0.84: UI: Better menu structure for classifications

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0.84: UI: Better menu structure for classifications

Postby helmut » Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:39 pm

XnView offers two systems for classifying images. Ratings and colour labels.

Below please find some suggestions that might improve the user interface in this area.

Suggestions:

• Currently, there is one big menu for both star ratings and colour labels (View » Rating & Colour label). Instead, there should be two menus: View » Star rating and View » Colour label

• "Rating" could be renamed to "Star rating". This way the user knows without much thinking which of the two classifications he/she uses. Star rating and Colour label.

• The assignment of shortcuts is somewhat odd: Ctrl+5 will assign 5-star rating (best rating) but Ctrl+Shift+1 will assign "Important" (highest priority). Not sure whether there's something like a standard but this seems inconsistent to me. Short cuts for colour labels should be Ctrl+Shift+1 for "Later" and Ctrl+Shift+5 for "Important".
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Re: 0.84: UI: Better menu structure for classifications

Postby m.Th. » Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:44 pm

Currently, there is one big menu for both star ratings and colour labels (View » Rating & Colour label). Instead, there should be two menus: View » Star rating and View » Colour label


Well... yes, ok. It is better, but not too important.

• "Rating" could be renamed to "Star rating". This way the user knows without much thinking which of the two classifications he/she uses. Star rating and Colour label.


Everyone else uses "Rating" for stars.

The assignment of shortcuts is somewhat odd:


I am hesitating to change it because many are accustomed with this one. Personally, I would preffer Lr's / ASP ones (1,2,3,4,5).

"Important" isn't the 1st and not the last one. The color labels doesn't have an order. In other DAMs are simply noted as Red, Blue, Yellow, Purple etc. The default names in XnVIew MP are a plus. Personal preference: Important should be as is (Ctrl+Sh+1) because usually is the most used one.
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Re: 0.84: UI: Better menu structure for classifications

Postby helmut » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:08 pm

Thank you for your reply, m.Th..

I summarize:
- "Rating" and "Colour" labels should become two separate menu items.
- "Rating" is standard and therefore shouldn't be changed. (Already, it will be much clearer when splitting the two classifications menu-wise, already)

With the keyboard shortcuts we have different opinions: I think if things are wrong or not good, they should be corrected or improved. But I think it's not so much the colour assignements but the modifiers: Why not use 1, ..., 5, and 0 for ratings (for example)?
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Re: 0.84: UI: Better menu structure for classifications

Postby m.Th. » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:41 am

Lr:
Ratings (R): 0,1,2,3,4,5
Color label (L): 6,7,8,9 (Purple color - unassigned!)

Corel ASP:
R: 0,1,2,3,4,5
L: unassigned

ACDSee:
R: Ctrl+0,1,2,3,4,5
L: Alt+0,1,2,3,4,5

Zoner:
R: Ctrl+Shift+1,2,3,4,5 (9 for Clear!)
L: 8 colors! - Shift+Alt+0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

By default {combination} and 0 clears the status.

Lr and ASP have a very useful feature: a tri-state Tag: Pick, Reject, Clear.
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