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UI suggestions - some initial comments

Firstly, love your product. Simple, compact, and does just
what I want, nothing more.

Also, I tried to send this via you suggestion dialog,
but it wouldn't go through the firewall - worse it just
threw all the text away!

Here is a list of things that you might or might not
find useful.

1. Design mode could be made much more integrated by
shifting all of the tree stuff down one level. Like this:

Locations
  +-- Location 1
  +-- Location 2
Templates
  +-- Template 1
  +-- Template 2
etc..  Website
  +-- index.html
  +-- Articles
      +--- Article 1
      +--- Article 2

Hope you get the picture.

At the moment, there are two different ways to do the
same thing. Editing/Renaming/Adding/Deleting in the
treeview, and doing it in the popup boxes with add/insert
buttons. These are effectively the same operations. Doing
this would also get rid of some of the proliferation
of dialog boxes. I try and avoid two levels of dialogs
wherever possible - launching editing boxes off the main
app is much less confusing.

Notice that this is also much more in keeping with the
way the MS is doing stuff in its apps these days (ie. the
first level of explorer is a conceptual level).

2. You might make better use of the main application
window by using a control that is a cross between a
tree control/list control. You would be making use of
some of the lost screen real estate out to the right,
and you could include columns about authors, dates, etc -
obviating the need to open an article up to see some of
the more pertinent There are a few of these around, some
are even free (www.codeguru.com) if you are MFC developers.

3. The example site that you initialise has some nice
css features using the div section to float left and
right. However, there seems to be no way to do this in
wyswyg mode. You have to go to HTML mode and fool around
a bit to get this effect - or did I miss something here?

Brett Calcott
Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Brett, luckily I didn't understand 1 and 2, but I think it sounds good.

But you have it right for 3 except you can open files (that aren't articles) and templates in your favorite editor by right clicking a file and selecting "Open with."  You'll have to do some "Choose program" stuff to configure CityDesk for your favorite editors.

You can't really do that with an article.  Some folks cut and paste the HTML between their favorite editors and CityDesk.

tk
Wednesday, March 20, 2002

I couldn't agree more on (1). I really don't like the way that some "content" is visible and others is placed in a netherworld behind the various toolbar buttons.

(2) is an interesting point, as many people have asked for various things to appear in mouseover tags, but I would suggest that a user-editable list of these items would indeed be a better solution.

As to (3), perhaps it's simply too early? css is a big bag of worms, and it seems there are lots of little things that could improve the app before then.

Maury Markowitz
Friday, March 22, 2002

I like the first point about having the locations and everything in the tree view.

Colin Newell
Friday, March 22, 2002

I'd realy like "View - Article/file/ template/image- properties"
option.

tk
Friday, March 22, 2002

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