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0005286ardourbugspublic2013-01-22 00:04
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Status resolvedResolutionfixed 
Summary0005286: The track record buttons need simpler colors, please!
DescriptionWith the new flashy color-gradient design, it's very hard to see at a glance whether a track is disarmed, armed, or recording. Please give me back the ugly pink and firetruck red, because that was easy to see. :)

Ok, I can see how you might want it better looking than that, but when designing buttons, please bear in mind the following:
During tracking, the engineer is not always in front of her display, but might be eying it from an odd angle, where TFTs make colors very hard to discern.
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2013-01-21 13:36

administrator   ~0014523

should be much better in 13945, but you can always tweak this to match your own personal eye impairments:

Window > Theme Manager > Record Enable Button


2013-01-21 13:48

manager   ~0014527

good to know it's tweakable. however, it still suffers from what i call the yamaha disease: it's hard to know what the state the button is in unless you toggle it.

armed: two shades of red with gradient.
unarmend: two shades of red with gradient.
armed and recording: two shades of red with gradient.

specifically, the armed/unarmed contrast is too subtle. once it goes into writing, the deep red is pretty good visual confirmation, but it's the arming you need to see at a glance - this is where you lose takes. i usually realize it early on, but even so, it creates unnecessary stress for the artists.

suggestion: make the unarmed state plain gray, like the other buttons, maybe with a desaturated red dot.


2013-01-21 13:50

manager   ~0014528

oh, and while i'm nitpicking: the blinking master record button is very, very annoying, because the current shading makes it sort of jump up and down when it blinks.

just brain dumping here, i guess i should attempt to fix it myself (at last, an ardour problem within my grasp!) will try tomorrow.


2013-01-21 13:54

administrator   ~0014531

first of all, try this: rm ~/.config/ardour3/ardour3_ui.conf

you must remove this file whenever testing new system colors.


2013-01-22 00:04

manager   ~0014545

ah, thanks, much better! that fixes the issue for me. i still don't like the blinking transport record button, but i'm going to shut up about it until i've figured out how to tweak that myself. thanks for the speedy resolution!

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2013-01-20 12:03 nettings New Issue
2013-01-20 12:03 nettings cost => 0.00
2013-01-21 13:36 paul Note Added: 0014523
2013-01-21 13:36 paul Status new => feedback
2013-01-21 13:48 nettings Note Added: 0014527
2013-01-21 13:50 nettings Note Added: 0014528
2013-01-21 13:54 paul Note Added: 0014531
2013-01-22 00:04 nettings Note Added: 0014545
2013-01-22 00:04 nettings Status feedback => resolved
2013-01-22 00:04 nettings Resolution open => fixed