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Falstaff
post Nov 22 2008, 23:59
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ColumnsUI & Panel Stack Splitter config for foobar2000 v0.9.4, v0.9.5 & v0.9.6



Beta testing by LondonMike & Soundsblast

First Release : 22/11/2008 23h34 GMT+1
Last Release : 06/12/2008
Current Version : 1.2a NEW!!

/// PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE GETTING MY CONFIG ///

ColumnsUI Config using Panel Stack Splitter gives Foobar2000 a kick ass look, but these configs are not recommended for newbies to Foobar2000, DefaultUI is a better choice if you don't know how to configure a component and if you don't know a little bit about titleformatting script used in Foobar

--- use at your own risk and matching your foobar capacities ---

/// CURACAO FILES ///

Get instructions (MUST BE READ), tutorials, files, extras here

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elenhil
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Please, take this as a piece of constructive criticism.

Browsing all your music the way it's implemented in this configuratuion is opposite to true usability. See: you have a global list.

First, the global list (given that it's all collapsed) consists of elements (boxes) with album art on the left and album artist and album title on the right (one above the other). That is, navigating through the list searching for a particular item the first thing a user (given he or she is not Asian or otherwise used to RTL layouts) sees is album art. Which, being a tiny 54px wide, is way too small to be really helpful in easily locating neither the album (even on lower display resolutions) nor (obviously) the artist, but nevertheless it occupies the most significant leftmost position in a line, where properly most important info should be located. So, in terms of search usability (not "eye-candiness") an album art like that is redundant and disturbing. Which it needn't have been, if only it could scale with the screen resolution (and possibly window size too) to keep a reasonable size.

Secondly, the whole config is coded to provide an artist title sorted list. Which is perhaps debatable. But let it be. Even if I agree to browse my library forcedly sorted by album artist, I (and I suppose most of the users) rarely listen to complete discographies. They listen to albums. So it's the albums they ultimately search for. But the first text line (and the first really helpful informative element) a user always sees is album artist's name, being topmost. Why? A user is looking for a particular album title, but the first thing that leaps to the eye (apart from album art) is album artist rather than album title. A piece of information, once the user gets to the artist in question, becomes absolutely redundant to the search. And to make things evem worse, it is aligned at the middle of the box, so that album title is not only below album artist, but lies at the bottom line of the box.

Which produces a sorry picture: of the three main potentially informative elements the single most and really important one - the album title - is placed in the least significant lower right position after two redundant and insignificant elements. That is absolutely contrary to true usabiliy. A user searching for an album, having located the artist in question, must then browse the list deliverately filtering two out of each three informative elements, and for no apparent reason. Which is to my eyes pure redundancy and info pollution. Which is non at all inevitable, just take a look at classical text list interfaces: once an intermediate category (say, album artist) is located, further information (sorted by other categories like album title) is presented without innecessary repetition of the higher catery (like in Windows Explorer, for example). And your way of presenting this is almost like an Explorer where each file name is forcedly preceded by a folder name. In my opinion, there is no way in of getting rid of this redundant repetition unless you rething the whole layout enabling a classical selective list browsing interface.

Thirdly, the whole library is made selectively accessible through an alphabetical index on top and a graphical album art index below. The alphabetical one fails to index non-latin characters, to begin with. But even having neglected many non-English speaking users (and those who simply listen to foreign music, too), it is still far from usability dealing with purely Latin character content, because picking a letter gets the list centered on the first artist name beginning with that letter. Centered, that is, there are lots of irrelevant lines in the upper half of the list which a user must skip to get to the artist in question, located at the center of the screen. It seemed to me a common practice to place the object of a link of such kind in the beginning (that is, top) of the output area, not its center, because the beginning is always clearly marked by edges, lines, borders, whatever (that is, the eye immediately knows where to focus), while the center is ambiguous with confusingly similar elements above and below and no reference point to focus attention to. It is almost like browsing a document, hitting page down and then trying to find where the beginning of that new page is! It is most stupid for a program to let it scroll half page instead of full page. All the more, it would have been most logical to produce the object of the link (the artist) right below the linking object itself (the alphabetical) index!

And the graphical album art list panel is, as I've already said, too small to be of real help. Plus, the shadowing effect forther reduces the legibility of these already not conspicuous enough pictures. While it is praisable that it tries to stay in sync with the current position in the main list, it does so by placing the selected album at the rightmost end of its line of covers! So it is a complete jumble: picking a letter from the alphabetic index on top you get the object placed in the center of the playlist and in the rightmost corner of the graphical cover list. While it would have been equally most logical to place it leftmost (and topmost in the main playlist panel), allowing the user to further navigate through the albums easily (from top to bottom in the playlist and from left to right in the graphical cover browser panel, making full use of both areas' space).

Once again, please, try to take this as a piece of constructive criticism.

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