Tuesday, July 26, 2011

GSoC: Stage, slides management. Update 3

Hello KDE Planet!. I've passed the mid-term evaluation and my project is progressing in good shape. So I start by thanking my mentor T. Zachmann, and Jean-Nicolas A for their valuable guidance during my work.
Returning to my project, this time I want to introduce the interface to create alternative presentations or custom slide shows.  

As I am a bit lazy to write a detailed description of the changes, I present the most relevant in a short video:


As you can see the slide sorter view also has experienced some changes since the last time I wrote, and I have implemented many of the suggestions made ​​in some comments on the previous post. As always I expect new suggestions on how to improve my work. So feel free to comment.

For those who want, all these changes are already in the main development branch of Calligra, so they can be tested by anyone and you can help me reporting any bugs you find.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

GSoC 2011: Calligra Stage Project an update

Hello planet!. Sorry, I don't write very often, but now I finally found time to present a short summary of the progress on my project. By the time I worked in the slide sorter of Calligra Stage, implementing new features and refactoring some code. Here is a video showing some new features which I have been working on (a video is better than a description of the work and save me writing time :) )


I welcome your comments and suggestions... until the next progress report ...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

GSoC 2011: Improve of slides management in Calligra Stage. An introduction

Calligra Stage
Hello KDE Planet! 

I am Paul, and I study computer science. I will work this GSoC on Calligra Stage (http://www.calligra-suite.org/stage/). Stage is the presentation application of Calligra Suite. 
As you know an important part in a Presentation application are tools for the management of slides (I mean those that let you manage your slides represented by thumbnails). 
The aim of my project is to improve the usability and consistency of three of these tools, which despite having different goals can share a lot of functionality. These tools are the docker in the normal view (at right of the first screenshot), the slides sorter view and the dialog that allows you to create custom presentations.

Some of the features that I plan to add include full support for drag&drop (this feature is currently present only in the slides sorter view, and lets you select one slide at a time), buttons to select the slides in a Dolphin style (the green + or red – button on the thumbnails), support for zoom, contextual menus, among others.
An important part of my work will be the rewrite of the tool for create custom presentations, which I expect will greatly improve usability (I will discuss the details in a future posts).

Finally, I expect your suggestions, what other aspects of the UI of these tools would you like to see changed and how?

Until the next post ... and good luck to everybody working on their GSoC  projects!