IBM, stop hiding new options
Fri 24 Feb 2006, 11:10 AMTweet
by Ben Langhinrichs
In R5, you could have no border, a box border, a single, double, triple or two-line border. In R5, the drop down box used for choosing these options was fairly clear.
In ND6, this was enhanced, but how many options were added? If you were to look at the display, you would see just one new option, which is a "window caption" style. Unless you looked closely, you might not even notice that there is now a scroll bar, as it seems so pointless. The drop down box already hangs below the properties box, so there is no apparent reason why you would need to scroll down to see more information.
So, you could easily miss that there are three more options hidden below the one new one that is displayed. These are the gradient toolbar, which is a very nice effect that takes the border color and makes a solid bar gradient to white. If you can imagine it, look below this image where I have an example.
The question remains, why would IBM not make this more visible?
In R5, there were only two options, and again, they were pretty easy to see.
Look at these two carefully. Would anybody who wasn't actively looking for it know to scroll down? Would anybody who was looking for iteven know how to find the Using Best Fit for OS? And why would this dropdown box not just be extended one extra row? This has been around since ND6 was released and neither of these two examples has been altered at all through ND7, but it could be done in any point release. This is not the stuff you should have to wait for Hannover to fix. This should be in 7.0.2.
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What has been said:
438.1. Wild Bill (24/02/2006 09:01)
Another favourite of mine. If, in a view column, in the sort property pane, you select "sort column header", you can activate a dropdown box that says "ascending, Descending, Both, Jump to view"...
The last one allows you to select another view. Click on the column header, and you can jump to it. Very very useful. But was that dropdown list the right place to put it ?
Oh - and I only found it because there was a "bent arrow" instead of a "triangle" sort option at the top of a standard template...
438.2. Ben Langhinrichs (02/24/2006 09:03 AM)
Good example. That is an underused option almost enturely because it is so hidden.
438.3. Ben Langhinrichs (02/24/2006 12:30 PM)
Mac - I accidentally checked in 6.5 on my laptop instead of 7. So, the web access options ARE fixed in 7, but the sections options are not. Thanks for the heads up. I am certainly glad to see that corrected.
438.4. Jan Van Puyvelde (28/02/2006 01:34)
It's also a problem in templates, because a dropdown cannot be made longer.
Example: the repeats dialog in the mail template. Many people don't use "Custom" because it's below the five visible options (Daily, Weekly, ...).