On 7/10/07, Alexandre Prokoudine <alexandre.prokoudine@...400...> wrote:
What do we actually plan to do with Object Properties palette? It
looks like it wasn't touched for ages.
Nor does it need to, IMHO.
Recently I had a talk with a newbie user and he told me that he
expected seing there more properties, both "global" and "specific".
that particular case he couldn't figure out how to change amount of an
already created polygon's sides and he expected to see that in Object
That's fair. And in response, I think we just need to rename it to
"Object metadata" and leave it at that.
It was named "properties" in Sodipodi times when it indeed tried to
provide access to all, or most, properties of an object. Since then
most of that was moved away to better places and this dialog was left
to access just the object ID and a couple other little-used bits.
Then there was another feature request to make it possible choosing
what properties of selected objects can be changed. E.g. in a
selection of 25 objects you can have 12 objects which should not lose
either fill or stroke or opacity or any specific for this type of
objects property or any combination of the above, when you change it
for the whole group. And as you know ;-) Inkscape, unlike Scribus,
doesn't store changes per object within a session, so you can't aply
changes to a group and then undo it for individual objects.
Just select those objects that need to be changed and leave those that
need not. If and when someone implements "named sets" (discussed here
recently) it will be very easy to reselect that set even if it cannot
be grouped (though in most situations it can). That's the correct way
to address this; any other "magic bits" that "lock" some properties
some objects are a straight way to disaster. People will run into this
"magic" unexpectedly all the time and it will turn their documents
into a mess. You know we already have a constant stream of "I've
locked my object, how do I unlock it?" complaints - that will be 10x
In addition to what there already is in that palette we could add
groups of options:
1. Global options, i.e. Fill, Stroke, Opacity, Filters.
2. Specific options, i.e. the ones from tools options toolbar.
I see absolutely no reason to duplicate all these controls in yet
another place. The less we use dialogs of any kind, the better.
Inkscape. Draw Freely.