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Phillip Kerman
2004-08-05, 07:54
> Now that the legibility of the display, particularly with respect to
> large fonts, has been addressed IMHO visualizations should be way, way
> down the list of priorities. Eye candy at best and a waste of
> bandwidth and processing power at worst. I mean how often do you
> really need a spectrum display or some other distracting crud on
> your squeezebox? It should be about music first; thus bug fixes,
> rock solid stability, bandwidth related enhancements (such as native
> FLAC), and more streaming options (such as RealAudio) should be the
> priority. Just my 2 cents as a 2 going on 3 squeezebox owner.



Yeah, I'd tend to share some of these concerns. Though, I don't think the
display is all a waste. Also, I don't think it's an "either-or" choice.

However, in my daily use of the device here are my concerns in order of
priority:
1--it randomly loses connection to the server. Seems to be related to when
I press a button on the remote... not any one button, but usually it happens
the same instant I press a button.
2--server takes too much ram and cpu (xp)
3--the display could be better/bigger/fit more info with large fonts (hence,
why I think the improvement is nice... though I haven't bought it yet)
(Also, just because I noticed there's no kerning is not an attempt to diss
the product. In fact, the next thing I was going to ask was whether the
large font option could not make everything uppercase... my interest is
simple: I want to read as much info from far away from the unit--all
uppercase is not ideal.)
4--subtle animation effects could help usability. For example, left/right
animations are great when going left/right... but I think there should be an
up/down animation when I use those buttons.

I'm confident all these issues will be addressed eventually.

Thanks,
Phillip

Larry Truesdale
2004-08-05, 09:06
I ordered the upgrade immediately. I'm excited about better
legability and I'm looking forward to better support of international
charadters. But, "native FLAC" is the hottest thing on my list of
"Slimprovements".

Larry

On Thu, 5 Aug 2004 07:54:39 -0700, Phillip Kerman
<lists (AT) phillipkerman (DOT) com> wrote:
>
> > Now that the legibility of the display, particularly with respect to
> > large fonts, has been addressed IMHO visualizations should be way, way
> > down the list of priorities. Eye candy at best and a waste of
> > bandwidth and processing power at worst. I mean how often do you
> > really need a spectrum display or some other distracting crud on
> > your squeezebox? It should be about music first; thus bug fixes,
> > rock solid stability, bandwidth related enhancements (such as native
> > FLAC), and more streaming options (such as RealAudio) should be the
> > priority. Just my 2 cents as a 2 going on 3 squeezebox owner.
>
>
> Yeah, I'd tend to share some of these concerns. Though, I don't think the
> display is all a waste. Also, I don't think it's an "either-or" choice.
>
> However, in my daily use of the device here are my concerns in order of
> priority:
> 1--it randomly loses connection to the server. Seems to be related to when
> I press a button on the remote... not any one button, but usually it happens
> the same instant I press a button.
> 2--server takes too much ram and cpu (xp)
> 3--the display could be better/bigger/fit more info with large fonts (hence,
> why I think the improvement is nice... though I haven't bought it yet)
> (Also, just because I noticed there's no kerning is not an attempt to diss
> the product. In fact, the next thing I was going to ask was whether the
> large font option could not make everything uppercase... my interest is
> simple: I want to read as much info from far away from the unit--all
> uppercase is not ideal.)
> 4--subtle animation effects could help usability. For example, left/right
> animations are great when going left/right... but I think there should be an
> up/down animation when I use those buttons.
>
> I'm confident all these issues will be addressed eventually.
>
> Thanks,
> Phillip
>
>
>
>

kdf
2004-08-05, 09:37
Quoting Phillip Kerman <lists (AT) phillipkerman (DOT) com>:


> 3--the display could be better/bigger/fit more info with large fonts (hence,
> why I think the improvement is nice... though I haven't bought it yet)
> (Also, just because I noticed there's no kerning is not an attempt to diss
> the product. In fact, the next thing I was going to ask was whether the
> large font option could not make everything uppercase... my interest is
> simple: I want to read as much info from far away from the unit--all
> uppercase is not ideal.)

there are two large fonts in the new graphics version. The largest is all caps,
full height. The second largest is upper and lowercase, using full height to
handle the lowercase tails.
-kdf