[openbeos] Re: ShowImage

  • From: Simon Taylor <simontaylor1@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 21:37:35 +0000

> Selon Tyler Dauwalder <tyler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> 
> > On 2003-11-21 at 09:45:46 [-0800], Jonas Sundstrom wrote:
> > > Has anybody asked if we could use Daniel Switkins ImageViewer?
> > > It's closed-source at the moment.
> > > 
> > > IIRC, it's one of the few real top quality BeOS apps.
> > > 
> > > I don't mean to disregard the effort of those who have worked and 
> > > do
> > > work on our ShowImage, but perhaps there is still some work to be 
> > > saved
> > > if we get to "borg" Daniel's app.
> > 
> > Have you had a look at our ShowImage lately? It's really quite 
> > nice, IMO, 
> > not to mention very nearly complete. And I think it now has most of 
> > the 
> > additional features found in ImageViewer, anyway. :-)
> > 
> I haven't tried it yet, but I've been told it is much more evolved 
> than 
> the R5 one.
> One thing I think we should have though is what the "Dano" version 
> added,
> the "slice" stuff.
> Basically it is about adding rectangular named selections on the 
> image 
> (toggled by a menu item (decorate)), that is then saved in a 
> imagefilename.slice file, as a flattened BMessage.
> Its main use seems to be the creation of decors fr Dano, but I 
> succesfully 
> used it to create HTML imagemaps, and I think that could be a handy 
> tool
> for that, we could have an "export to imagemap" menu item, and extend 
> the 
> thing to more than rectangles maybe.
> 
> François.

Can I just add a quick feature-creep warning here. The stuff that's 
been added sounds good (zooming, slideshow, etc) - but lets not forget 
what the app is: "ShowImage" - a simple BeOS image viewer. Lets not go 
down the linux road of constant new features that, somebody, somewhere, 
thought would be cool. The next one will have transitions between 
slides, then allowing you to add text on top of images, and then the 
next version that lets you animate that text, and then something to let 
you export as Flash, followed by the HTML image splitter....

BeOS is all about small, focused apps that work really well for the job 
they are designed to do.

Remember guys, new features can be good... but adding 100 new features 
doesn't make your app 100 notches better than before.

Simon

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