UI question: using nitrogens in ribbon engine

I just made my first commit to avogadro svn (yay!) to add support for
optionally using nitrogen atoms found in a protein backbone in the
ribbon engine rendering. At first I was going to just have it use the
nitrogens all the time, but although it seems to make the ribbon a bit
more accurate it also makes them less smooth. So, on to my real
question. Right now I just have a checkbox in the ribbon engine
configuration dialog with the text “Nitrogens” next to it, but that
feels a bit unintuitive. Would something like “Use nitrogens:” be
better? Any other suggestions?

-Jordan

I don’t know much about ribbons but if its an alternate thing; ie. You use nitrogrens OR you use something else then it should be a dropdown with a label like “Render Using:”.

If its something where using nitrogens adds to the default behaviour then something like “Include Nitrogens” would be fine. Or “Add Nitrogens”.

The widget the user sees will also clues them in to what is happening.

Thanks for the commit and patch! Tell your friends!


Donald

-----Original Message-----
From: “Jordan Mantha” jordan.mantha@gmail.com

Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2008 18:01:50
To:avogadro-devel@lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: [Avogadro-devel] UI question: using nitrogens in ribbon engine

I just made my first commit to avogadro svn (yay!) to add support for
optionally using nitrogen atoms found in a protein backbone in the
ribbon engine rendering. At first I was going to just have it use the
nitrogens all the time, but although it seems to make the ribbon a bit
more accurate it also makes them less smooth. So, on to my real
question. Right now I just have a checkbox in the ribbon engine
configuration dialog with the text “Nitrogens” next to it, but that
feels a bit unintuitive. Would something like “Use nitrogens:” be
better? Any other suggestions?

-Jordan


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It’s just nitrogens or not I believe. I think N is the only non-carbon
atom commonly found in protein backbones.
I went with “Include Nitrogens” and did a trivial change to the layout
to make it more consistent with the other engine configs.

-Jordan

On Sat, Mar 8, 2008 at 6:09 PM, Donald Ephraim Curtis
donald-curtis@uiowa.edu wrote:

I don’t know much about ribbons but if its an alternate thing; ie. You use nitrogrens OR you use something else then it should be a dropdown with a label like “Render Using:”.

If its something where using nitrogens adds to the default behaviour then something like “Include Nitrogens” would be fine. Or “Add Nitrogens”.

The widget the user sees will also clues them in to what is happening.

Thanks for the commit and patch! Tell your friends!


Donald

-----Original Message-----
From: “Jordan Mantha” jordan.mantha@gmail.com

Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2008 18:01:50
To:avogadro-devel@lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: [Avogadro-devel] UI question: using nitrogens in ribbon engine

I just made my first commit to avogadro svn (yay!) to add support for
optionally using nitrogen atoms found in a protein backbone in the
ribbon engine rendering. At first I was going to just have it use the
nitrogens all the time, but although it seems to make the ribbon a bit
more accurate it also makes them less smooth. So, on to my real
question. Right now I just have a checkbox in the ribbon engine
configuration dialog with the text “Nitrogens” next to it, but that
feels a bit unintuitive. Would something like “Use nitrogens:” be
better? Any other suggestions?

-Jordan


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