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Allow sizing of side panes

It would be nice to be able to change the widths of the side panes so that labels are not truncated. I use larger windows fonts to improve legibility. It would be nice if the pane could be widened so that a longer label could fit. The same issue is on the right side.
For example, the timing marker delta time label is often cut off on the right so I can't read the units.

I need to increase text sizes to make them legible. In Windows, I use a larger font with high resolution rather than the default font sizes with a lower resolution. However many applications seem to handle this configuration poorly, especially where text appears in an edit field in a dialog box. The box holding the text is often too small. I'm not a GUI developer so I am not familiar with the issues that cause this problem. I am wondering if the text size information could be determined so that a field can be sized according to the text size.

Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Guest commented
    August 2, 2018 17:03

    I would also like to see sizeable panes. I would like to expand the protocol decode window so I can see all of the text without a mouse-over. Also, If I use a long channel name, it only shows the first few characters, which makes using a verbose channel name counter productive.

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    Guest commented
    August 2, 2018 17:03

    It think it would be nice to have dockage panes: it should be possible to move the decoded protocol pane around, so that for example, when using few signals, the pane could be moved to the bottom of the signal waveform pane (vs. hardcoded to the right-most position), in order to show the decoded frame without being truncated. The current layout is great with 8 or more signals, but not very handy for protocols with very few signals.

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    August 2, 2018 17:03

    I use Qt at my job, and allowing the side panels to be adjustable width and height should be pretty easy. Should be able to put a QSplitter into your window with the side panels and the main view on either side, then put a QSplitter between each of the side panels. With that uses could adjust the side panels to be wider and also adjust each side panels height relative to the others.

    You can go even farther and make all your panels dock-able windows, Then users can size and arrange them however they want. See the QDockWidget class.

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    August 2, 2018 17:03

    By the way, I cannot find a way to edit my profile to enable notifications. Is there such a thing?

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    August 2, 2018 17:03

    Sorry for taking so long to respond to your request for a screen shot. I didn't know anyone had replied and I hadn't checked back to the forum in a while. If I got email notifications, I might have known about your request. I will check my profile to see if I have notifications enabled (if that is an option).

    Anyway, I am not quite sure how to post a screenshot. I do not see any buttons for this on the web form and I am loath to try to paste an image to a web text form. For now, I will try to explain better what I want:

    The right side of the GUI has a panel where Annotations, Analyzers, Decoded Protocols, etc. are displayed. This panel has a fixed width. Under the Annotations tab is a field displaying the time difference between the two the timing markers A1 and A2. Very often, the number of digits trails off past the right side of the window and I cannot see the digits or the units text (i.e. us, ms, s, etc). For example, at the moment I am looking at a A2-A1 time of 0.1895416667 but the units are not visible.

    The only way I have to determine the units is to move one of the markers a little bit until the precision of the number is reduced enough that it fills less of the field and the units are visible.

    I would like to be able to click on the number to get a scroll bar, perhaps select and copy the text or click on the right panel's left border to drag it to the left to make the whole panel wider to try to display the remaining digits or units.

    I would also be happy if the units were displayed in a separate field altogether so that the units do not get pushed off to the side.

    The left panel with the channel names has similar problems. Sometimes, I like to name the channels according to some name on a schematic or something and if the name is a bit long all I see is 7 characters and 3 ellipses.

    I do not have good eyesight so my windows fonts are bigger than default. This causes a lot of problems on many dialogs that have fixed-width text boxes. I am not sure if this is the particular case here or the problem with Saleae Logic is unrelated.

    If you still need a screenshot, please furnish instructions.

    Cheers,
    Allan

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    Guest commented
    August 2, 2018 17:03

    Agreed. I have to squint a lot and I am constantly moving things around trying to get a better view of my data. The Text is indeed to small, It would be nice to have a higher contrast UI.

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    Guest commented
    August 2, 2018 17:03

    This is a HUGE problem for me. It is really difficult to read the text in some places.