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

Craig Bradney cbradney
Fri Oct 14 22:05:35 CEST 2005

On Friday 14 October 2005 13:27, Tino Schwarze wrote:
> 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
> workflow.

Our plans were leading somewhere towards what Gimp has, allowing tabbed 
toolbars that you can group yourself.

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