On Fri, 2009-05-15 at 18:06 +0100, Thomas Ibbotson wrote:
> On a later build the problem of the switched mirror buttons was
> -- btw, arrow buttons are better than the old triangles separated by
> dot line. they are intuitive ..by default -> arrows means
I disagree, a double-headed arrow means stretch to me not flip. The
triangles looked like reflections, which was much more intuitive to
Whilst I did get used to the arrows, I think Thomas is right - the
arrows could mean move rather than flip. The reflected triangles was a
> Also rotate with 90 degrees buttons which are arrows too now -
> best options here -> they're so explicit much more than 2 triangles
> with 90 degrees in between.
> Button for creating spirals on toolbar are also a bad choice ( in
> 15 May build ) it's hard to read it's icon and message for a
> to Inkscape.
Yeah it's too faint. The new toolbar are icons are pretty - but I don't
think they add to usability. Possibly the tweak tool is better
represented by the finger than the strange wavey tool - but then, it
doesn't work quite the same as the finger in GIMP... which is what I
would expect - but I guess the functionality is 'similar'. Undecided.
> Buttons for node operations are also very unintuitive - old
> buttons was better from an usability point of view - they had a
This is the worst aspect of the new icons in my view. To my eyes it's
almost impossible to tell the difference between the symmetric and
auto-smooth icons. The visual difference is that the node is round or
diamond, but the handles are identical. The icons are small and not very
crisp. See attached screen grab...
The pre-set zooms of selection, drawing and page are also hard to
distinguish. The identifying icons inside the magnifying glass are so
small I actually need to look twice to make sure I'm choosing the right
Sorry team - I don't think the icon switch is progress for usability and
discoverability. I've filed a bug.
New Icons SUCK!!
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