soas70xo impressions

Gary C Martin gary at
Tue Sep 29 13:01:52 EDT 2009

Hi Mikus,

On 29 Sep 2009, at 15:14, Mikus Grinbergs wrote:

> With now more exposure to it, I still do not like the new toolbar
> design.  The XO has a *small* display screen.  Now many Activity
> capabilities (such as 'Edit' in Terminal) can only be invoked from a
> secondary toolbar that drops down from the primary toolbar.  The two
> toolbars together take up a significant amount of XO screen real
> estate.  And each time the secondary toolbar needs to be shown or
> hidden, it takes one *extra* click (after me having to move the
> cursor off the part of the screen that I was doing my work on).

Just a quick hint that you do not need to click if you don't want to.  
The secondary toolbars hover expose (or right click if you want them  
instantly), in this mode they work just like any palette menu, taking  
up no canvas space, forcing no canvas redraw.

I would argue your 'significant amount of XO screen real estate' is a  
rather large exaggeration ;-)

Here's a quick screen shot comparison for the worst case when you have  
a secondary toolbar locked open to the canvas. On a 1200x900 display,  
two layers of toolbars is only an extra ~30 pixels, and you have the  
choice of not locking open the secondary toolbar (especially for edit,  
just use the keyboard shortcuts), gaining you an extra ~40 vertical  
pixels of canvas space.

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