[LAU] ZynAddSubFX Usability Survey

Kaj Ailomaa zequence at mousike.me
Fri Apr 29 16:29:27 UTC 2016

On Fri, Apr 29, 2016, at 05:37 PM, Paul Davis wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 11:24 AM, Mark D. McCurry
> <mark.d.mccurry at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > Personally I use zyn almost exclusively in a standalone sense, but there
> > is very clear demand for it in the context of a DAW plugin.
> > While there might be some standalone synths out there which make use of
> > multiple windows it seems to be very strongly discouraged to do so in
> > the context of a plugin.
> >
> From Apple's "Optimizing Audio Unit User Experience in Logic Studio"
> "For even better user interface integration, custom Audio Unit Views
> should
> refrain from using overlay windows and from opening sheets or auxiliary
> windows other than for file browsing. All user interface elements should
> be
> presented inside the root Audio Unit View by laying out its content
> dynamically and resizing as necessary. The host window listens to size
> change notifications and will adapt automatically."

This is what ardour does so well, and many other applications. It really
helps reducing complexity in handling the UI. Better to have shortcuts
(and buttons) for showing/hiding stuff in the UI, rather than having
them as different windows.

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