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Subject: hi and ui question from a new user

hi and ui question from a new user

From: Gary Bavarski <ta6er_at_50k.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 15:47:21 -0500

Hi there everyone,

I just installed rockbox on my 4g Color iPod last night, my first
impressions are that it's pretty awesome! I am loving how I can copy things
back and forth simply using Explorer. The huge amount of cool plugins
(including doom and 2-player pong!) are great. Not to mention the addition
of themes to my iPod... very cool stuff.

However, I do have one issue with the response time and speed of the UI -
imo an important part of what makes the iPod so great is Apple's keen sense
of UI. While browsing through my genres/artists/albums (I have a ton on my
60gb iPod) with the iPod's native firmware, each screen (and sub-screens,
what have you) seems to load very quickly, and the select bar is SUPER
responsive to the movement of my finger--it even scrolls through the rows
faster and faster the faster I rotate my finger. When I change my fonts
with rockbox, each font's size seems to affect the speed/response time of
the scroll wheel. This makes sense, since at smaller font sizes, more rows
fit on the screen, etc. There is also a slight "tear" that seems to occur
when the select bar changes to a new row.

So I am wondering if this general "lagginess" that I'm experiencing is
specific to using rockbox with my model of iPod, or if it is present across
all players. I'm seeing while browsing in both the raw File view and
Database view (as well as within the system menus).

And as a sub question I was curious if anyone (without flaming me to hell)
could possibly explain/discuss how Apple gets away with this speed, I mean
they even have anti-aliased fonts. Having NO experience in hardware device
programming, I assume it's because their code "talks" directly to the
hardware or something? Even as a sub-sub question, I was wondering if there
were any plans in future builds to address this. :)

Again, overall awesome product... definitely loving it and spreading the
word to my friends. Has anyone else brought this up? I apologize if so, the
archives seem to be down at the moment.

Thanks!
Received on 2007-02-20


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