It was suggested that I come here to request features. I have a number of things that I’ve seen that would be amazing if they would be implemented. As a developer, I know that nearly all suggestions are technically possible but sometimes it can be denied by management or just plainly too difficult to add or change. But if I can offer bribes in the form of skittles or memes, I can certainly come through.
I should note that I’ve only made two watch faces so far and I’m absolutely certain that some of my suggestions would be things I just don’t know yet. Please feel free to flog me and say “You can find this information (here)”.
Aaand here we go:
PLEASE add a lot more to the documentation. So much of it is so scarce that I cannot figure out what I really need to do in order to achieve what I know is possible.
Light theme => increase contrast ratio - it’s currently not high enough to see clearly. The current UI appears to be geared for dark theme where things show much better. On that, kudos on making a dark theme that doesn’t burn itself into my eyes. Thank you so much for that!
Can icons like the “lock ratio” icons be made larger or darker with more distinct state differences? (locked/unlocked) I’m on a 38 inch ultrawide (21:9) monitor with a resolution of 3840x1600 and I find myself getting up to the screen to see certain things
On that note, can you make smaller UI elements either larger or easier to see? Because a 21:9 38 inch monitor makes everything small
Circular progress bars => allow to set angle rotation, angle coverage (not just 1/4, 1/2, 100% increments). Let’s say that I want a curved progress bar that covers only 33% (one third) of the watch face bezel area. I currently don’t see that we can do that.
Is there an easy way to change the curvature of the WHOLE progress bar. For example, if I want it to be half an ellipse, is there an easy way to do that? Or maybe a square? Or a pentagon? Or hexagon, for those looking to make very nice futuristic faces or technical looking features?
Allow zoom more than current max. Again, my monitor settings are high and it would be great if we could zoom in just a little more.
Allow picking transparent colors (or at least an alpha slider for custom transparency levels) on all objects and “sub objects” of components that have multiple components. Currently, some items just lack an alpha layer entirely.
Allow picking foreground and background colors (including transparent) independently for any object, esp. progress bars. This would allow not only for “reverse” progress bars where we don’t have to play with the range values (thus making it awkward to use for meters that aren’t in the 1/4, 1/2, 100% ranges) but also allows us to have meters that shows off background features while having a “countdown” progress bar of a custom coverage area. Currently, the best I’ve managed is to play with the ranges and put it against a solid color background and pick a color that matches the background. If you want a great visual example, look up the “Goldeneye watch face” from the N64 video game and notice the two side meters that measure player health and shields). In an example like that, I have an image for a meter and then I am using a progress bar over 1/2 the face with the color set to the background and 0% opacity for the background and set to “countdown” through manipulated ranges. The result is a meter with a non-standard range of face coverage that counts down however it can only be used against a solid color background. This works great for heart rate where anything over a certain level isn’t really something we want but if we want a whole range (like a steps counter), it’s a different story. See image.
Ruler and snap guides should be on a per-project basis so that I do not have to reset them and then re-reset them between projects.
Allow for custom angle on the ends of progress bars to match any radial angled meter we devise. So if we have a custom meter (per above) that covers 33% (one third) of the watch face and we use a progress bar like I’ve described above and can actually get it to match the coverage area (or use color tricks like above), the flat meter “end-cap” doesn’t match actual angle measurements from the center of the watch like you would expect. The angle of the flat edge is… off. And I have yet to figure out how to adjust that specifically though I can see how I can make a really weird curve overall.
On that note, if I could do an ellipsoid shaped meter, that would be amazing.
Attempting to use a drag handle on a progress bar with “non-standard” values for shape makes it fly across the screen while resizing. These values should give you a starting point for reproduction:
“Tap blocker” objects or polygon shapes to allow us to “mask” off “internal” areas of a larger image used for meters and progress that we want tap capacity on but not on all areas.
Selecting multiple layers of mixed state (such as hide/show) should show both states as available options with either a check by the option that the majority have or a greyed check showing the state of the currently right clicked item.
On that note, a keyboard shortcut for that would be fabulous.
In a perfect wishlist, a way to bind our own shortcuts.
The top pixel or so of the title bar of the application does not behave like the rest of the title bar in regards to snap/drag. Meaning if I have the window maximized and slam the mouse pointer to the top of the monitor and drag to unsnap from a maximized state, it does not work. I have to be within some invisible border area to use that feature of windows.
Please allow right click on the taskbar button of the software so that I can access things like “close” and other built in windows features.
Be able to specify frame count for frames in animations. If I have 2 states for an animation, it would be swell if I could say “show frame 1 for 7 seconds, frame 2 for 7 seconds” instead of having 15 frames to specify.
On that note, some clarity to the animation features - I’m still not 100% clear on how it works since I know it’s 15 frames per second and 7 frames should be about half a second but I apparently have that wrong somehow and my animation looks like the matrix is going insane.
It would also be grand for some kind of option to handle an even number of frames per second for ease of math (on/off animations every half second, for example)
Can you fix the “close dirty file” dialog? It asks if we want to save but then presents Ok/No/Cancel instead of Yes/No/Cancel. This isn’t a normal software behavior/prompt.
The undo feature (ctl-z) does not seem to behave consistently. Sometimes it walks backwards like you would expect (one action at a time) and sometimes (especially when working with the timelines), it will undo a whole batch of changes.
You have a feature that allows me to hold the space bar to drag the zoomed view around (just like in photoshop) which puts me into photoshop mode but zoom is ctl-scroll unlike photoshop (which is alt+zoom) and that breaks my immersion into the software (my flow). I don’t know if it’s an issue for anyone else but I have to explicitly remind myself that it’s not photoshop controll.
A sample of icons would be fabulous. There are sample resources such as indexes and watch hands in the program directory but no icons. Some simple ones like steps and heart would be incredible. They could be files in the directory, sure but also having a button somewhere in the program for ALL of those samples would be amazing. Currently, we kind of have to remember where they are in the Program Files directory.
And on that note, when adding a complication, some of them appear with a built in hexagon. I would absolutely adore the ability to have that as an actual icon for some reason.
I know that was a lot, thank you!