[LAU] ZynAddSubFX Usability Survey

Thorsten Wilms self at thorstenwilms.com
Sat Apr 30 10:10:44 UTC 2016

On 29.04.2016 05:24, Mark D. McCurry wrote:
>> I do not see anything that would guide a user regarding the overall
>> structure of Zyn, it's all trees, no forest. From what I recall from my
>> brief look at that beast years ago, that's admittedly a tough job.

> Honestly I feel that this is more so a task for tutorials and
> documentation than for the UI itself.
> I've thought about integrating some light support for in app tutorials,
> e.g. a click-by-click walkthrough for a supersaw, but I don't think
> there will be enough development time in the short term.

If I would be tasked with designing a better GUI, my first steps would 
be developing an idea of the architecture and expressing it in a 
diagram, to have an overview of all the building blocks and how they 
connect. This may also highlight somewhat artificial restrictions. The 
names themselves should be scrutinized. Then I would look in how far the 
diagram can inform on-screen layout. Even in the worst case, it would 
still be a great asset for documentation.

Thorsten Wilms

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