[Scribus] Splitting up the properties palette? (was: scribus spin-box)

Tino Schwarze scribus.lists
Fri Oct 14 13:27:38 CEST 2005

On Fri, Oct 14, 2005 at 09:52:18AM +0100, Benjamin Green wrote:

> >>>And while I am at it: In case the properties palette can be saved, I
> >>>would like to suggest getting somehow back to the layout as it is in
> >>>1.2x with the respective items (X,Y,Z, Text etc.) on top of the  
> >>>palette.
> >>>This is much more effective and user friendly than the current layout,
> >>>at least in my personal view.
> >
> >150 % agreed :-)

Me too!!1

> >The eye having to travel up and down across the dialog to find the next  
> >subject is a bit ridiculous after some time. I cannot get used to know  
> >by heart where the next item will be. It would be much more practical to  
> >have them all collected at one place. Why not choose ordinary tabs like  
> >in so many programs, all aligned at the top of the dialogs?
> >
> >And I would regret very much the palette being distributed to a number  
> >of single palettes.
> Agree also, the new palette is pretty but not as easy to use. Tabs are the  
> way.
> As for the palette being split up I am not sure, but I certainly really  
> like the current set up, properties for each item appear as they are  
> relevant, it's great. For example, the 'edit shape' button on the 'shape'  
> dialog launches another window of controls, so long as these are well  
> chosen, which in this case they are, that fine.
> The gimp of course has 'tabs' of a sort that can be compiled into your own  
> custom menus, whereas with all other apps I can think of, one is at the  
> mercy of the coder / GUI designer.

I like the GIMP approach very much. A default "Properties palette" could
be provided which looks like the current one. "Advanced" users may have
more dialogs and distribute tabs as they like. The GIMP UI is also very
easy to handle - just drag and drop as you like. In contrast to GIMP the
MDI model could be utilized - tabs might be docked in the main window
and become part of it. I currently have my Scribus window take 80% of
my screen's width and the dialogs cover the rest - this wastes some
screen space for window decorations.

This way, I can even temporarily organize my windows to speed up the

Bye, Tino.

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