I have decided that we can "go’ with Avogadro for the start of our
teaching term (October), and have started some preliminary
Great! I suspect we may have another release (0.9? 1.0?) before October.
This has given me a few ideas suggestions/queries.
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.
It is possible to turn off the “main toolbar.” Personally, I don’t
like it much either, and have considered turning it off by default in
the Mac build.
It’s fairly easy to make the toolbars re-appear, actually. In the
"Window" menu (on Mac) or Settings menu (Windows, Linux) you can make
these appear or disappear under the “Dock” submenu.
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?
I’m not sure about the menu commands, although it’s certainly possible
to add specific commands to appropriate tools. For example, it would
make sense to add the hydrogen building commands to the Draw tool.
Another change we’ll be adding sometime soon is a plugin manager. This
will allow you to customize which tools, display types, etc. will be
loaded. It will also add menu items for all tools and display types.
This should solve your issue with the Display Type area – you could
close it permanently and allow students to access them via the menu.
I also know that Marcus is planning an enhanced “full screen” mode
which would hide most of the tool palettes along the edges of the
screen. This would be a bit like iPhoto. (Since I know you’re a Mac
A display bug (0.8.1) overlays the caption ---- Debug information
---- directly over the instantaneous energy being reported in the
Do you use the debug information, or is this simply an issue of
"students will try everything?"
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?
This is one big reason for adding the plugin manager. It will make it
much easier to customize for student use.
Hope that helps,