I’ll reply to Henry’s message sometime this morning.
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I have decided that we can "go’ with Avogadro for the start of our
teaching term (October), and have started some preliminary
This has given me a few ideas suggestions/queries.
- There are essentially three areas students need to be familiar
(a) the little strip of 9 tools icons on the left, probably the
MOST useful (which, once floated and then closed cannot be re-
(b) several of the application menu items, ie build/add remove Hs,
or Extensions/mechanics/calculate energy
© The display types pane on the bottom left (which, once floated
and then closed cannot be re-instated?)
There is also a row of icons along the very top (new, open, etc)
which appear to be duplicates of the application file menu, and do
not really seem to serve a purpose? They can be hidden, but I do
not think they should appear by default? Is it possible to reset
the prefs to default? Once a pane is minimised, or closed, it can be
a trial to make it appear again.
I am wondering how much to explain, and it seemed that the two items
in (b) could be moved to the tools strip?, and that perhaps the
Display types, which occupies a lot of space, could also somehow be
made into a tool?
A display bug (0.8.1) overlays the caption ---- Debug information
---- directly over the instantaneous energy being reported in the
finally, some selections clearly fight eachother. Thus trying to
invoke the measure tool whilst auto-optimization is on produces a
rapidly and unreadable display of instantaneous measurements. Could
eg invoking this tool be made to automatically switch OFF the auto-
Overall, I feel Avogadro is rapidly becoming student usable, but the
menus are at the moment providing too much information for such
users, and a minimalist approach might be useful?
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