Starting to get used to the backgrounds in VL, which are very helpful for organising our huge VL patches.
I noticed a few things about those and would just like to give some feedback for further improvements. Backgrounds have existed in Grasshopper since forever, so they act as a benchmark, even though they are far from perfect.
Moving both the background and contained nodes is very handy for organising large patches, but 2 things need to be improved for it to be really helpful: a) the area for selecting the background to move the nodes as well (the color selector) is just too small when zooming out. At a certain zoom level you just can’t grab the background any longer, but just keep resizing it. The click-area for that should be somewhat independent of zoom. b) It needs to be possible to grab more than one background at a time. Otherwise moving around larger chunks of multiple areas is impossible.
The color selector is okay - its the standard vvvv IOBox style. But dare I say its not very user friendly. I always have to try all combinations of right-click and drag up/down, left/right, add shift, add ctrl… till I get the desired result. What happened to a good old color picker like they already had in Windows 95? I actually find it quickest to just type the values, which seems ridicolous when selecting something as visual as a color.
Since its kind of hard to pick colors you end up just using white backgrounds everywhere, which kind of defeats the purpose of having the option of colors. I would like to have a basic set of colors, say 16, which I can pick. They should be rather light, a bit like you get different colored sticky notes. Then I could actually use different colors to mean different things, like “working”, “needs fixing”, “WIP”, etc. Right now I have written a few values for colors on a post it on my monitor which I have to enter every time. There has to be a better way…
Titles are great and I love that they are pretty big. But I think the titles should auto-break or at least handle linebreaks (added with Shift-Enter) gracefully. Right now it does:
So, hopefully backgrounds get some improvements. I think better selection of the background+contents for example by draggin on the title rather then the color field would be great. And a better/proper color picker with either predefined colors or a way to add custom colors. Doesn’t windows have a native color picker that can be used? I know Mac has that.
Here is the native color picker I am referring to:
Thanks for considering.