I got a little feedback on devul during the day, after describing the background of devul.
(1) First of all the window itself was said to “look boring”. I can agree to that. Adding some background image, changing the font & color, and removing the titlebar/window frame would improve things a lot.
But when I asked for more details of what could be improved, I got the answer that the command prompt/terminal was the real problem, not the devul window!
Being a python/ubuntu application with a command line argument (the text file to add words too), it seemed questionable to remove the terminal. How would the user specify what file to add words to, without involving some non-minimalistic open-file-dialog..?
One answer is “build a new file every time devul is started”. For example, one could imagine creating “devul.2010-nov-7.17.17.txt” for the moment I write this sentence. It should be unique for all practical purposes. Putting that file in the users desktop’ folder, should make it obvious and discoverable from a usability standpoint. It could even be named something silly like “Mindpoop.2010-nov-7.17.17.txt”, reminding us of what we are doing here: exploring how free-minded-text-spitting we can be using computer software.
Another side effect of that approach, is that it prepares devul for the windows environment, in case I feel like adding support to that environment. For example via py2exe.
(2) A second point was the addition of more stats. Right now, the word count is the only thing that is displayed. The statistic that was specifically asked for, was the speed of writing. How about adding a words-per-minute measurement to the display? Something like this:
(3) The third critique is how to install devul. Downloading a .py script isn’t really a nice way to do it. For one thing, it requires the user to know how to install Python.
A better way would be to distribute a .deb file, but I don’t know any easy way to generate a .deb file from a .py file. Anyone out there give me some help?
(click to download devul v0.01. And read about the birth of devul)