Options Dialog Preview

Hello everyone; sorry once again for the massive gap between updates…  I’ve been busy with other things.  It seems that, in my absence, the comment spam has become a far more significant problem than it used to be.  Unfortunately, I can’t install an anti-spam filter due to SourceForge’s extremely limiting hosting policy. I think perhaps this is a sign that I need my own hosting already…  In any event, I’ll try to keep a better eye on the site.

Thanks to everyone who wrote in with name suggestions!  I’ve read them all now, and I saw several that I liked.  I’ll make a poll a little later to see what the most popular is.  I noticed that there were also many that thought that it should stay as QTTabBar, so I will make that a poll option as well.  To be honest, now that I’ve thought about how much work a name change would involve, that option is sounding a little bit appealing to me as well.  But, I’ll decide once I see how the poll turns out.

Anyway, although I have obviously not been checking the site nearly as much as I should have, a lot of work has been done on the program.  The new options dialog box is progressing nicely; here are some screenshots: Window, Tabs, Tooltips, Tweaks, General, Appearance

As you can see, it’s been… umm… let’s say “influenced”… by the options dialog for Microsoft Office.  I actually went through several styles before settling on that one.  I think Office’s options really hit a nice balance between aesthetics and functionality.  I especially like the bold section headers, which really let you find what you’re looking for quickly.

You might notice that there are a few options in these screenshots that hint at new features that are coming…

24 comments to Options Dialog Preview

  • Mike Connor

    Good to hear it, looking forward to the new stuff.

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  • Michael

    Nice work, clean and simple!

    Would it be too much work to hide the settings that apply for a different OS then the one currently used? Displaying all those “XP / Windows 7″-specific options are kinda messing up the dialogue in my opinion.

    • Hm, I’ll think about this.

    • Salman

      The Option Dialog is cool.
      These are just opinions.
      I kinda Support what Michael is saying. Though instead of removing them completely, just disable them
      after all its good to know about option available on Win7 that are not on your current OS.

      Also if you could add a search box(a la eclipse) on the top left hand side, just above the menu. then we could quickly find the checkbox, radio button we are looking for.

      What are the chances for split panes, it could just fork another explorer. something like FreeCommander

      Thanks for reading this far.

  • Yochanan

    I’m liking the options previews a lot! I’ve been using QtTabBar for a couple few years now and I like what you’ve done! Thanks a lot, man. This is one of the first apps I install on a clean Windows installation. Where’s your PayPal donate button?

  • userforusing

    I like the new options dialogues, new styles are always nice. Keep up the good work, I’m looking forward for new stuff.

  • Mike R

    Looking Fabulous sir,
    Let’s hope Microsoft steers clear of their jealousy, and waits to implement your code until windows 10

  • Xeon


    I just don’t like the scrollbar in that option UI compared to the current layout.. if new layout can be arranged to remove the scrollbar in that dialog form then all is good.

    Still I’d much rather see other improvements than a somewhat unnecessary change to the option dialog, the current one is fine really.

    Anyway glad you’re back.

    • Yeah, I hate that scrollbar too. The problem is that there a number of new options on that tab, and they take up space. I’m thinking about ways to it cut it down though; this design is by no means final.

      I know it must seem like the options dialog isn’t such a big deal, but you wouldn’t believe how many emails I get from people scratching their heads trying to figure out how to enable Single Window mode. It may not be as exciting as new features, but the current dialog is a mess, and it really needs to go. Plus, the dialog itself is only the visible part of this endeavour. Behind the scenes, a great deal of code is getting restructured, which will make it much easier to extend for future features.

  • xpclient

    Wow! What a facelift for the options dialog! Very beautiful and excellent idea to use the Office style. Btw, out of curiosity, is there a reason why you chose not to use the default Aero style? That doesn’t look bad either. All the options dialog needed was better organizing. Does the new options dialog support context sensitive/field level tooltip help like the Office dialog does? That would be very useful.

    • Well like I said, I went through a number of different styles, but I liked how the Office style felt so I stuck with it. I;m using WPF for the new dialog, which makes it very easy to make dialogs like this.

      Per-field tooltip help is something I want to do, but I’m not sure if it’ll be in the next release or not.

  • Mike Connor

    Looking good.

    Regards….Mike Connor

  • tony bombata

    welcome back

    i was scared you were about to do a quizo and disappear for 6 months. . .

    good work. waiting eagerly . . .

  • Raj

    Hi Shining,

    nice work on the interface. I usually am not really excited about new versions of software but the overhaul of the options interface is really well made. Can’t wait for the final version. Keep it up. :)

  • God dang, that options dialog looks astonishing ! Good job, mate !

  • Xeon

    “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    lol WHY????

  • Zev Spitz

    I cannot begin to describe how much I enjoy QTTabBar, under whatever name it will ultimately have.
    The options previews look well-organized and elegant.

    Wouldn’t the natural ui for the Preview Tooltips -> Image/Iext filetypes be a listbox instead of a combobox, to allow seeing at a glance all the registered extensions?

  • freecoder

    Great work. I am one of those users who can’t imagine explorer without tabs. Thank you for picking this up and continuing with it.

    One thing to keep in mind with the options dialog is this:
    1) there are some netbook screens that are only 600 pixels tall
    2) the “general” and “tab” tabs of the current options dialog lose some content because they are too tall for the window

  • AmaCha

    Nice work on the option dialog, I like it !

    I also agree with Salman :
    - to disable (not hide) the OS-specific options
    - to have a search box (like ultraedit, eclipse, chrome, …)

    Keep the good work !