[KPhotoAlbum] Thumbnail latency

Joe josephj at main.nc.us
Tue Sep 7 23:03:27 CEST 2010


  On 09/05/2010 02:49 PM, Jesper K. Pedersen wrote:
> OK, you make a good point.
> Would you be able to make a patch for this?
>
> Cheers
>
> On Sunday 05 September 2010 11:21:03 Joe wrote:
> |   On 08/25/2010 02:29 PM, Tero Tilus wrote:
> |>  Joe, 2010-08-25 20:04:
> |>>  On 08/21/2010 03:29 AM, Jesper K. Pedersen wrote:
> |>>>  Are you referring to the box you see when you uses Settings->show
> |>>>  tooltips in thumbnail window?
> |>>
> |>>  Yes.
> |>>
> |>>  I need to scan through a lot of photos picking a selection for an
> |>>  album (by tagging them).  Hovering to get a larger image helps me
> |>>  make selections if it doesn't work too fast.  I can keep the
> |>>  originals small and see many more per screen.
> |>
> |>  That's exactly what I use that hover feature for.  You can easily turn
> |>  it off for a while when you don't necessarily need it.  C-t iirc.
> |
> | Cntrl-T is helpful, but doesn't solve the problem.
> |
> | The problem is that I need to turn it on and leave it on for relatively
> | long sessions when I am selecting/searching through pictures, but when
> | it is turned on, it is almost completely unusable because I get a
> | preview for every image I move the mouse over while I'm trying to get
> | from one image I'm looking at to the next one of interest. This is
> | *extremely* disorienting and distracting! It even makes it hard to find
> | the next image of interest because it may be covered up by a preview of
> | an image that just happened to be "in the way". (and it took quite some
> | effort to describe it politely like that!)
> |
> | dolphin (the file browser - and konqueror too) has this same feature,
> | but only displays previews for objects that the mouse has "lingered" on
> | for some time (I'm guessing - around 200ms or so). That way, if you move
> | the mouse normally, you see a preview for the object you started on and,
> | next, a preview for the object you stopped on without everything in
> | between that you are essentially just trying to get past.
> |
> | The point is that adding a (hopefully) tiny modification to the preview
> | code that says something like "ignore a mouseover event if lasts less
> | than 200ms" should completely fix this issue and make kpa behave the way
> | other successful applications do.
> |
> | It's *little* things like this that make or break a gui!
> |
> | Another one that's similar, but far less severe (and probably more of a
> | user preference issue), is the way that drag and drop works. In kpa,
> | dragging and dropping a set of selected images causes all the images to
> | move across the screen. This is very dramatic (and cool the first time
> | you see it), but I find it ultimately very distracting. The way dolphin
> | handles this is to modify the mouse cursor so you know a drag and drop
> | is in progress. It doesn't look like what you're doing is ripping your
> | data/display apart - and it doesn't rivet your attention on the object
> | you're manipulating when it should be focused on the destination you're
> | trying to get to.
> |
> | Joe
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I'd love to, but the only "current" language I'm really fluent in is 
bash - not of too much use here.

Joe


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