#208 Alter tooltip for Save toolbar button

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nobody
Usability (267)
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2006-01-30
2003-11-08
Perry
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I suggest the Save button on the toolbar have tooltip
"Save any changed files (Ctlrl+S)", to help clarify
that it applies to both sides, not just the active side.

Actually, it would be even niftier if it had a dynamic
tooltip, so it could say "Save both files" when both
are changed, and it could say, eg, "Save left file"
when only the left is changed.

Discussion

  • ganier
    ganier
    2003-11-08

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    And two buttons, one for left, one for right ? And the button
    is grayed as long as there are no modifications.
    If most people process like I do, they just merge in one side,
    and save left or save right is exactly what I need.

     
  • Kimmo Varis
    Kimmo Varis
    2003-11-10

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    I'd prefer Perry's suggestion about dynamic tooltip.

    I don't like WinMerge toolbar to be mess like MS Word one.
    Just most important and frequently used functions. Part of
    the problem is we don't have support for multiple or
    customisable toolbars. So if we add two buttons for just
    saving, couple of buttons for showing linediff and opening
    diff pane we soon have toolbar that does not fit to 800*600
    screen. :(

    One trick could be to add dropdowns for buttons, so that
    right-clicking Save-button opens menu with "Save Both",
    "Save Left" and "Save Right".

     
  • Kimmo Varis
    Kimmo Varis
    2005-06-28

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    I'm closing this as Won't Fix.

    We can't have such an important UI dependent from tooltips
    (read: mouse use). Also, there are stars in headers showing
    filepaths marking modified files.

     
  • Kimmo Varis
    Kimmo Varis
    2005-06-28

    • status: open --> closed-wont-fix
     
  • elsapo
    elsapo
    2005-06-28

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    Why not fix it?

    I'm one of the developers, and I avoid the Save button when
    I'm merging in one direction, because I'm not positive what
    it does to feel safe pushing it.

    My point is that it is very unclear what that button does,
    so anything to help clarify to the user would improve the
    situation.

     
  • Kimmo Varis
    Kimmo Varis
    2005-06-29

    • status: closed-wont-fix --> open-wont-fix
     
  • Kimmo Varis
    Kimmo Varis
    2005-06-29

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    Maybe we should add separate toolbar icons for 'Save' (for
    active file) and 'Save All' (for both files) like many other
    programs have.

    But tooltips are too restricted to be real solution. I'm
    working a lot from keyboard, so I usually don't see those
    tooltips and as such they don't help me.

    Statusbar description for Save-button says 'Save active
    document'. Hmm, that really can mean two things:
    - save active file in active window
    - save both files in active window

    Reopening for now so this is easier to find.

     
  • elsapo
    elsapo
    2005-06-29

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    Ok, this is hard -- I think "Save All" isn't good, because
    that sounds like saving all open documents -- usually that
    is what it means -- and that would mean all the documents in
    all open WinMerge windows (and nowadays that can be a lot of
    windows).

    What about "Save This File" and "Save Both Files" ?

     
  • Kimmo Varis
    Kimmo Varis
    2006-01-30

    • labels: --> Usability
    • status: open-wont-fix --> open
     
  • Kimmo Varis
    Kimmo Varis
    2006-01-30

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    "Save this file" sounds weird - I haven't remember any
    program using wording like that. Maybe "Save active file"?

    Then we could remove Save left/right items since it would be
    easier to select active file and save it.