[UI Suggestion] Events/Sheet display/linking

  • So the other day I was thinking that the Events/Layouts UI could use better management options.

    I always move the Events to the left, and the Layouts to the right. It's annoying to do it everytime, but it works for me.

    So I though "how can this be a bit more usable" and I thought of a couple things, here's a mockup:

    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/XhqSlXr.png" border="0" />

    1st) Separate the events and layouts in rows - This could be annoying for some of you, but you only lose about what, 10 height px?

    2nd) Make them "linkable" so we can have the layouts with its corresponding event. Of course, it should be optional.

    3rd) Finally, let the user select what's on the top row and what's on the bottom one.

    Well, that's it. I think it can be doable and it will make my life easier.

    Sorry about the quality of the mockup, did in 5 minutes.

    Cheers!

  • IMO - and it is just my opinion - this looks horrible. I much prefer the current system.

    This seems more like an aesthetic change than a useful functional change, and I'd rather see more and better functionality before aesthetics.

    **** Edit ****

    Just so you understand my point, here is how I work:

    When I create a Layout I don't add an Event Sheet, as I create numerous Event Sheets and Include when needed. The Layout is created at runtime from parsing json.

    So for instance, I have Event Sheets such as Collisions, ControlSystem,Hud,Globals, and many many more. It makes it far easier for me to amend just a single event without having to hunt around everywhere.

    Using your system would not work at all for me. Do you see?

  • In no way this is an aesthetic change. It's an usability change, as I explained.

    And yeah, that's the programmer's workspace. Just a few people use that system. It's not useful when you have to search since you have manually search on all your includes, BUT it's cleaner.

    And as I said, it would only take 10px max from your workspace, which is an OK tradeoff for the rest (majority) of the users.

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  • I always move the Events to the left, and the Layouts to the right.

    It's your personal choice. I like to have only one layout (one I currently work on) on the left and all needed event sheets on the right. So your suggestion breaks my work flow straight away.

  • I think the point really is giving the user the choice to do it how they want rather than fixing anything in stone. If the option was available then you could choose ( or not) to use it.

  • It's your personal choice. I like to have only one layout (one I currently work on) on the left and all needed event sheets on the right. So your suggestion breaks my work flow straight away.

    It doesn't, because you can still use your event sheets as you wish.

    What I can use in the current format, is color-code the layouts and events - color the layouts red, and the events blue (as an example).

    That would be great.

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