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Few minor suggestions to improve DUI aesthetic
post Feb 25 2013, 18:36
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I recently switched over from using Columns UI to the better combination of Default UI + Facets & SimPlaylist - really an eye opening improvement in almost every way. There are just a few things in the looks department preventing absolute perfection, so thought I'd mention some ideas I'd like to see, however unlikely they might be. wink.gif

Firstly, a picture to illustrate. (Left: The current look with Aero. Right: A mock-up to spot the difference) -

1) Option to remove the 1px grey edge borders from elements -

Tabs are traditionally supposed to blend in with their contents, but these are thwarted by the 1px border around every element. Columns UI (and some other components) have an option for "Edge Style: None", and I would dearly love to see the same for all Default UI elements. I think it would help the entire layouts to look cleaner. (Not sure how annoying it would be to implement, though - is it possible?)

(I realize the screenshot is showing Facets & SimPlaylist, but the same applies to default Album List and other elements, etc. I put the suggestion to the Facets guy as well, but then realized the idea would be for naught unless foobar itself had the same option for consistency).

2) Option to set toolbar background color/image -

We have the Customize Toolbar Button preferences already - I wonder if a check box could be added there to choose a custom toolbar background color, for both the toolbar and command menus? Win7 uses the above strange pale blue/purple by default, and the only way to change it is to hack the DLLs to apply a different visual style. And I know this is more a Microsoft issue, but even so, I'd love to be able to make the toolbar match the rest of the layout so easily - seeing you can customize practically everything else, it seems natural. (Again, not sure how possible it would be).

Lastly just a couple minor things that caught my eye...

3) Add 2px padding to the Tabs element -

As in the picture above, the top of the (non-Playlist) Tabs element meshes with the Toolbar, making a thicker and less appealing grey line. Meanwhile the top of the Playlist Tabs have some padding and look better for it. I wonder if you could give the top most Tab sets the same amount of top padding to their background, say 2px. (See right picture above)

4) Add a space to the Statusbar volume text -

As this appears to be hard-coded, perhaps simply adding a space before the "dB" for consistency with the output from %replaygain_track_gain% and %replaygain_album_gain% tags?

Thanks for your time. I know these are obviously minor requests in the grand scheme of foobar2000, but I figure, what the heck. This program is such a great way to organize and listen to music, and gives me much enjoyment every single day, so cheers for that. cool.gif
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