Hi Thomas and Brian,

I think the way to do this one, as well as make the user interface both more facile and intuitive, is with drop-down menus.
I put a draft of my idea at  takken.us/stellarium, but need to do more to explain it.
I suggest that the present slide bars are an encumbrance for the user.

Ed Takken






On Mar 19, 2012, at 1:30 PM, Thomas Morris wrote:

Hi Brian,

Perhaps this could be implemented as a plug-in? ("extended DSO
controls" or something like that). Personally I would like some
extended controls particularly for making full use of the new NGC data
catalogue. (Galaxy display based on surface brightness for example,
which would certainly be useful for objects at low altitude.)

Thanks,
Thomas

On 19 March 2012 17:03, Bogdan Marinov <daggerstab@gmail.com> wrote:
On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 1:48 AM, bdwashbu <bdwashbu@gmail.com> wrote:
Cool!

I have a prototype image here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/81471534@N00/6848489598/lightbox/

Oh, my, more interface clutter. While users have requested a way to
select which categories of DSOs are displayed, I think that a separate
slider for each is overkill.

Also, a comment on a previous question of yours:

On 18 March 2012 14:15, bdwashbu <bdwashbu@gmail.com> wrote:
I also think that the sliders should be ticked and a label show their
current value, because I'm not even sure what their value currently
represents. (I assume apparent magnitude)

The sliders are deliberately unitless and don't represent apparent
magnitude. Instead, they control the number of objects shown on the
screen with a somewhat unclear formula which includes apparent
magnitude and dynamic eye adaptation.

Please also have in mind that one of the reasons Stellarium is popular
with educators and people who are total beginners in astronomy is the
simplicity of its interface. New features should be carefully
designed. Just slapping hack over hack as has been the tendency
recently won't lead to anything good. We already kicked out the
planetarium users, let's not alienate more groups.

Bogdan

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