[kepler-dev] Ptolemy II UI

Edward A Lee eal at eecs.berkeley.edu
Wed Jun 30 01:05:49 PDT 2004


Thanks for pointing these out...

These are clearly bugs in Ptolemy II, so I don't think it makes
sense to fix them in Kepler independently...  We'll get them fixed
in Ptolemy II.

Can you send me a concrete model illustrating the second one?

The 4.0 release is out, so this will have to be provided as a patch
or in a 4.1 release.


At 11:25 AM 6/29/2004 -0700, xiaowen wrote:
>Hi All,
>After meeting with customers for SPA and watching them play with Ptolemy 
>II, we noticed a couple of small annoyances with the Ptolemy II UI.
>1. If you right-click on an actor and select "Configure Ports", make some 
>changes to the ports, then close the window without clicking "Apply" or 
>"Commit" first, Ptolemy II will happily close the window and discard all 
>changes.  This happened many times during our session where we clicked the 
>little 'X' in the corner to close the window, and had to redo all our port 
>configuration.  It would be nicer if a window popped up warning users that 
>changes will be discarded, and giving them the opportunity at that time to 
>save the changes.
>2. The "Skip remaining errors" button doesn't seem to always appear and 
>doesn't skip all remaining errors.  As an example of this, take a model 
>created in Ptolemy II 4.0-beta and open it in Ptolemy II 3.0.2.  The first 
>error dialog gives me the "Skip remaining errors" button, but when I click 
>it, I'm still confronted with a series of error dialogs, where I'm forced 
>to continue clicking "Skip element" many times before the model gets 
>displayed.  It would be nice if there were a button to click that would 
>skip errors of all kinds and just go ahead and display the model to the 
>best of its ability.
>Do you all think it would be worthwhile to make these changes to Ptolemy 
>II or Kepler?
>I don't how hard it would be to implement them.  I'm guessing that the 
>first change would require modifying 
>ptolemy/actor/gui/PortConfigurerDialog.java to change the behavior upon 
>closing the dialog.
>I'm not sure how close Ptolemy II is now to its final 4.0 release, but if 
>it's still accepting small UI fixes, these might be good candidates =)
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