Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

#8440 new enhancement

Add instructions to DiskUsage

Reported by: devine Owned by: nobody
Priority: normal Milestone: R1
Component: Applications/DiskUsage Version: R1/Development
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked By: Blocking:
Has a Patch: no Platform: All

Description

I think the interface of the DiskUsage application is not immediatly intuitive. I made a patch which adds instructions in the top right corner of the main BView.

Attached is a screenshot, and my initial patch.

Attachments (2)

DiskUsageInstruction1.png (39.9 KB ) - added by devine 7 years ago.
Usage instructions added to top right corner of main view.
diskusageinstructions1.diff (1.9 KB ) - added by devine 7 years ago.
Adds instructions to the top right hand corner of the main view.

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Change History (8)

by devine, 7 years ago

Attachment: DiskUsageInstruction1.png added

Usage instructions added to top right corner of main view.

by devine, 7 years ago

Attachment: diskusageinstructions1.diff added

Adds instructions to the top right hand corner of the main view.

comment:1 by devine, 7 years ago

Has a Patch: set

comment:2 by humdinger, 7 years ago

I don't think this is a good solution. Some people may benefit from these instructions one single time, but everybody will have to live with this distraction in the top right corner for ever. Maybe having a "Help" item in its menu (or in this case context menu) that opens the corresponding page of the user guide is better. This would have to be done for every app of course.
OTOH, this wouldn't work for most preference panels etc. which could use some explanation but usually don't have a menu. I guess we'd need a global help system that is triggered with holding a key while clicking on objects, either giving short context based help or at least offer to open the user guide page.

Anyway, that's nothing to be discussed in a ticket...

comment:3 by devine, 7 years ago

I understand and mostly agree.

A help item in the context menu may be a more elegant solution however I was thinking that it would be better to get the hint more immediatly in the users face.

One small problem with the context menu is that it only activates when you right click on the actual disk usage view (and on one of the colours, not just the grey part) and not on the majority of the whitespace surrounding it where it is more natural to try right clicking.

Is the solution to make the context menu work everywhere in the main view and have a help item? Perhaps another soltion would be to make the message disappear after the first click. That way users can get the help they need immediately and it doesn't bother them after that.

comment:4 by nielx, 7 years ago

Obsoleting patch per comment:2.

Providing a newer version is always appreciated.

comment:5 by nielx, 7 years ago

Has a Patch: unset

comment:6 by pulkomandy, 5 years ago

What about using "zoom-in" and "zoom-out cursors? Or maybe just the hyperlink cursor? This would make it more obvious that an action is possible by clicking there, without being too distracting.

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