|Posted: Fri, 2003-10-31 02:53|
As requested, here are some suggestions for Gallery Remote. As I get more people using it I'll post more.
Everyone: Please comment and after I have confirmation that there are no hidden features here I'll post these to SF.net.
I think it would be clearer to *not* put any number on the entries (instead of url.99 just use url) for the "merge" properties file published by a site. Since this is a special properties file there is no real conflict (as there is in the client properties file). This file is for one specific server anyway since you wouldn't be able to tell multiple servers if they were
Server definitions in the dialog should be titled, not just URLs. For techy people reading the URL is enough to tell us what gallery we are connecting to. For non-techies (like my Mom, or my boss ;-) a description would be preferable. Then I would change the prompt on the main dialog to simply "Gallery" instead of "Gallery URL" and in the preferences change it to "Galleries" instead of "URLs".
An option to auto login would be nice, especially for those people (the majority is my guess) who only have one gallery in the list. When they launch Gallery Remote it would auto-connect to the last gallery used (or the only one). Or, maybe you could let them mark one as the "default" in the preferences.
The button on the main dialog to remove an image from the list to upload is marked "Delete" and has a trash can on it. There is no clear indication that this will not delete the actual file on disk. This will scare and confuse non-techies. If you instead marked the button "remove" (with or without the trash can) then it would not be so scary.
When saving a .grg file there is no warning dialog before you overwrite an existing file.
When opening the file|save dialog, there is currently no memory of where you were last. The "add pictures..." dialog remembers where I was, why does the file|save dialog forget?
Also, the program does not remember that I last opened a specific grg
Standard keyboard shortcuts would be great (like Ctrl-S for Save, Ctrl-O for Open).
The program saves a backup GRG file just before uploading the pictures. However, it doesn't detect if the program is started again without having uploaded the pictures. A dialog asking if the user wants to restore from the backup file (which otherwise most users won't even know is there) would be very cool. This would go along with the previous suggestion to keep a "current file" opened.