With the new snap control bar, Inkscape is becoming quite plump above
the waist. Combined with labels that are longer in many other
languages than they are in english, this does not leave very much
space to draw in the end. See this example in french on a 1280*800
display (i.e. not the smallest around)
The width is about half-drawing/half-palette, and, more importantly,
the height cannot even accommodate all the tools even in this fully
The snap control bar is not very wide but control bars do not seem to
be dockable one next to each other. They apparently need to be on top
of each other. Is that specific to my version of GTK or a known
Now my real questions: what do you think about removing some of the
toolbar items and reducing the number of control bars to two, as
before? Do we really need buttons for new document, save, print, etc.
when all of them are readily available in the menu and have standard,
well known keyboard shortcuts? Having the snap controls in the toolbar
make sense because the expose functionality that is more difficult to
get to otherwise. But for the rest...
My opinion would be:
item status why?
new remove present just a cm above, in the file menu; well known
open remove idem
save remove idem
print remove idem + less frequently used
undo remove present to reach in the edit menu; very well known shortcut
redo remove idem
copy remove idem
cut remove idem
paste remove idem
align keep it is inkscape specific
layers ? there is the layers' dropdown already for easy access
global prefs remove if users really need to get to the global
preferences often enough that it requires a button here, it's probably
that there is a deeper problem. Plus this would reduce the confusion
between the two because of their very similar icons (as was mentioned
earlier on the list).
doc. prefs keep
Removing that would make enough room to fit the snap bar next to the
main control bar. If GTK can't do it dynamically, it would need to be
hardcoded, for now.
These changes might seem to be at the detriment of beginners, but once
again they target:
- functions that are similar in most software, so for which the
keyboard shortcuts are easier and more efficient to learn
- functions that are easily available in the menu. Navigating to a
menu is not that tedious especially when the menu is just a few pixels
above the tool bar button.
I looks like a bad habit carried over from some windows programs
rather than like a real design decision on the part of the linux
Plus, other apps (like the gimp) don't have buttons for such things
and I haven't heard anyone complaining (about that part of the UI at
least ;) )
I hope it is not too late to mention that. I think if change ever
happens, it should be before 0.47, before people get exposed and used
to a more cluttered UI.
Thanks in advance for your comments.