Henry Gomersall | 4 May 15:32 2009
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usability regressions

Having used Referencer for some time now, I have noticed a couple of
usability regressions appear in recent versions.

The first is the default edit mode, where one can edit metadata in the
list view. This disallows, what I would argue, is the more common usage
of using Referencer as a means of organising commonly accessed papers.
Ie, edit once, view many. For this reason the emphasis should be placed
on easy opening, not on easy editing. Triple click is not a discoverable
way of opening documents (i stumbled upon it accidentally!). Allowing
editing in list view is also inconsistent with disallowing it in icon
view. Further to this, the open action should follow the desktop default
if possible; e.g. look up the /apps/nautilus/preferences/click_policy
key to get whether single click opening is required. This is a good
example of where single click is simply unused at the moment (which is
crazy, as its the most basic mouse entry method!).

The second regression is the loss of the tag check-box pane. Now adding
tags to an entry in list view requires 2 extra clicks per tag (and
discoverability is broken). The power of Referencer is in its tags and
so hiding the tag attachment is a loss. Perhaps this could be somehow
combined with the visible tag list (in F-Spot, tags can be dragged onto
the item to be tagged). The little mouse-over icons in icon view are
neat (but I think should not disappear after selecting a tag - allowing
multiple tagging at once).

Finally, instant apply would be a very useful feature. I have often
added papers and exited only to open Referencer again and realised they
are no longer present in my list.

I would be happy to get involved in development efforts.
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John Spray | 16 May 16:44 2009
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Re: problem opening pdf

I had half-done a clickable document thumbnail in the document properties window ages ago, but never got around to finishing it off.  I just got around to it: now in mercurial head.

Cheers,
John

On Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 6:40 PM, Paul Emsley <paul.emsley <at> bioch.ox.ac.uk> wrote:

Often I want to open a PDF after looking at its Properties (e.g. to fix the journal title or author list).  However, referencer (1.1.5)  doesn't allow me to do this.  I have to close the Properties, open the PDF then open the Properties again.  Tedious.

Paul.

(Oh, and I think referencer is great, BTW - nice job!  It looks great and does useful things (people walk by and say "hey! how can I get that on  *my* computer?")


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Paul Emsley | 20 May 19:10 2009
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Properties dialog resize


Hi,

I'd like the Document Properties dialog to be resizable - at least 
horizontally.  The author list and title often overrun the length of the 
entry.

Cheers,

Paul.

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Paul Emsley | 20 May 19:15 2009
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premature truncation


In the tooltip that you get when you mouse over a document I find that 
the title and author list are often truncated.  IMHO there should be a 
lot more text allowed before the ellipsis kicks in (5 times as much 
should do it).

Cheers,

Paul.

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Andreas Wagner | 26 May 15:27 2009
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hg version: gcc 4.4 compile error

Hi all, hi John,

If I am right, then the current hg is not compiling with gcc 4.4. I get an error:

In file included from RefWindow.h:22,
                  from Linker.C:12:
Plugin.h:60: Fehler: »uint64_t« does not name a type

And a quick web search pointed me to here:
http://subversion.ffado.org/index.fcgi/ticket/224

where a similar problem seems to be caused by gcc cleaning up something in the new version 4.4 (They also 
have a pair of patches for their own code there, maybe this is of some help, too). Also, the problem seems to 
exist only since recently:

See a fuller referencer make-log where someone else reported the same problem here:
http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=15779

(And note that this is from May, and we have updated gcc at about that date (May 13th to be exact).)

I hope I am on the right track and you can do something about it.

Thanks for your help,
Andreas

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