Settings Panels in 5646

Something very odd happened to the Plugin panel in 5646. After three years with a somewhat whimsical relation to the art of user interface design, the Plugin panel suddenly became ...

clear, clean, informative, and pleasant to use. Nothing fancy or disturbing, just solid functionality solidly expressed.

This is both wonderful and disturbing, like finding out that an old enemy died in his sleep.

The Project Structure (previously Project Roots, previously Modules) panel is also much improved, although it's still got a few issues (right-click menus in the tree in particular).

Since these panels were always neck-and-neck for the coveted "Worst Usability in IDEA" title, it's very good to see them getting positive attention. Good work.

--Dave Griffith

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except for the plugin manager now presents me odd versions, even those for 5.x :( I really wonder why this does not get fixed

Ex: Struts Plugin shows V0.84beta, although this is 5.x version (and not even the latest one) see http://plugins.intellij.net/plugin/?id=107

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The plug-ins panel is indeed much improved. There's room for more
improvement, though. The list of available plug-ins is still very
crowded and unattractive. While the window seems to remember its size
and position, it still doesn't remember how the splitter is positioned
or the widths set for the columns, which would help a lot. It remembers
which column it's sorted on, which is good, but it still doesn't
maintain a default secondary sort on the plug-in name, which is bad.

Dave Griffith wrote:

Something very odd happened to the Plugin panel in 5646. After three years with a somewhat whimsical relation to the art of user interface design, the Plugin panel suddenly became ...

clear, clean, informative, and pleasant to use. Nothing fancy or disturbing, just solid functionality solidly expressed.

This is both wonderful and disturbing, like finding out that an old enemy died in his sleep.

The Project Structure (previously Project Roots, previously Modules) panel is also much improved, although it's still got a few issues (right-click menus in the tree in particular).

Since these panels were always neck-and-neck for the coveted "Worst Usability in IDEA" title, it's very good to see them getting positive attention. Good work.

--Dave Griffith

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All (really) my collegues have made the same error:
They simply selected the plugin they wanted to install and pressed "Ok".
And - the plugin manager is closed (as expected) - but no plugin has
been installed....


Johannes Schneider

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The plug-ins panel is indeed much improved. There's
room for more
improvement, though. The list of available plug-ins
is still very
crowded and unattractive. While the window seems to
remember its size
and position, it still doesn't remember how the
splitter is positioned
or the widths set for the columns, which would help a
lot. It remembers
which column it's sorted on, which is good, but it
still doesn't
maintain a default secondary sort on the plug-in
name, which is bad.


Yes, I think it will be better if plugins are group by Category in a plugins tree

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Can you no longer update plug-ins, or am I missing something?

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The Plugins panel is much better than it's previous incarnation but I think it needs one more improvement: The list of Installed plugins should have a second column to show whether that plugin is up-to-date, needing an upgrade, or upgraded but IDEA not restarted. i.e. "Up-to-date", "New version available", "New version installed".

Ciao,
Gordon

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I'm also unhappy about the fact that installed plugins are removed from the list of available plugins. This way there's no possibility to take a look at a newer version before possibly downloading it.

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Hello Gordon,

Agree :)

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Anna Kozlova
JetBrains Inc.
http://www.intellij.com
"Develop with pleasure!"

The Plugins panel is much better than it's previous incarnation but I
think it needs one more improvement: The list of Installed plugins
should have a second column to show whether that plugin is up-to-date,
needing an upgrade, or upgraded but IDEA not restarted. i.e.
"Up-to-date", "New version available", "New version installed".

Ciao,
Gordon



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