[mythtv-users] RANT: MythTV has a *horrible* end user experience.
gull at gull.us
Mon Feb 25 18:16:14 UTC 2008
On Feb 25, 2008, at 4:55 AM, Peter Schachte wrote:
> Greg Estabrooks wrote:
>>> Any controls that require pushing number keys on the remote for
>>> should not be allowed. There's no reason all menus shouldn't be
>> I'm unaware of any that require you to push a number key, except
>> for arbitrary FFW or REW. (like 5 FFW to ffw by 5 minutes).
> Perhaps the OP was thinking of things like ripping DVDs (press 0 to
> start the
> rip, 9 to cancel) and MythMusic (press 3 to edit the playlist, etc.).
The problem here is the plugins often don't follow user interface
conventions established in the main Myth interface.
IMHO MythMusic ought to use the O key to pop up an overlay menu for
these items, like the internal player does. It would be OK to keep
the number keys as shortcuts but there should be a more conventional
way to do things. Many of the internal player's array of key bindings
actually are shortcuts to items that are in the O menu, which is
useful to know if you have a remote without very many buttons. Things
like commercial auto-skip and time stretch can be toggled from the menu.
Another problem with the plugins is inconsistent font sizes. When
MythMusic *does* pop up a menu the buttons are usually too small to
read on my TV.
I know the next response will be "write a patch" but UI programming in
X windows is a bit of a black art, and one that I don't really know.
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