Google Summer of Code is over and I still didnt blogged about the new interface for Conduit I wrote. Well, going back to university and doing multiple things at once can really slow things down.
Ok, so this is not final but I think it’s an improvement over the old UI. The thing is, I was tired of owner-drawn widgets and I was tired of right-clicking things at the canvas (users didn’t even know that thing in the middle was the canvas). And the new UI gives me a reason to use all the work I did to rebuild the configuration system (see why dialogs was not enough?).
What I still don’t like about it, is that it’s hard to get an overview of the conduit. Sinks are usually hidden so you don’t even know they are there sometimes. I was thinking about adding a button to hide and show the configuration, but I think that is confusing and not HIG-friendly.
Another thing I’m unsure about is tabs. Everyone has tabs nowadays, do why not Conduit?
Hm, I don’t like that, it does look better but it’s rather confusing.
I do like design, but I’m not very good at it. Anyone interested in giving me some tips? Maybe someone could draw those Mac-looking mockups, that would be great!
Btw, thanks a lot John Carr and John Stowers for giving me the opportunity to work on this Summer of Code.