Module UI in 992

Hi folks. With all the battering 992 is taking, I wanted to post and say
that the UI for Modules in 992 is definitely improving, and wanted to say
that JetBrains is definitely on the right path. Ok I might not like the
pretty colors in the titles, and I find the titles still a little too big
for my tast (referring to the left pane list of content directories), but
it's a lot better than the game console look and feel that existed before.

The icons for it are also a huge improvement, though they're a little
different in quality from the ones found in the IDE interface itself.
It's like there's a new designer on staff or something, perhaps the
designers got new tools, or the designers are getting better... who knows,
but at some point it looks like the whole IDE's look and feel is going to
have to be reviewed to match. I don't know how that's going to sit with
people reviewing the software :)

Keep up the good work. Wish I could do more work in 992 than I am doing
now. Still trying to find a way to run a simple webapp. oh well.

R

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Yeah, I noticed a difference in icon quality too. Time for a refresh of the main toolbar icons?

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I totally agree. The new module UI looks much better than before. And I like the new icons very much.

Only the AppServer icon is somewhat too clumsy. Especially in the project panel it takes too much space.

Unfortunately I couldn't enjoy the improvements for a long time, since I had to switch back to build 977 in order to get my webapps working again...

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The buttons look better now than the previous links, but do not solve
the usability problem, because they are not available from keyboard.

There is a general rule: toolbar buttons (aka buttons that do not have a
mnemonic assigned and can not be focused) need a menu counterpart. Since
a dialog does not contain a menu bar, toolbar buttons are not allowed there.

Tom

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Of course you're right. But before it had a usability problem and looked bad. Now it only have a usability problem. Sort of an improvement, isn't it? :)

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Thomas Singer wrote:

The buttons look better now than the previous links, but do not solve
the usability problem, because they are not available from keyboard.



I'm also a keyboard-fanatic, but this is the one location in IDEA where
I'm ready to sacrifice this "all-thru-the-keyboard" principle for
clarity and expressiveness. This is a rarely visited place, after all.

Alain

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What's wrong with using focusable buttons and adding mnemonics? This
would not reduce the clarity and expressiveness in any kind.

Tom

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Thomas Singer wrote:

What's wrong with using focusable buttons and adding mnemonics? This
would not reduce the clarity and expressiveness in any kind.



I was referring to the old buttons-vs-links discussion.

Alain

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