Palapeli: The new window layout
September 28, 2009
Palapeli has reached about 2000 lines of code. Today, I combined both the puzzle library and the puzzle table into one window. This is how the application looks like now:
The new interface layout is based on two fundamental findings:
- All actions (except for the standard actions like “Help” and “About…”) do only make sense when one of the two views (puzzle library, puzzle table) is visible. I’ve therefore decided to place the toolbars for those actions inside the tab pages.
- With this change, the only remaining interface parts outside the tabs are the tab bar and the menu bar. Those are both concentrated at the left side, wasting much space at the top right corner. To save space, I’ve put the menu bar into the tab bar. After this change, I found that the new order is much more intuitive (at least to me): The tabs are at the place where the user expects menu items, and also feel much the same. The only difference is that they do not open a submenu, but another part of the application.
There are two problems left with this layout:
The menu bar is now always at the right end of the window, while I would like it right next to the tabs to emphasize the altered role of the tabs. I’m still investigating on how to solve this issue. The other issue which I also couldn’t solve yet is that good ol’ “Configure toolbars” dialog does not work.
Update: Issue 1 is solved.
Apart from that, the next tasks are library management (i.e. import new puzzles, delete puzzles from the library, and KNewStuff integration).