Large List of Suggestions and Requests for PhotoLine UI

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Large List of Suggestions and Requests for PhotoLine UI

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Here is separate special thread of my Suggestions and Requests related only to PhotoLine User Interface.

It's up to developers to accept those suggestions or not. One request per post. Please keep this thread free from spam and abstract non technical discussions.
To make this thread compact and easy to read, please delete posts with already fixed problems and mark them "..."
I will keep track global log of fixed problems in "[Legacy] Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI and Tools" https://www.pl32.com/forum3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6297

UI icons redesign.
:arrow: Please Follow my PhotoLine UI Icons Customization Project based on SF Apple Symbols icons here: https://www.pl32.com/forum3/viewtopic.p ... 2&start=15
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Current PhotoLine icons still far from perfect and looks very random. Some have very basic pixel look, some use gradients and dull shades. Due legacy drop shadow effect a lot of icons are off-centered. There is also completely different Icons group inside some adjustments tools. Take a look at other apps, they take huge amount of attention to UI and icons.
Just refresh existing icons with slightly bolder and crisper look. For example last reference from macOS 10.16 Big Sur with rounder corners and bolder lines looks nice https://photo2.tinhte.vn/data/attachmen ... image.jpeg
In some situations monochrome icons may look less readable. Color icons may provide better visual representation of tool functionality and usually easier to locate and separate by human eye. The problem is not in color or monochrome icons but in icons style. For example take a look at Blender or Cinema 4D icons https://i.ytimg.com/vi/91wGj87ZmzE/maxresdefault.jpg They use simple but very nice looking colored icons that fells like part of the UI style, but not as a separate random images. Icon colors are not randomly selected but work as additional visual indicators. Each color represents a group of similar specific tools. Quality icons design is rather complicated and time consuming task. Formally icons are only cosmetic improvement that almost don't affect application usability but consumes huge amount of time for drawing.
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI

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:arrow: Request for Auto hide bottom status bar at Fullscreen mode. Something like:
View -> Hide status Bar in Fullscreen

PhotoLine needs some additional real Fullscreen mode that will just show image on grey background. This is essential option for any image editor or image viewer.
Suggested modes switch:
1. "Normal working" window mode.
2. "Working" Fullscreen mode (visible menubar, status bar and panels)
3. "Viewer" Fullscreen mode (menubar, status bar and panels are hidden. Only image on grey background is visible)

By the way, David Haden in his mini review articles also notice the lack of real Fullscreen mode
https://sketchbooky.wordpress.com/2020/ ... -a-keeper/

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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI

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:arrow: Double click (or right click, or middle click) on any slider handle to reset it to default.
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI

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In Color selection HSV and Grayscale mode black located at the top and white located at the bottom. Sort of flipped. Most apps (as well as Curves tool in PhotoLine) usually use black at the bottom. RGB gradient direction is also flipped.
Also color selection area could be larger in size (flexible window or fixed window sizes settings) for more precise color selection.
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI

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Mac OS UI. Option to switch Dark Mode (including window toolbars and menus) independently of global OS UI settings mode.
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI

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How about to change points in Curves tool to same friendly round look? Round darker points look better and also way better visible than green rectangle points. Something like this or this:
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI

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How about to replace signs in Exposure and Curves tools with text names to match all other tools logic. It is way simpler to see text near control than always hover icon to see tool tip text.

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Suggested:
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI

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Please change browser tree icons to smaller native pixel perfect size on macOS.
current size:
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suggested size:
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI

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Match appearance of "auto mode for all channels" view to "single channel" view. Currently histogram areas covered with colored huds are slightly hard to see, especially green color.
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Suggested:
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI

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Option for 100% no border frame around image. There are situations when it is critical to see original mage on background without any additional border frame. Also that jumping blurry pixel line border is really distracting.
Something like this in settings could be very useful:
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Example of the problem:
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By the way, that border line glitch became way more visible when activated Pixel Mode.
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI

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Extend Transform arrow handle active area to all object edges instead of single point in the middle of each edge.
Use more user friendly, position dependent transform/rotate handle cursors.
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI

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Option to autohide handles during object movement.
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI

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Mac OS UI. When tools windows arranged to two vertical columns there is a overlapped drop shadow from window between them.
Is it possible to make them snap one to other without that distracting shadow in between?
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI

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UI idea for more user friendly Auto Correction Clipping Level input:
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Autoupdate image in real time when change Auto Correction Clipping Level values also may be very useful.
Something like this:
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI

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Here are some sketch ideas for more transparent and lightweight transform controls and more lightweight and precise Center Rotation Point icon (with fully visible center point at pixel level). Also i guess separate size preferences for handles and Center Rotation Point may be useful. For example here is better visible Center Rotation Point 13 px size and handles 9px size.
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