andrew wrote:It's open for discussion where such tools should be in the QCAD menu / tool bar hierarchy.
andrew wrote:The box joint tool is specific to creating box joints which are typically used in woodworking or similar industries (correct me if I'm wrong).
andrew wrote:In the future, many more such custom-tailored scripts are likely to be added to QCAD and the question arises how and where to fit them into the user interface. At the moment I put this tool under Misc to make it available without nailing down the user interface yet.
I can think of these options:
- Industry specific tool buttons in the CAD tool bar at the left (e.g. architecture, mechanical engineering, wood working, textile industry, ...).
Pros: makes room for very industry specific tools such as a cog wheel generator, or architecture wall tools.
Cons: overlaps, tools that are not 100% generic but not very specific either such as the box joint tool.
- Make the tool more generic. For the box joint tool it would mainly mean to rename it. We'd have to come up with a name for the tool that does not imply usage for a specific industry. Something similar like 'zig zag line' or 'meander' but then not quite - ideas anyone?
Pros: avoids overlaps, no new user interface concepts needed
Cons: this will not work for all tools (think of a tool that generates a cogwheel or a staircase.
andrew wrote:- Based on user preferences. A user would have to spend some time to arrange these additional tools in his/her own preferred way.
Pros: makes everyone happy
Cons: users have to invest time, every QCAD installation will look different from every other one, users might loose their own configuration on major updates of QCAD
caigner wrote:In this way I could create toolbars specific to my projects which would greatly enhance workflow. What do you think about that? Could that be done?
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