[Bf-committers] Patch [#36028] New 4-column layout for the editor-type-selector menu...

Sean Olson seanolson at gmail.com
Sat Jul 6 16:27:12 CEST 2013

I think this has more to do with 'Location' Memory than it does to do with
'Reading' the entries.  So, we'll take the modifier list as an example.
 Being experienced blender users, you probably know right where the mirror
modifier entry is.  You probably open the menu and jump right to it or near
it without reading the entire menu from top left to bottom right.  Your
experience has taught you where it roughly is.

Now the main editors window is different - it's just a big list, you
essentially have to a) read it top to bottom or  b) do a binary search of
the list - Every single time.  It takes forever, even for experienced
artists (forever being 3 seconds instead of 1/4 of a second :-P)

On Categories - I'm not that particular at all - this might be more
important for new users exploring the program - I would like to emphasise
though that *more used* options should probable be closer to the left (and
nearer to the mouse) than less used options.


On Sat, Jul 6, 2013 at 6:47 AM, Michael Fox <mfoxdogg at gmail.com> wrote:

> Personally, and this might get me into trouble again, but I do not believe
> this is an improvement, the current menu is already segregated and grouped,
> and is more natural with the general vertical layout of blender,.
> humans naturally finds vertical menus not box menus easier to read as most
> read from top to bottom, left to right, hence why menus are generally 1
> column layout with simple words, the modifiers list is box because most
> modifiers are similar and names can be confusing.
> Because if this I see this patch as a step backward and would do more
> annoying then actually helping
> On 6 Jul 2013 15:51, "David Jeske" <davidj at gmail.com> wrote:
> > This patch alters the window-editor-type-selection menu to a new 4-column
> > layout, based on the multi-column Modifier selection design.
> >
> > The new design:
> > - keeps the "primary" editors very close to the menu-button in both
> > orientations
> > - makes it SUBSTANTIALLY easier to find and remember the locations of
> other
> > editor types in the menu
> > - provides an ordered grouping of editor-types, with a meaning that can
> > help new users understand the software
> >
> > http://www.pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=54986
> >
> >
> >
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