[PD] new GUI screenshots

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Tue Sep 15 22:40:29 CEST 2009

On Mon, 14 Sep 2009, Jonathan Wilkes wrote:

> One of slightly annoying things about the console is that has a large,
> awkward default size that makes it likely to get covered up when there
> are lots of subpatches open.

You can avoid having lots of subpatches open, by making judicious use of
the GOP.

You can also accept windows covering each other, make them all
full-screen, and use Alt+tab to switch between them.

You can split the screen in your mind such that you don't ever put a
subpatch on the left side of the screen where you put your console. (I
often do that)

> Would it be possible to get the console to pop-up when a message gets
> printed?  By pop-up, I mean brought in front of all the other open
> patches, but behind the patch that has the focus.

Using pop-ups instead of the console means you can't select the text of
the message, you can't keep it for later, and you can't decide how long it 
stays on screen. Well, it doesn't mean that, but if someone replaced the 
console by popups, I'd expect them to make those three mistakes, and deny 
that they are mistakes. But I suppose that there are good possible 
popup-based solutions that could be tried, hybridised in various ways with 
the popups. I had made a first sketch like this:


in which the red phylactere appears when you do "find last error". I had 
other ideas but I didn't implement them. It doesn't replace the console 
and it works only for posts that are errors (thus not for warnings and 
other info).

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