GNOME and KDE priorities
Posted Feb 3, 2005 15:39 UTC (Thu) by rwmj
In reply to: GNOME and KDE priorities
Parent article: GNOME and KDE priorities
Actually, going back 5 minutes is useful for me since
I tend to watch DVDs in small parts (while exercising),
but I take your point that it may not be for everyone.
So let's look at the rewind issue in general. On Apple's
DVD player, rewinding happens at a constant rate (say,
2x or 16x), but to set this rate you have to go through
an awkward two-level menu. On my real DVD player, rewind
begins slowly and gets faster the longer you hold the button
down. On my PVR, you press the button multiple times
to go 2x, 4x, 6x ... faster.
None of these interfaces is especially smart. The Apple
one is the most annoying, but even the PVR interface
(which I like best of them) still makes it hard to go
from fast rewind to slow forward, which is an obvious
thing to want to do (think about when you "overshoot").
In this case, multiple buttons makes an awful lot of sense,
[Rewind slow] [Forward slow]
[Rewind fast] [Forward fast]
(I only ever want to go slowly or quickly; going at
intermediate speeds is never really useful).
This still doesn't solve the "how do I get to a particular
point on the disk", or "how do I go back 5 minutes", but
if the time counter was a simple entry form which could
be modified by typing in numbers, that would solve all of
those problems and more.
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