Rev 2.5 Beta - Hits

Devin Asay devin_asay at byu.edu
Thu Jul 22 13:01:05 CDT 2004


I know we are trying to air out the bugs and frustrations, but may I 
just comment on some of the hits?

Things I love about the new version:

1. The improved image library. Finally, a really clean, usable library. 
Although I'd still like to see thumbnails of large imported images 
rather than a chunk out of the middle of the image, at least the 
portion showed is larger now, giving us a better chance of visually 
identifying which image it is. And now with 2-dimensional resizing of 
the library window, the visible portions of large images also grow or 
shrink along with the windows. Great work!

2. Proportional resizing of image objects! Holding down the Shift key 
now constrains images proportionally instead of forcing it to a square.

3. One vote in favor of the new look of the tools palette icons. They 
are much clearer; I can see at a glance what the new control will look 
like. Especially helpful for the various styles of menu buttons and 
scrollbars.

4. The ability to Hide/Reveal graphic objects and paint tools on the 
tool palette. Brilliant, especially bringing the paint tools onto the 
same palette with all the others, where they belonged all along.

5. The redesigned documentation. A few quibbles remain, but in general 
a huge leap forward from its multi-window, screen-gobbling predecessor.

6. Command(control)-alt-click to edit scripts instead of the unnerving 
command-alt-hover.

I'm sure I'll discover more hits (and some bugs) as I continue to test. 
All-in-all an impressive release of our favorite development tool.

Devin

Devin Asay
Humanities Technology and Research Support Center
Brigham Young University



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