (similar to the 3D view)
> Main Reasons for the proposal:
> 1.) The action button and the related properties would be side by side
>       instead of in opposite corners of the screen (as it is now)
> 2.) The screen area would be better utilised (more info on less space)
> 3.) The gui would become more consistent (properties+toolshelf as in 3D
> View)
> Where would i have to start if i wanted to add a patch to my proposal ?
> Is there any "entry point" or documentation hint available for how the Gui
> is programmed ?
> Cheers,
> Gaia
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