User:PeterSampson/Sand-Box Stuck-in-a-mode bear-traps
- Discoverability is our Audacity watch-word.
- We should aim to make things as simple and straightforward as possible for the naive, inexperienced and infrequent users - and expect users to be able to discover and enable advanced features.
- To that end we should aim to make the advanced features as "discoverable" as possible and not "hide" them.
- 1 Vertical Zoom
- 2 Scrub Ruler
- 3 Scrubbing/Seeking
- 4 Tools toolbar
- 5 Aliased (external) audio files
- 6 Overdub (on by default)
- 7 Type to create a label
- 8 Show metadata tags before export
- 9 LAME
- 10 FFmpeg
- 11 Custom shortcuts
- 12 Fragmented project data
- 13 Orphan block files
It is quite common for users to activate vertical zoom by inadvertently clicking in the vertical ruler - and then being unable to understand how to restore normal vertical zoom
Short term amelioration
Two modes for for VZoom 1) Simple: no left-click zoom, right-click delivers a context menu 2) Advanced/Expert: left-click zoom-in and range zoom via drag as 2.2.1 and earlier, right-click delivers a context menu Simple to be the default setting
Long term improvement
Consider a VZoom bar
It's far too easy for the unwary to inadvertently click in the Scrub Ruler and get stuck in Scrubbing (see below).
Should be off by default.
Scrubbing is easily "discoverable" via the [[menu|Transport}} menu - amd the Scrub Ruler is "discoverable" and capable of being turned on inor via the Timeline context menu.
Consider removing it altogether - we don't need three ways to invoke scrubbing
We have three ways of invoking scrub/seek: Transport menu, Scrub Ruler and Scrub Toolbar.
None of them invokes a form of scrubbing familiar to users of other audio or video editors - and it is easy to get stuck, harder to escape from
Redesign (and simplify) the GUI - make it so that releasing the mouse action for scrubbing just stops the scrub - rather than leaving you adrift ib scrub mode.
Too easy to click the buttons unknowingly,
Worse still, the shortcuts for switching tools in the Tools toolbar are all single keystrokes F1 though F6 (plus A and D when Full set is selected) which makes it far to easy for the inexperienced user to press these and not understand why their view of the waveform has changed and why stuff doesn't work.
Aliased (external) audio files
With the larger disk sizes available today it would be preferrable if we could always copy in uncompressed audio data like WAV files/
If always copied in we could lose Preferences>Projects
We do already have copy in as the default option.
Overdub (on by default)
Newbies usually don't need overdub turned on (unless they are very bold and start our straight off doing multi-track overdubbing).
Although we are a "Multi-track editor" - overdubbing is a somewhat advanced piece of functionality.
Turn overdub off by default.
Type to create a label
Too easy to inadvetentlt crate a label with this.
Inchecked "on'" should not be the default.
In Preferences>Import/Export - folk often don't know how to turn it off
an off switch in the metadata dialog on export
A lot of folk still have trouble locating it - and Buanzo's site has nasty misleading ads with BGBs
Now that the patents have expired we should be able to integrate LAME.
A lot of folk still have trouble locating it
GUI is a mess.
- Click on the command entry
- then you have to click on (or tab to) the input box
- type your chosen shortcut (and deal with conflicts if necessary)
The big problem is that the user (Peter: often me included) mistakenly think that"does what it says on the tin" and makes the setting - bot not you have to us OK to set the set (If you just X out of the dialog after step 4 you lose your setting(s) made in that dialog session).
Fragmented project data
Many users try to ope the .au files - many users lose data through renames and other, external to Audacity, manipulations.
Solution - Unitary Project
Orphan block files
We shouldn't really be getting thses - but when we do users are confused about the courses of action offered to them.