Re: Guide 8 - Goto Menu

Dave Feb 13, 2012

Hi Bill;

It's not that I prefer the Windows style, it's just that I wasn't sure if that's the way it was supposed to be or if I had something wrong, since it displayed differently on Win XP and Win 7. I have no objections to the way the information is displayed. Actually, you answered another question I was going to ask, and that was the meaning of the different colors. I've been using Guide since version 2 and have seen many improvements over the years. Keep up the good work.


--- In, Bill J Gray <pluto@...> wrote:
> Hi Dave,
> That's not a bug; that's a feature.
> Sorry to hear you prefer the former "go to" style. I switched
> over for several reasons. I wanted to be able to color each item
> (red if it's below the horizon; yellow if it's within ten degrees
> of the horizon; green if it's more than ten degrees above the
> horizon). The switch made most of the lists text-searchable;
> for example, you can hit 'M' to bring up the Messier list, then
> hit '51' and Enter, and Guide finds M-51. You can also click on
> "Mess", "Type", "Const", "RA", etc. to get the list sorted
> by Messier number, object type, constellation, right ascension,
> and so forth.
> I was able to make other improvements specific to different
> types of objects. The "Go To Planet" option, for example, now
> can give you some quick information about where the planets are,
> and can list the planetary satellites in a somewhat more logical
> fashion.
> The only real drawback is that it no longer looks very Windows-ish.
> And that _is_ a concern; I don't break away from the "standard"
> Windows look-and-feel randomly. It's usually convenient for people
> to be able to say: "Oh, I know how to use this; it looks just
> like it does in most of the software I run." Probably the most
> common complaint I get about Guide is that it's not sufficiently
> Windows-ish.
> In this particular case, though, staying Windows-ish would have
> meant giving up a lot. I've just tried to make sure that at least
> it fits in with the way in which other parts of Guide work
> (ephemerides, lists of events, the Help system, and so forth.)
> -- Bill