users have diffuculty discerning the workflow in Valentina
Count me as one… For comparison purposes - Due to a TV deadline, I had to learn the basics of Adobe Premiere in about 30 mins. It took me a few days to figure out what Valentina does and sometimes “where” to find “it”.
It’s not just a case of how things are worded - like “fields” vs “margins”, but the some what non conventional menu layout (and some shortcuts) that can be confusing as well. For example one should not expect to find an “Export as…” sub menu in the File->Layout menu… along with Print sub menus. There should be File->Print and File->Export with appropriate sub menus as necessary. There should be a top level “Edit” menu (vs “Pattern Piece”) for things you edit like
Edit-> New Pattern Piece | Undo,Redo,Delete, Find, Rename | Preferences
and a top level “View” menu like:
View-> Zoom In, Zoom Out, Zoom to Fit, Zoom to Selected,Zoom 10% … Zoom 400% | Show Spline Details,Show Tool Options,Show Toolbars > Modes,Pattern,Status,Tools | History, Variables Table.
The “Close Pattern” item should be in the “File” menu as you are closing the file/project. Usually you put close menu item in the “Window” menu only if you are closing a particular window or if the program supports multiple open projects - like different pictures in Photoshop. I could also see a future “Insert” menu…
Insert->New Pattern Piece, Grain Line, Text Dart, etc,etc
as well as
Tool-> Editing Tool >Point,Line,Curve,Arc,Elliptical Arc,Operations,Add Details,Layout, Last Used Tool | Some New Tools
Besides some wording issues and menu structure, I’ve also found some consistency issues that might be confusing to some… For Ex: “Type of line:”, “Pen style:”, and “Line type:”… it may be different depending on what tool is used and whether it’s displayed in the “Tool Options” window, or accessed via the right mouse button->options. I’ve also discovered that there’s a slight bug with the way the display of the Pen Style drop down box fails to display properly in some cases… which is related to the of difference in labeling because of the way some tools are added to option displays in the code. In the short term it’s an easy fix. In the long run I’d rewrite and consolidate the way tools are added to the option displays so that 1)There is less code (I use to code a lot in assembly and a stickler for efficiency) 2)Define the [box] label strings as a variable so it’s defined once, not every time it’s cut and pasted.
As far as “Detail(s)” goes… I’d at least change the button in the left pane to read “Add Detail” to distinguish it from the “Details” toolbar button.
As far as the Wikidocs … the docs are easy to correct - it’s not like sifting through a 100 source pages to find where to change a word or two.
Videos… programs become obsolete and at some point a new Ver might need a new video, but in the meantime one could possibly use a CC (close captioning) file or a Call-to-Action Overlay on youtube videos to note a change in the UI usage.