[vlc-devel] Qt media browser (playlist selector) reorganisation

Jakob Leben jakob.leben at gmail.com
Sat Nov 7 17:04:44 CET 2009

On Sat, Nov 7, 2009 at 1:10 PM, Jean-Baptiste Kempf <jb at videolan.org> wrote:
> Missing is:
>  - Media Library
>  -- lua SD (under Internet Sources)

Do you mean to literally have an entry "Lua Scripts" which would list all
the Playlist type lua scripts and then user can drop somewhere an URL which
will get interpreted by the desired / appropriate script and result inserted
as child items of that particular top lua script item?

> I would have joined Discs and External Devices.

Yes, that sounds logical. So you would let all the children of those two pop
up mixed under one category (my suggestion) or still have some kind of
subcategories? A nice way of categorisation without the need of extra
subnodes is maybe just - icons. Plus we could also automatically sort the
items by where they come from.

> I don't like the names of "External Devices" and "Internet Sources"
> We need rephrases.

Maybe something like Remote (Sources?/XX) and Local (Sources?/Devices?/XX)

> Well, something that is still missing from that change I introduced, is
> that I believe that the active SD should be in bold or italic when
> actived.

Well, you see, if then we don't have separate nodes for MTP, UPnP and
Bonjour (which is my suggestion), there is no way of giving information
whether each of those separate modules is active. And I find it counter
intuitive that one could for instance manually turn off inserted/removed
disc notifications or device notifications, I never saw that in any program.

IMHO I would leave particular SD activation / deactivation and any info
regarding that solely buried somewhere in preferences.

I discovered Songbird <http://getsongbird.com/> and from a screenshot it
looks like they show connected MTP devices directly at top level in their
"selector" without ever having a "MTP" category or even "Devices". Although
I would still group devices and discs into a category, like you suggested,
still this protocol- or discovery-method-agnosticism is what I like and
think is the way to go in a GUI.

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