Alternative GUI for FreeCAD: Overlayed Layout (Devs needed)

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Re: Alternative GUI for FreeCAD: Overlayed Layout (Devs needed)

Postby Kunda1 » Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:55 pm

polymer wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:21 pm
They should. So many unnecessary stuff is going on in the FreeCAD community, so many things go in a wrong direction and this topic is dying...
Let now 'should' on each other, aye? ;)
Unnecessary is a pretty subjective term. Unnecessary to you, interesting and necessary enough to a developer who decides to codes it.

FreeCAD is patient and doesn't mind in regards to market share or trendy shiniest new thingies. It's done when't it's done.

So we keep bumping until someone gets captivated enough, again 8-)
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Re: Alternative GUI for FreeCAD: Overlayed Layout (Devs needed)

Postby Kunda1 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:24 pm

Bumpity-bump
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Re: Alternative GUI for FreeCAD: Overlayed Layout (Devs needed)

Postby zohozer » Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:50 pm

Yeah, bumpy/bump. Seems that there are no developers anymore for the UI of the FreeCAD, and if FreeCAD needs something is an usable interface.

Maybe will be a good idea that all the developers to take a break from developing fancy new tools and focus a little bit on creating a working interface!

Something similar has happened with Blender. After being criticised for years that Blender have the most unintuitive interface between all the 3D softwares, the developers focused more on UI until they finally fixed with the release of Blender 2.8.

Developers, please just take a look on how other CAD softwares are working and pick one of them, whatever you wish because all of them have a much better interface, and just copy! I used a lot of different CAD and CAM softwares over the years, but FreeCAD have the worst interface of them all! It is just frustrating that not even basic tools can't be found without the need to switch between a gazillion of freaky "workbenches". Any developer wants to develop his own "workbench". No other software have useless "workbenches" and frankly I don't have an elephant memory to remember which tool is in which workbench. Just unite all this useless "workbenches" into a single usable one and make a great interface.
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Re: Alternative GUI for FreeCAD: Overlayed Layout (Devs needed)

Postby zohozer » Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:00 pm

Par example, any other CAD software know how to properly use a mouse, ofering a lot of options for customisation and even some of them having an option to launch commands using one of the mouse buttons. In freeCAD the only option you have is that the right mouse button it is offering a popup menu for choosing "Navigation style"! Com-on, it is this a joke! The options from this popup needs to be into the setting and the RMB to be used for something else more useful and productive. Like this one Image

or like this one:

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or like this one:

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https://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2016/ ... rtcut-bar/

or like this:

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http://deelip.com/alibre-design-2012-new-user-interface

for example. And list can go on and on, because all the other CAD softwares have an usable pop-up menu for the mouse. FreeCAD being the exception.

IMHO seems that the developers of the FreeCAD are living into a bubble and never-ever touched a single other piece of CAD software in their lives besides FreeCAD. Other explanation, frankly I don't have how they can use this unusable piece of software!

Sorry if I am harsh, but over the years I tried a lot of times to pick-up FreeCAD and I just can't because of the interface, and my frustration is on the roof. And unfortunately in so manny years absolutely nothing changed regarding the interface.
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Re: Alternative GUI for FreeCAD: Overlayed Layout (Devs needed)

Postby chrisb » Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:41 pm

zohozer wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:00 pm
Sorry if I am harsh
That's no problem, we stay relaxed and wait for your pull request.
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Re: Alternative GUI for FreeCAD: Overlayed Layout (Devs needed)

Postby carlopav » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:14 am

Hello zohozer, also if you are not a developer, you can take some time to explain with more precision your proposal, which workbench you'd like to be improved (or also what should be contained in what you call a unique workbench), and which workflow you are used to. Unless you do that, your right complaint will stay unlistened.
I also founded workbenches strange at the beginning, but now I found they are - also if often inconsistent - a really easy and powerful way to speed up development of this software.
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Re: Alternative GUI for FreeCAD: Overlayed Layout (Devs needed)

Postby zohozer » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:57 am

Ok, I will come with a proposal in this weekend. Cheers.
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Re: Alternative GUI for FreeCAD: Overlayed Layout (Devs needed)

Postby Kunda1 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:45 pm

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