FR: CandyCane for panels.

Jun 7, 2008 at 4:45pm

FR: CandyCane for panels.

To begin with I was a bit disappointed to see that panel still defaults
to grey. and then I thought: Why not apply the candy-cane principle from
Multislider to panels too? A toggle to have every newly created panel be
picked from a candycane selection?

Am I totally off base here?
Cheers
Andreas.

#38287
Jun 7, 2008 at 4:57pm

On 7 juin 08, at 18:45, Andreas Wetterberg wrote:

> To begin with I was a bit disappointed to see that panel still
> defaults to grey. and then I thought: Why not apply the candy-cane
> principle from Multislider to panels too? A toggle to have every
> newly created panel be picked from a candycane selection?
>
> Am I totally off base here?

You can assign a color really quickly to panel:
- create a panel
- right+click -> choose color.

ej

#133273
Jun 7, 2008 at 7:14pm

Uhm…. I … know… that. It was suggested as a source for
inspiration, not “hey, why can’t I colour… things”. I wish you could
say things on the max list without getting the RT(F)M treatment :)

Oh nevermind, then. Grey for EVERYOnE!
a.

Emmanuel Jourdan skrev:
> On 7 juin 08, at 18:45, Andreas Wetterberg wrote:
>
>> To begin with I was a bit disappointed to see that panel still
>> defaults to grey. and then I thought: Why not apply the candy-cane
>> principle from Multislider to panels too? A toggle to have every
>> newly created panel be picked from a candycane selection?
>>
>> Am I totally off base here?
>
> You can assign a color really quickly to panel:
> – create a panel
> – right+click -> choose color.
>
> ej
>
>
>
> .
>

#133274
Jun 7, 2008 at 7:26pm

On 7 juin 08, at 21:14, Andreas Wetterberg wrote:

> Uhm…. I … know… that. It was suggested as a source for
> inspiration, not “hey, why can’t I colour… things”. I wish you
> could say things on the max list without getting the RT(F)M
> treatment :)

So I’m probably missing something what is the difference between
applying candycane colors to multislider (for which you need to open
the inspector select the number of candycane…), and adding a panel,
opening the color panel, and clicking in one of the defaults colors?

ej

#133275
Jun 7, 2008 at 8:51pm

You can set the panel to default to your own defined colour, even a
gradient, in the Object Defaults inspector. Not the candy-cane
principle, but an improvement over 4.6….

Brad

On 7-Jun-08, at 10:45 AM, Andreas Wetterberg wrote:

> To begin with I was a bit disappointed to see that panel still
> defaults to grey. and then I thought: Why not apply the candy-cane
> principle from Multislider to panels too? A toggle to have every
> newly created panel be picked from a candycane selection?
>
> Am I totally off base here?
> Cheers
> Andreas.

#133276
Jun 7, 2008 at 10:22pm

Brad Cariou skrev:
> You can set the panel to default to your own defined colour, even a
> gradient, in the Object Defaults inspector. Not the candy-cane
> principle, but an improvement over 4.6….
Indeed, it is an improvement.
My suggestion was an attempt to do away with the blandness of a
mentality that says “things supposed to at least look slightly pretty
default to the dullest colour on earth” ;-)

In my admittedly strange mind defaulting to grey is programmers-mind,
rather than an aesthetic stance. YMMV.

Andreas.

#133277
Jun 7, 2008 at 11:20pm

On Jun 7, 2008, at 3:22 PM, Andreas Wetterberg wrote:

> “things supposed to at least look slightly pretty default to the
> dullest colour on earth” ;-)

I thought that that was beige.

-C

Chris Muir
cbm@well.com

http://www.xfade.com

#133278
Jun 8, 2008 at 10:06am

Changing the panel gradient colors via a line object, especially with the transparency, is pretty cool. Great for a background on a movie, or maybe as a control-holder that changes when you click it. Of course, as with everything in Max, we immediately want vertical, radial, diagonal etc. gradients, plus control over number of cycles, sharpness of gradient, etc…. :)

It gets to the point where you just use a picture if you want something complex…. but then again you can’t animate a pic like you can the panel (unless it’s a movie). So… what about having radial gradients, and make circles with the panels, for buttons? That would animate using color/transp. when you click? That would be pretty sharp I think, plus have easy customization or skins globally (two global colors for buttons that the user can choose).

Love the alpha… even with the performance hit, which is noticeable, it won’t be an issue for long processor-wise, and for me the tradeoff is overwhelmingly positive…. it adds a ton of potential for the UI, like floating palettes etc. that can rival some of the slick commercial apps out there. Lord knows window creation and options are so easy and versatile in Max, now there are transparency options too.

–CJ

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