On Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 10:25:01AM -0700, Tuomas Kuosmanen wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:15:27PM -0400, Federico Mena Quintero wrote:
> > >  > 20 pixels is pretty small (on 300 dpi that means 1.69
> > >  > millimeters)
> > >  
> > >  Shouldn't these ranges be tied to the resolution setting?  ie
> > >  change the resolution and the ranges will update (well, maybe
> > >  not for an open dialog, but perhaps the next time its opened).
> > 
> > Using sliders for these things is wrong.  You cannot specify
> > things precisely and they have a limited range.  These should be
> > GtkSpinButtons with a *big* adjustment range instead.
> Though sliders are nice to adjust when things dont have a
> 'enumerated' nature like "tilt sensitivity" - it is hard to justify
> what a setting of "35" does, but having a slider is easier since you
> can visualize the range easier.. But I am not really sure what the
> ideal solution would be.. For percentage-type stuff (0-1 values)
> sliders are good (like for opacity)

I personally would prefer to use the slider to get an idea of where
I'm going then type a hexadecimal value from 0x00 to 0xFF to set the
opacity. However, I know that it is especially important to
accommodate normal humans who may not actually think in terms of
numerical values.

> Maybe the spinbutton would be ok after all, testing it in practice
> would give more ground to judge the stuff.. It's a lot about how you
> are used to doing different things and how long you have been using
> a feature..

I know I'm repeating myself, but why not use _both_? In the case of
the opacity slider, the number is displayed right beside it. Making
this number a spinbutton would not take up very much more screen real
estate and it would allow everyone to work with the value in the
manner they prefer.

I'd like to see more slider/spinbox combinations in the GIMP. The
slider is great for figuring out the correct value but being able
to tune it by typing in a number is essential for precision work.



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