[Bf-funboard] clarifying view-split-resize vs view-header-collapse...

Alberto Torres kungfoobar at gmail.com
Thu Jul 4 09:22:52 CEST 2013

The visual separation between areas should be several px wide. Not only it
is confusing with headers, it's even more confusing with a mix of panels to
the point is not easy to see where it belongs (at least with a recently
opened .blend where you don't know/remember how it was setup). Also, in a
HD screen is difficult to aim.


2013/7/3 David Jeske <davidj at gmail.com>

> One thing that is a semi-constant confusion for me as a casual blender user
> is the ambiguity between grabbing the view-split-resize edge, and the
> view-header-collapse edge.
> I think this happens because...
> - They both have the same divider-axis-drag mouse-cursor.
> - They are both on the edge of the same split
> - The header can be at the top or the bottom of the panel
> - The view-header-collapse drag doesn't "do anything" until I drag far
> enough to collapse the header, so it takes several seconds until I see
> feedback that it's the wrong handle
> Here are some ideas I've been considering to clarify and/or improve this
> behavior:
> - Use a different mouse-cursor for the view-header-collapse-edge .. It can
> only be collapsed one way, so it really doesn't need the "double direction"
> divider drag. Simply showing the single-direction divider drag cursor would
> be a big and easy improvement.
> - allow middle-button drag on the header to move the view-split... the
> whole header is a much bigger hit-target than the bottom edge, and
> middle-drag already scrolls panels and headers. One downside is that you
> might drift the split while trying to scroll a header to reach hidden
> items. I don't think this would be a big issue but we'd have to "experience
> it" to see.
> - remove the header-drag-to-collapse, and instead put that functionality in
> the right-click menu. In this case, dragging either edge of the header
> would move the view split...
> Thoughts?
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