Hello to all users of Directory Opus, and many thanks to Jonathan, Leo & Greg for creating it! I'm a long-time user, and must admit that this is by far the most well-designed piece of s/w I've ever used. I appreciate its high performance, good looks, intuitive UI, and overall attention to detail. I'm a perfectionist myself, and using DOpus makes me want to meet its creators! Seriously! I hope to be able to do this some day!
On to the reason for posting. In the Move/Copy window, a progress graph was introduced (I believe it appeared in version 12). Well, this graph is the only thing I can fault in DOpus... It looks far too plain, with no units on the axes, and no quantification of the vertical grid. It's just a plain area with a graph in it, and three grid lines, but no idea of the maximum point in the graph, the values/spacing of the grid lines, or the time scale. It just looks poorly designed and does not offer much information, other than the relative changes in data transfer speed. Being an engineer, I put a lot of emphasis on these matters, especially on the presence of units and markings on graphs. Perhaps this is the reason why this graph looks so odd and "wrong" to me...
I know this is a minor issue for most users, and I know that the graph can be turned off, but it would be great if the DOpus programmers could freshen it up a bit, and add little labels (using small, unobtrusive fonts), with a few tick marks (and values) on the x- and y-axis, so that we know what we're looking at. Also, a smoothing algorithm could be applied to the curve, and the line thickened a bit, and anti-aliased, so that it looks beautiful and smooth, instead of having a jagged, staircase look. Finally, vertical dashed lines (or even bands with alternating colours) could be added, to mark the beginning and end of each file operation (in cases where the operation involves more than one file). I know that it's often difficult to write routines to take care of such things, especially since these routines must be able to adapt to different situations, but it may be worth giving it a try.
Again, almost a non-issue for most users, I know, but I thought that the near-perfect state of DOpus justifies taking care of such fine attention to detail as my above suggestion.
Many thanks again for giving us DOpus!
Edit: Yesterday I found a bug that is related to the above mentioned progress graph, the details of which I posted here, but later moved to its own, separate thread.