[sldev] I finished VWR-14914 patch; any testers?
melinda at superliminal.com
Thu Aug 6 12:02:09 PDT 2009
If the intent is not to commit it, then anything goes of course. I
definitely like the idea of improving the beacons functionality though
and if people come up with useful improvements I'd love to see the
attempt made to fold them in. The first step is VWR-9138 which is
intended to bring clarity to the UI but using the current 3D graphics.
The second step should be to improve the 3D graphics. I believe it was
Dave P who suggested that the GL line graphics should be replaced with
polygonal treatments, and then there's no end to the fun we can have to
distinguish the different beacon types and their various sub-features.
At that point the "beacon width" feature should probably become "beacon
size" or something which simply makes all beacons more or less prominent.
It also occurs to me that we can't change the color for the sound
beacons because color is used to indicate beacon type, but again, line
style and saturation are still available.
Kelly Linden wrote:
> It sounds like the intent is not to commit the debug code. That said,
> I like the variable width lines concept. Just because we have a
> setting for adjusting the default width doesn't mean we should ignore
> width as a possible feedback mechanism. Total side issue though, and
> not pertinent to the bug fix at hand.
> Aleric: My comments on the patch are in the jira.
> - Kelly
> On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 11:23 AM, Melinda Green<melinda at superliminal.com> wrote:
>> I don't think you should change the line width as long as there is a
>> user control for that. Otherwise I expect that people will report bugs
>> against sound lines that don't respect the width they set. There are
>> plenty of other attributes that you can modify instead. Maybe saturation
>> or the spacings between dashed lines?
>> Aleric Inglewood wrote:
>>> Hi, I *finally* finished VWR-14914... this must have been the one that
>>> I worked on
>>> most time on... weeks.
>>> If you want to test the patch, you might want to use the attached (to the jira)
>>> VWR-14914-v3-20090806-debug.diff instead of plain VWR-14914.diff
>>> because the first adds nice colors to the sound beacon :)
>>> After applying this patch do View --> Beacons and only select "sound sources".
>>> The colors have the following meaning:
>>> * blue: non-playing
>>> * cyan: non-playing / muted
>>> * red: playing and gain 0
>>> * yellow: playing with 0 < gain < 1
>>> * green: playing and gain 1
>>> Yellow has a width between 1 and the beacon width that you set,
>>> proportional to the gain.
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