[LAD] User eXperience in Linux Audio

Louigi Verona louigi.verona at gmail.com
Wed Apr 22 12:47:41 UTC 2015

Sure. This was only an example. It could have been any other feature or GUI

On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 3:43 PM, Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com>

> On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 6:05 AM, Louigi Verona <louigi.verona at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Linux Audio packages are plagued by reasons that are relevant to the
>> developer, but which should be irrelevant to the user.
>> I don't care if dev thinks knobs are a bad idea, I want a knob and not a
>> text field, because it is easier to use on stage.
>> I don't care if dev has a technical reason to have a text field instead
>> of a knob. I need a knob, because it is easier to use on stage.
> Just one little note here. Back in 2001, I read an article in the US
> Keyboard magazine that made a strong case for stopping the use of
> skuomorphic GUIs (knobs etc) for a variety of reasons. It wasn't written by
> a software developer, but a musician. He was bemoaning how limited GUIs for
> audio software were because of their attempt to present things that look
> like hardware controls.
> So mileage may vary here. There are users with very different workflows,
> ideas, needs and backgrounds, and some of them don't want knobs. They could
> of course be a tiny minority and developers might be better off ignoring
> them. But it isn't true that "text fields => developer centric", "knobs =>
> user centric".

Louigi Verona
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