A good tool could be made legendary!
Hence, much more work on the MP infra-structure needs to done. The core integration of MP tools that are already implemented "piece-meal" but which are common to multiple tasks throughout MP is still sorely incomplete:
For instance (no particular order):
- 1. Unified label UI: all labels should be edited from a dedicated "Label design" dialog. Standardize the "select label" UI control clusters at all points in MP where labels are possible. Allow user to save any number of labels and use them anywhere without having to redefine them.
2. Rationalization of the control UI/data structure for layouts, thumb styles, themes, etc. etc. as I have suggested many times in the past. IMO it is crazy to have such control over thumbs appearance/size/labels, etc, but not to be able to save/restore/switch between individual thumb styles or connect them to layouts/folders, etc. Esp. irritating (and non-productive) is how resizing the thumbs initiates re-caching of thumb images!!!
MP already has the customization options to be a chameleon software for many different purposes, from kiosks, to newbie tool, to advanced media management, but the means to switch easily between these different rolls is essentially lacking.
An effort to unify all the layout-related customization into one UI would not add complexity to MP, it would reduce complexity!
3. Re-examine modal vs. non-modal UIs for every relevant feature and implement to non-modal (either floating non-modal dialog or tab) where warranted. The current experimental "Batch Convert Tab" is a good start, but slide show, "strip of images", many features not yet implemented would also benefit from a tab-based UI.
4. Implement some sort of "project" UI metaphor and data structure, where MP reopens previously open groups of tabs, etc. ("Save/restore MP project", for instance). The new load "List of images" is a big step toward such an approach, though the list only populates the browser.
Sorry to word things so strongly, but once there are many different tool/features, revisiting these issues becomes nearly impossible.
As always, thanks for listening (er, reading)!