[Design] [Sum] Preview area
sheila at osafoundation.org
Wed Jun 14 13:38:47 PDT 2006
My apologies that we haven't been able to engage in a more detailed
discussion about this. Our 0.7 release is a really important
milestone for us and we have been fairly heads down trying to execute
on that plan. For this reason, the design list conversations are very
focused around those short-term goals. Basically, we just haven't had
a lot of bandwidth for discussions and explorations that concern
On Jun 14, 2006, at 11:24 AM, Dennis Lynch wrote:
> I never got any feedback about this comment and wondered why.
> I think it creates a UI that has "the best of both worlds"- one screen
> layout that the user can load (as default if he wishes) is exactly the
> same as the current design in Chandler, BUT ALSO, the user has the
> chance to rearrange the screen to suit his/her working style, and to
> see more or less mini-windows based on what works best for him/her.
> I don't doubt that this is too late for 0.7, but isn't it worthy of
> some discussion
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Dennis Lynch <dmlynch1 at gmail.com>
> Date: Apr 19, 2006 11:53 AM
> Subject: [Design] [Sum] Preview area
> To: Chandler Design list <design at osafoundation.org>
> I am wondering whether the current design paradigm is perhaps too
> limiting??!!??!! And that it actually causes some of the confusion
> which Mimi and other's suggestions are trying to9 fix.
> Mimi Yin wrote:
>> * Current design: In the Calendar app, the preview pane is stuck
>> showing Today's
>> events. In the other App areas, it shows events for whatever day
>> is selected in the
>> * Alternate design 1: Make the Calendar app consistent with the
>> other App areas.
>> Add extra visual feedback in the mini-cal so the user can select a
> day within a
>> week...when they're in the week view, so the user can control which
> day of the week
>> they want to see in the Preview pane.
>> * Alternate design 2: In the Calendar app, we add a label:
>> Today's events at the top
>> of the Preview pane.
>> * Alternate design 3: In all Apps areas, the Preview pane is
>> stuck on Today's events.
>> However, the user can mouseover different days to preview events for
> those days.
>> (Might be too much interaction feedback. More disorienting than
> It seems to me that the rigid layout of Chandler causes these
> confusions. A more flexible handling of these panes could solve the
> Chandler (just like many other apps) has a main working area, and
> numerous other working/reference/tool areas- sidebar, mini-cal,
> preview, "Selected day's Events", and Today's Events, to-dos, etc.
> Each one of these areas should be a separate "pane", which could
> either be floating or docked, rolled-up, expanded, resized, or closed.
> See Corel PaintShopPro 9 as an example (I'm not familiar with the
> newer version X).
> Chandler could/should have a few "standard workspace layouts" based on
> the current function being performed, but should also allow the user
> to create and save their own workspace layouts. See PSP-9
> I think this type of application workspace would totally eliminate the
> confusion/concern about what info the preview window should show.
> Just my 2 cents.
> Dennis Lynch
> Dennis Lynch
> dmlynch [at] alum.mit [dot] edu
> dmlynch1 [at] gmail [dot] com
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