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User interface suggestions

Postby hansifer on Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:31 pm

I put together an interactive UI mock-up comprising some ideas for simplifying/updating the overall ST user interface:

http://hansifer.github.io/sublimeTextUIProposal/

Feedback welcome.

Cheers,
Hans
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Re: User interface suggestions

Postby svenax on Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:31 pm

I know that a picture says more than a thousand words, but could you please add a few words as well to elaborate on what you mean?

I understand the path bar, and that is something I'd like to see as well. The side bar, status bar, and mini map looks just like the existing ones, or am I missing something? Putting the menu bar inside the window breaks the UI guidelines for all platforms so I don't agree with that.
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Re: User interface suggestions

Postby hansifer on Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:34 am

I see what you mean. I'll add more info. In the meantime, can you provide references to the "UI guidelines for all platforms" that you're referring to?
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Re: User interface suggestions

Postby hansifer on Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:54 pm

The obvious difference is moving the tabs to the top, but overall I was trying to come up with something visually simpler and more cohesive that makes better use of real-estate, mostly by adjusting the placement and visual parity of the different UI areas and eliminating as many non-practical visual elements as possible. Currently (in Windows at least), the status bar, menu bar, side bar, title bar, and tabs/content areas each have a distinct style.

The UI is already very good and much better than any other editor/IDE I've seen, but it could be even better with a few relatively subtle visual adjustments that have a big impact on UX IMO. Granted, these adjustments do not necessarily translate into a correspondingly subtle implementation effort, so even if there WERE an interest from ST to improve the application's UX, I'm not pinning my hopes on that happening.
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Re: User interface suggestions

Postby Juje007 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:56 pm

I personally like the Side Bar but I'm not a big fan of the menu because Ubuntu and Mac have this build in in the Global Menu bar.
But for operating systems like Windows this could be a nice feature.
And if you want the file path you can just right click the file and copy it so I do not see a need for that.

But other than it is a nice new UI look :).
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Re: User interface suggestions

Postby hansifer on Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:25 pm

Agreed. I failed to mention that my intention is not to force a window-level menu bar in OS's that make use of a global menu bar. In those cases, that area could be used for other things (eg, the file path) or just permanently hidden.
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Re: User interface suggestions

Postby Juje007 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:23 pm

hansifer wrote:Agreed. I failed to mention that my intention is not to force a window-level menu bar in OS's that make use of a global menu bar. In those cases, that area could be used for other things (eg, the file path) or just permanently hidden.


Ok than I completely like this idea for the UI :).
I hope jps will see this and take inspiration of this ;).
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Re: User interface suggestions

Postby Freakmeister on Sat Oct 12, 2013 2:34 pm

Can you please add a side pannel with all snippets, so I can just click on them to insert? I'm using Komodo Edit now just because of this feature, but it's very glitchy and I would definitely switch to Sublime Text if you add this feature too. It looks like this in Komodo:

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Re: User interface suggestions

Postby Evoken on Sat Oct 12, 2013 5:06 pm

Don't really see the need for a snippets sidebar. You can easily and quickly add snippets into your documents using the Command Palette (Shift+Command+P) and due to fussy searching you can find the snippet you want rather fast, as opposed to digging for them through folders on a sidebar.

With regards to the user interface, I would like to see Sublime implement the tabs in the same way that Chrome does it, I think it would make Sublime look sleeker and the custom themes would also be able to encompass the whole UI, like in Chrome.
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Re: User interface suggestions

Postby jbrooksuk on Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:10 pm

I like the tabs, but I don't like that the sidebar inherits the tint colour.
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