[LAD] User eXperience in Linux Audio

Harry van Haaren harryhaaren at gmail.com
Sat Apr 18 22:40:10 UTC 2015

Hi All,

As promised just at the closing ceremony of LAC, an email opening the
discussion of User Experience on Linux Audio. To all Developers,
please use this as a checklist and consider supporting each item. It
will improve the user experience.

1: Splash Screen
If an app takes more than one quarter of a second to open, use a
splash screen to give feedback. Feel free to contact me directly to
collaborate on a splash screen graphic if necessary. Ensure the splash
is shown immediately, before lengthy operations such as scanning for
files or loading content.

2: Presets
Synths and Effect plugins often provide presets - show a preset
selection "in" the main UI, or 1 click away. A fast way to browse
presets greatly enhances UX when searching for a sound. Ideally
support "scroll-wheel" interaction for changing presets.

3: Hotkeys
- Ctrl Q,  Quit
- Ctrl W, Close Project
- Ctrl S, Save
- Ctrl Shift S, Save As
- Escape, Context sensitive "close"

I'm aware most of the recommendations above are obvious, and that many
programs support these already.
Cheers, -Harry



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