Acoustica UI issues

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carlfriedrich
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2 posts since 9 Dec, 2021

Post Thu Dec 09, 2021 10:07 am

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Dear Acoustica developers,

I evaluated Acoustica the last few days and mostly kinda like it. However, I have a few issues concerning the UI.

1. Is there a reason why you do not use the Windows native close button? The custom close button is quite bugging me, because it does not expand to the upper right corner of the screen. What I usually do when I want to close a full-screen application is: move mouse cursor to the top right corner of the screen and press left mouse button. With your custom button this does not work, because the top-right-most pixel is not part of the close button. That means you have to aim carefully to really hit that button. And the fact that the hover effect on the button is REALLY subtle (transforming from grey to a SLIGHTLY lighter grey tone) does not make this easier, besides. That is quite annoying.

2. I really like that you have a dark theme by default. It is quite contrasty, though, in my opinion. The fonts and especially the buttons are too bright for the dark background, that makes the UI harder for the eyes than it could be. Maybe adding support for custom themes would be an idea?

3. The font rendering on Windows seems a bit blurry. I have a hard time recognizing the words actually, because everytime I look at the font, my eyes feel like they are close to coming to tears. Below is a screenshot with a comparison between the Acoustica menu bar and the Microsoft Word menu bar. The Acoustica font seems to be vertically stretched or whatever. I find it really distracting. Could this be caused by my Windows DPI scaling factor of 125%? Is Acoustica DPI aware?

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(In this picture everything seems a bit blurry, unfortunately, at least in my browser. I don't know why, but Firefox seems to enlargen the picture.)

4. All these points make Acoustica not feel like a "native" Windows application. It just does not fit well into the OS. Are there specific reasons for that?

For now I'll stick with the free alternative ocenaudio (https://www.ocenaudio.com/), which does everything I currently need, looks eye-pleasing and really has that Windows-feel. I still like Acoustica, though, and might come back to it in the future for its extra features, hoping that one day it will fit into Windows more naturally.

Does anybody else see these UI issues as well?

Best wishes,
Tim

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stian
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1299 posts since 1 Jan, 2005 from Norway

Post Fri Dec 10, 2021 4:21 am

Thanks for evaluating Acoustica. Acoustica is a cross-platform application developed with the JUCE library. It's deliberately designed to have a similar appearance on different operating systems. It is DPI aware and is based in vector rendering exclusively. Unfortunately, Windows 10 and above imposes a white main caption bar that doesn't fit the aesthetics of Acoustica unless the application handles the painting itself or use Microsoft's proprietary XAML based UI libraries.

Best,
Stian

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carlfriedrich
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2 posts since 9 Dec, 2021

Post Thu Dec 16, 2021 1:44 am

Hi Stian,

thanks for your reply. I'm not familiar with the JUCE library, but I see that other software products based on cross-platform APIs do a better job integrating into the Windows ecosystem (like Ocenaudio does for example, using the Qt library, afaik).

However, what's with points 1 & 2 from my initial post?

Best,
Tim

bronlund
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40 posts since 20 Jan, 2021

Post Wed Jan 05, 2022 10:34 am

That Windows-feel :D

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