Linked by Bryce Harrington on Wed 2nd Jun 2004 17:15 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces I had to reread Bulia's email three times. It was one of those nigh-mythical events that you read happens in Open Source projects, but never see in person. Yet, amazingly, here it was, and I knew Fred's patch would instantly double Inkscape's utility.
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by bulia byak on Fri 4th Jun 2004 18:59 UTC

> And one feature request: Please make it so the vertical toolbar can be placed above the horizontal one and/or next to each other.

We cannot yet make horizontal toolbar vertical or vice versa, but in CVS version, you can simply hide any of the toolbars.

> There are many dialogs with all the widgets glued to other widgets (HIG requires 8 to 12 pixels between every element from any other element, including the borders of a window).

I agree many of our dialogs are ugly, and we're working on that. However this particular suggestion is hardly acceptable. HIG allows some deviations from its recommendations when there's a good reason, and we do have a good reason to not blow up our dialogs which are quite huge already and hard to work with on smaller screens (we had users complain about that). Things like reorganizing, rearranging, condensing help, but every pixel counts when you're working on graphic. Note that most commercial graphic tools use their own small and tightly packed non-standard widgets. We are not going to use our own widgets, but at least we're trying to make our dialogs look professional, stylish, and compact.