This new build includes some dialog UI improvements I have been wanting to make for a long time. I have really grown to like the simplicity of the CVS commit dialog and have heard comments many times about the general usability difference between the CVS plug-in and Subclipse. So the intent here is to close the gap some more and incorporate some of the same UI while maintaining the Subclipse features that we can. Here is a fairly complicated example that shows most of the features:
There are a few of major changes.
- The dialog uses a wizard-style UI which is pretty common in Eclipse. This gives us a chance to include a graphic and just generally make the dialog look better.
- The presentation of files has changed from a table with checkboxes to the more friendly and graphical mode that CVS uses. There are three presentation models to choose from.
- Because we no longer have a table to show data and text we needed a way to show when there are Subversion property changes. We are using a second decorator to do this. Currently we only use this in these dialogs, there are no plans to do this in Eclipse views.
- The biggest change is that you now have to right-click and use Remove from view to not commit something. You used to be able to uncheck a check-box.
I think everyone will agree the dialog looks better. I think where there might be some controversy is in how you decide to not commit a certain file. This new approach is definitely optimizing for the scenario where you typically commit everything in the dialog. Users that work mostly from the Synchronize view, as an example, should really like this better.
Personally, I find this approach more usable. Even though it is a little more difficult to right-click and remove something than it was to uncheck it, the fact that the item no longer shows up in the view makes it more obvious what is going to be committed.
The Revert and Lock dialogs got the same treatment:
Other dialogs like Switch and Create Branch/Tag also received the new wizard look. Please give these builds a try and let me know what you think. The best places to reply would be the Subclipse users@ mailing list or in the issue tracker for this issue 682.