Gnomebaker is a neat program, and it looks like Ubuntu
is going to pick it up so it might even become *the*
gnome audio cd burner (nice website too), but I think
the interface layout is flawed.
I recently setup audio cd burning for a non-technical
friend of mine on Ubuntu. We tried Graveman, Gnomebaker
and k3b. Gnomebaker was the nicest of th three. With
all three programs, my friend was immediately confused
by which of the displayed files were going to be
burned, and how to add files to be burned, they all do
this in a confusing and inconsistent way, with popup
file-picker dialogs and file-browser dialogs and
tree-views built into extra panes of the main
interface. All three times I had to show my friend how
to add files and explain which files are the ones that
will be burned, and we are not talking about a
particularly computer illiterate person here, just a
I think GnomeBaker would benefit from a one-pane
interface, it should contain only the pane for the
files to be burned with the data disc/audio disc tabs.
Files should be added to this pane by drag-dropping
them from seperate nautilus windows. This way,
gnomebaker would break new ground for a simple and
intuitive audio burning interface instead of following
what has been done before, and it would present an
interface to the user with an immediately obvious
function. Gnomebaker could still have a '+' or 'Add
file(s)' button, but this button should simply open the
users home folder (or music folder or something, have
it as a preference) in a seperate nautilus window, from
which the user can drag-drop files.
It's interesting to remember why file-pickers for apps
and browsers built into UI panes in applications exist
- they were invented when computers could not run two
programs at once, so the system file browser could not
be run at the same time as the CD burning application.
This is no longer the case, we have the system file
browser, there is no need to uselessly duplicate its
functionality in a slightly different way, which just
confuses users and obfuscates the function of the
I'd be really pleased to gnomebaker move to a v.simple
one-pane view and just integrate with nautilus.
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