On Wednesday 08 September 2010 22:15:33 Paul Davis wrote:
Here is my shot:
(Speaking in terms of
http://doc.trolltech.com/4.6/qpalette.html#ColorRole-enum because thats the=
toolkit I know...)
The discussion started with faders showing the value by color. Could also b=
used by meters.
Muted/off: Window-color (that is the normal background of windows)
Really low: Shadow
High: Highlight (which would be the alarm color)
I did a quick test with ffado-mixer, the first screenshot is the current ve=
with black-blue-green-yellow-red, the second is the window-shadow-dark-ligh=
In the second case I think a small 1px border around each "fader" would be=
appropriate. Have to think about that.
Now to the ardour-specific questions:
Muted could be visualized just by graying out the whole=20
track/channel/fader/meter or by de-saturating it.
Rec-enabled would be a border in the Highlight color.
And if its about toggle-buttons that should increase visibility when=20
activated, these could be colored in the Highlight color or the Base color=
(used for input-widgets).
Something needing immediate attention could be marked by blinking in the=20
Highlight color. Or by having a blinking 5px border in the Highlight color.
Generally there are several ways to make something stand out:
- Color it to stand out. Which is what the Highlight color is for.
- Make it big.
- Give it space.
- Make it stand out with a simple 3D effect like a raised/sunken border or=
The last three don't require special colors.
I know there are special apps that need so many colors that the system pale=
is not enough. I know ardour is the prime example there.
But I don't understand why apps like puredata don't follow the systems=20
defaults? Black objects on white background stand out much to much when my=
laptop is trimmed for live-foh usage where the normal "Text on Base" colors=
would be "Wine Red on Black". If it simply used that colors as provided by =
system/toolkit, it would blend in perfectly...
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