Geomview For Windows?
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Observations on Geomview for X 1.4.1 beta
I've been using geomview for X on my linux box for a while. It's great to have geomview running at home. However, I've noticed some quirks in the user interface that may need addressing. First information about os/lib/gv version: -----------------------SLICE WITH AX--------------------------------- Linux snow 1.0 #2 Mon Mar 28 21:09:42 CST 1994 i486 XFree 2.1 on Cirrus Logic 5428 (full acceleration enabled) Using fvwm 1.21c window manager 14 libs found in cache `/etc/ld.so.cache' (version 1.4.3) 1 - /usr/openwin/lib/libxv3.so.3.0 2 - /lib/libvga.so.1.0.11 3 - /usr/openwin/lib/libss.so.3.1 4 - /usr/openwin/lib/libolg.so.3.0 5 - /lib/libm.so.4.5.24 6 - /lib/libgr.so.1.3 7 - /lib/libc.so.4.5.24 8 - /usr/X11/lib/libXt.so.3.1.0 9 - /lib/libXpm.so.3.3.0 10 - /usr/X11/lib/libXaw.so.3.1.0 11 - /usr/X11/lib/libX11.so.3.1.0 12 - /usr/openwin/lib/libUSS.so.2.0 13 - /usr/openwin/lib/libUIC.so.2.0 14 - /usr/X11/lib/libPEX5.so.1.1.0 Geomview for X, 1.4.1 beta Compiled: By slevy at kowalevsky[0.99.14] On Sun Mar 13 19:19:41 CST 1994 -----------------------SLICE WITH AX--------------------------------- Now for the observations: Labels for buttons in Appearance panel are too big for said buttons Normalize options shouldn't be in the Appearance panel Entry areas for numbers have an odd behavior: * They destroy the X cut buffer * When the cursor leaves the entry area, the "carrot" is left of the left side of the number -- the wrong place * When the cursor leaves the entry area, the number is highlighted -- but not if you just changed the number Cut, Copy, and Paste options in the Edit menu don't work The number for line width in the Appearance panel is shifted over from all the other numbers None of the sliders (in the Lights and Material panels) show what the slider is varying between. Ie: do I move the slider left or right to make the object more shiny? You can't have more than one color inspector up at once The sliders in the color inspector aren't marked RGB (they might be HSV, CMY...) The load and save directory browsers: * The filter should just be a wildcard -- not the full path and then a wildcard * The width changing directories/files lists get annoying when moving through directory trees. Perhaps combine them into one list, or just list the last path segment in the directory list and make it a constant width The Credits panel has an initial size which is about one character too narrow to put the text in without a scrollbar <Escape> in a camera window doesn't quit the program In the Commands panel, the history doesn't track the last command executed (Neat having the history, though) Geomview should grab a private colormap if it doesn't have enough colors Backspace isn't working for entry areas except for highlighted portions... I think that's a problem on my end (keymaps) It uses a expensive, commercial widget library to implement the user interface. :-/ This may prevent people from using geomview in places where they either aren't allowed or can't use precompiled binaries (either policy or using a different architecture). The use of Motif may prevent people from modifying the source to suit their needs. Unfortunately, there aren't many alternatives: Xlib: Standard, but a headache to write an interface. Xt: Ditto. Xview: Declared dead by Sun. (well, not entirely, but they've thrown their weight behind Motif) SUIT: Supposed to be quite good. I think it's free for academic use, but has a huge royalty for commercial use. tk/tcl: Easy to write and has a pretty good set of features. Interpretive, so it'll be slower than Motif. People would have to obtain and compile tk/tcl to do development. Interviews: Don't know much about this one. It's free and based on C++. Well, that's all I can think of for now. Please let me know if you need help deciphering my ramblings... -- o Fighting for the right to yell o Tim Rowley UofM ACM Secretary o <-> [*** Stuff Deleted ***] <-> rowl0005 at gold.tc.umn.edu <-> | | in a crowded computer lab. | | rowley at mermaid.micro.umn.edu | |
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