Please allow display of URLs and titles with "Fancy" dials.

Nathan Duke 10 years ago 0

Show URLs under dialsShow icons and titles above dials
I was wondering why are the two 'Appearance' check boxes under 'Global Options' greyed-out when the 'Fancy' option under 'Style' is selected? If it is not feasible to dynamically render text labels in faux 3D perspective as discussed below in #2, here are some options that would make this HIGHLY RELEVANT OUTPUT available in the GUI to the user who digs your cool fancy dial effects!

1. Render the Titles and / or URLs so they appear as visually extra-contextual elements, so that they don't need to comply with the same environmental effects as the dials in order to satisfy the the viewers intuitive sense of reality. You could do this by a) floating them in a single, centralized, dedicated read-out panel, located near the search field (which has no 3D effects even in fancy dial mode), that would change onMouseOver to display the Title or target URL of the Dial being moused over... just like the status bar of the browser commonly does. Or you could do the most obvious thing and b) make the Title or URL appear superimposed over the dial itself onMouseOver, in a semi-transparent layer, appearing in normal parallel congruence with the viewing surface of the monitor, therefore absolving it of any 3D or perspective concerns.

2. Integrate dynamic 3D text rendering capabilities into the plugin, so that each Title / URL could be 'always-on' - displayed above or beneath it's corresponding dial, treated as a child, inheriting the appropriate perspective angle & drop shadow properties of it's parent dial. Depending on the qty of dials configured, these visual variables would naturally need change on-the-fly, as the user scrolled through the dials, to maintain the illusion of depth created by the curvature and drop shadow effects applied to the dials themselves.