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Re: Unnecessary changes

From: Simon Large <simon.tortoisesvn_at_googlemail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 15:07:53 +0100

2008/9/1 Math Random <random0xff_at_gmail.com>:
> After updating to 1.5 I was unpleasantly surprised by the new 'visuals'.
>
> The overlay icons are now just a blur. There was nothing wrong with the old
> ones, why the change?

The old ones were drawn pixel by pixel. Now that Vista supports
128x128 icons that is no longer viable so we changed to vector
graphics which are scalable. Unfortunately the small icons really
*need* to be hand drawn but we need a volunteer to integrate the two
methods.

> The icons for line endings in WinMerge are distracting, really distracting.

You can turn those off when you disable showing white space. But this
has already been changed on trunk to much thinner line drawing which
takes the same colour as the other whitespace chars. Try a nightly
build.

> The background images in some of the dialogs are also distracting. They
> don't add value, because the dialogs are distinguishable.
>
> To make this constructive I have some tips for the next version:
>
> Make it so that users can import overlay icon sets, and make the 1.4 set
> available and included in the default installation.

You can already import icon sets by dropping them into the appropriate
directory. But it needs documenting as has been pointed out in the
last few days by someone else. As for improving the icons, are you
volunteering? ;-)

> Make the whitespace (end of line) display actual characters instead of using
> images, so we can at least change the color.

Already done.

> Don't spend too much time working on frivolous updates (icons, background
> and other graphics like a raindrop effect on the banner in the about box)
> because your target audience is not helped by that.

The raindrop has been there since before I joined the project a few
years ago. And you just complained about icons, so they can't be that
frivolous.

Simon

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