[LAU] ZynAddSubFX Usability Survey
len at ovenwerks.net
Fri Apr 29 14:34:12 UTC 2016
On Thu, 28 Apr 2016, david wrote:
>> Agreed, I'm generally a resident of the Knob Universe and now I have the
>> data to show that people who like to reply to the survey tend towards
>> that side as well.
> For some reason, I find sliders easier to operate, physically and onscreen,
> but I like knobs for some functions. I find onscreen knobs less easy to
> operate. Guess I'm weird.
In my opinion... knobs and sliders should operate the same. The mouse
moves in a straight line either sideways or vertical. For the same size
screen area, a knob can probably _show_ a finer resolution that a slider,
maybe 3 to 1 -ish? In other words, the widget's most important goal is to
show the control's position. The mouse movement to change that control can
be independant of that. One of the early sequencers I used (on an Atrari)
just had the numeric value as a widget. Holding the mouse button down and
moving it up or down adjusted the value. (sideways may have worked too,
but it has been a while :) This did (on such a low resolution screen)
allow a very tight control packing.
My favourite knobs are operated with either/or right to left, down to up.
There is also no reason a horizontal slider needs to be locked to only
horizontal mouse movement or a vertical slider to only vertical movment.
(don't knock it till you've used it for a month)
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