Wired HC Article - UI
troy at rpsystems.net
Mon Aug 19 09:38:01 CDT 2002
On Monday, August 19, 2002, at 03:16 AM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> The question was: what can Rev learn from the design of iShell?
> Some here have expressed that Rev is too deep too fast and that makes it
> hard to learn to swim gracefully in it. I believe all software can be
> radically improved, so maybe we can discover specific solutions.
> One approach would be to think about what makes iShell valuable to you,
> think of what you want to do in Rev and how that work might benefit
> from you
> learn from iShell.
Richard, as usual you make excellent points. But I believe this time you
have stated the intention better.
But I'll also come back to the fact the overall metaphor for iShell is
not very well suited to Rev's work flow style - so maybe we examine what
is a better direction of optimization.
In fact, from my perspective, I'm reasonably happy with Rev's UI. Room
for improvement? Absolutely. Actually, Wolfgang has previously pointed
out several such areas - back when he coined "AppLov". If it were me, I
would focus in on the AppLov like a hawk. It is the key to examination
of a project in a holistic manner.
Another advantageous tool would be a true project overview - you know,
like a site map. Something which has the capacity to show graphically a
projects layout and interconnections. Stacks break out into cards, cards
have colored icons or stripes on them representing groups, and lines
show interconnections. Double clicking a card opens it for editing, new
cards could be added, new links drawn, and so on...
Personally, I don't need that sort of tool, but I can see where it could
be helpful to folks who are not scripters at heart.
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