Posted Apr 21, 2005 10:11 UTC (Thu) by gc
In reply to: Common irritations
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's Guide to Image Management Applications
> I find the most irritating thing about all these programs is that they use the native "select and edit" notion built into whatever UI toolkit they were coded under.
I have started a web-album oriented software which takes the same irritation as a starter (among others). As a result, I have come-up with three different easy ways to rotate images: mouse gesture (click, drag a little right or left, release), one-click tools (you select the "rotate clockwise" toggle-button in the toolbar, then one click on each image is just what you need to do the rotation), and right-click popup context menu (this is the most "intuitive" for people not reading the doc and/or not used with the first two ways which are more specific). Of course, I also have keyboard shortcuts to do that.
(shameless self-advert) http://zarb.org/~gc/html/booh.html - not in freshmeat or other places yet because I want to finish all the most interesting features first - which is nearly the case btw.
It's not image-management oriented so doesn't aim at implementing too serious features such as cropping. It's more geared towards people who want to create web-albums _fast_.
About your suggestion or rotation, I think that putting buttons next to thumbnails would take up space better used to display images. Mouse gestures are a more elegant solution IMHO. But that can just be a matter of taste.
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