On advanced setting and progress update

July 16, 2007

A number of people have commented on the report saying they would like to keep the advanced settings available in the current KDE dialog. Let me start by saying I have no intention to reduce the number of settings just to make the dialog simpler. My goal is to give access to all settings in a way that will make the dialog simpler.

That being said, I’ll write some more about my progress. I’m currently trying to design a prototype of the dialog in KDevelop. Coming from a Java background, Qt is pretty straightforward. The documentation at techbase.kde.org and api.kde.org is very, very good. The only thing I’m missing is a page like A visual guide to Swing components: a quick (visual) overview of all components along with code examples, api documentation etc. I get the feeling that this information for Qt is spread out over a number of websites.

Another thing I noticed is the quality of QtDesigner. I’ve tried the Eclipse Visual editor thingy and the Netbeans Matisse editor, but always ended up doing the ui by hand. Because GridBagLayout isn’t as hard as it looks… But not with QtDesigner and KDevelop. The visual editor is good.

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2 Responses to “On advanced setting and progress update”

  1. will hardy Says:

    One thing to keep in mind are the typical use cases for printing in KDE. Of course, it’s not easy to find out how people you don’t know use the program, it is however worthwhile trying to find out. User testing does this well (get into paper prototyping!), but if you’re brave enough, you might like to draw up a questionnaire and read through the responses.

    Putting everything together, you should get a sense for all the different features people use and work out an efficient way to make everybody as happy and productive as possible.

    Note that things such as integrated previews and other visualisations can do wonders for helping the user avoid confusion.

    Good luck!


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