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Subject: Re: Recording screen: breaking the law

Re: Recording screen: breaking the law

From: perterm <perterm_at_vce.de>
Date: 2005-09-07

Ray Lambert wrote:

> This menu is displayed automatically when a recording is ended using the
> STOP button. When this menu exits, it returns to the recording screen.

> The STOP button is one way to exit the menu; thus, when the menu isn't
> needed, pressing STOP twice will approximate the previous behavior.

What about a series of recordings started and stopped automatically by
the trigger? Especially when the last recording has been stopped by the
trigger we don't have to hit stop any more. Now the user isn't forced
through the disposition menu and has to wade through that annoying klick
orgy in order to do something useful.

Generally I don't think it is a good idea to force the user through an
additional menu after a recording. This would be one of those dialogues
like Microsofts "Do you really want to delete?". You get used to it and
click it away by reflex somewhen. And then you're back again in the
recording screen and have to go through all that click orgy to get
somewhere where you can do something useful.

> The menu contains items such as: "Playback", "Rename", and "Delete" (all in
> reference to the just-completed recording).

That menu is a good idea - as a context menu (e.g. F2 menu) of the
recording screen. In normal workflow quick access to these functions is
more useful than adjusting some details of the recording settings.

> What do you think?

The disposition menu would add complexity instead of reducing it. When
you exit the disposition menu with stop the problem I want to fix still
remains: You have to return to the main menu. What do you want to do in
the main menu after recording? Adjust settings? That would be a very
rare case that shouldn't be default. I see only one use case where a
user might want to return to the main menu: When he explores the
capability of the menu. My proposal takes care of that use case because
it does return to the menu when nothing has been recorded.

> Would that satisfy your needs, or did I miss something?

I use the recorder for rock band practice session. We put the thing in
recording mode, let the trigger take care of separating the songs and
usually don't bother with the box any more.
Somewhen the guitar man says to the bass player: "You moron! You should
have played F in that loud part. You know, that loud part after that
soft part?". This is the moment when I'd like to go to the jukebox, hit
one button and playback the last recording.

Phil

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