I am thankful to you all for providing me this opportunity to contribute to the Navigation Widget Project as a part of GSoC 2013.
I am really excited for the project and have developed some preliminary designs for the Navigation Widget. I would like you to have a look at the attached designs and provide me some suggestions/feedback so that the designs can be further improved. Meanwhile I will be working on some alternate designs for the widget.
The file attached contains the designs for the following widgets.
Zoom/Tilt Bars: Used to control the Zoom Level and Tilt. This may or may not be used for tilt if the control is provided by another widget like the Look Widget.
Compass Widget: Can be used for Pan View and Rotate View.
Look Widget: Can be used for Rotate View and Tilt View.
Display Widget: Can be used to display important information during transformations.
The complete Navigation Widget will consist of some combination of these widgets since multiple options for a single control may induce redundancy.
Following are some of my thoughts about the design:
- The Circles in the Zoom/Tilt Bars look much better than the Rounded Squares.
- Version 2 in the Compass Widget is much cleaner than version 1 but compromises on the discrete click control made possible by the arrows.
- It would be good to give a rotary feedback/control for rotation hence version 2 for Look Widget might be better.
- A Display Widget can be a good option to increase the usability however can be replaced by Tool-tip.
I would appreciate any suggestions/feedback for the designs so that it would be possible for me to incorporate the new information into the further designs.
Widget Designs v1.pdf (60.4 KB)