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Mapknitter: UI evaluation

by molangmuir10 | June 10, 2019 10:09 | 147 views | 5 comments | #19650 | 147 views | 5 comments | #19650 10 Jun 10:09

molangmuir10 was awarded the Basic Barnstar by stevie for their work in this research note.


molangmuir10 was awarded the Photo Documentation Barnstar by silentsairam for their work in this research note.


Homepage and logging in:

  • I love being able to see everyone else’s projects listed below
  • This is a minor issue but when I originally tried to log on, I used my publiclab username ‘molangmuir10’ – because it says ‘username’. This didn’t work and I had to type in my email to login. Could change the ‘username’ to ‘email’ or ‘account email’ or ‘public lab email’
  • Jeff’s tutorial video on the homepage is great. Really helpful to visualise exactly what you’ll be doing

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  • More space between the ‘Community Microscope Kits Reserve a kit today’ and ‘Regions’
  • Why is Community Microscope kits listed here?

image 2

  • I like that you can see the number of maps! Especially if this changes in real time.
  • Why is ‘resolutions’ listed twice?

Creating a map:

  • I found the initial stages very simple; entering the project name, entering the location and long and lat coming up.
  • I like how the map zooms to your location as you enter the text. Straightforward, simple and clear.

Uploading images:

  • Straightforward

  • You should be able to delete an image and re-‘place’ the same image without having to re-upload it. There is only an option to download rather than ‘place’ them.

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  • Also it would be great to be able to clear these images once you’ve used them as it can get quite crowded when you’ve uploaded a few.

Placing images to the map:

  • Adjusting photo size: You should definitely be able to change the size of the image after the first placing/tool toggling – I couldn’t work out how to do this. It’s very frustrating if you have got the image size slightly off in the first place.

Toolbar: - There should be an undo tool button! - It would be great to get the transparency tool to work on a range – going from opaque to increasingly more transparent

Keymappings: - The keymappings window is quite obstructive and I couldn’t work out how to get rid of it image 4 - Pressing the letters on the keymappings toolbar (jk/o/s/t/dr) did nothing – (I have a macbook). But pressing the other commands on the toolbar (esc/delete/backspace/caps) did work. - ‘delete, backspace’: could it say “delete photo/image” just to clarify it’s not the map you’re deleting

2nd image upload:

‘Keymappings’: 2nd time I logged in to use mapknitter, the ‘keymappings’ didn’t come up initially. image 5 And then it came up twice image 6

  • It would be good if there was a button for ‘keymappings’ – you click and it brings up the window. Then you can close again when its obstructing the map view.

Altering the image size and scale: The second image I uploaded I couldn’t change the size of the image at all – it came up with the blue squares in the corner rather than the black ‘x’s. Then I couldn’t find a way to change the size. I closed the app and reopened. I re-uploaded the image and the same thing happened – I can’t figure out how to alter the size! Initially it was black ‘x’s and I dragged them bigger or smaller after first placing the image. How do I get back to that? image 7

General comments:

I really like being able to switch to the street map view! image description

Just a small thing though – ‘OpenStreetMap’ has no spacing and ‘Google Satellite’ does – would be nice if they both had the same spacing.

Once you have made a map it would be great for it to have a link directly from your profile homepage. e.g. After logging in to mapknitter, a ‘My maps’ button links you to the maps you’ve made.

Recent toolbar tool updates by @sashadev-sky:

https://github.com/publiclab/Leaflet.DistortableImage/pull/255#issuecomment-498781215

• GREAT that the keymappings order has been re-arranged to match toolbar order

• ‘toggle image transparency’ and ‘toggle image outline’ – makes sense to have these tools next to eachother

• Delete on the end in red is much better – makes more sense to have delete on the end

• “Fixed _toggleOutline method: fixed bug where we were also toggling image opacity here not just the outline opacity” I was going to comment on this bug in my evaluation above – great that it’s already been done!

Overall the toolbar changes are much improved! - I did think it would be useful to have an undo button on this toolbar


The things I’ve suggested may already exist – but if they do then they aren’t obvious/simple for a new mapknitter user like me!

Have you tried using mapknitter? I’d love to know your experiences in the comments below!


5 Comments

@stevie awards a barnstar to molangmuir10 for their awesome contribution!

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Thank you so much for this, @molangmuir10! This level of detail is SUPER helpful. @stefannibrasil @kaustubh_nair @alaxallves @cess @rexagod @sashadev-sky

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@silentsairam awards a barnstar to molangmuir10 for their awesome contribution!

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@molangmuir10 this is great thank you! I will make sure to try get all of this addressed. I have already started with a PR for this point :)

1) More space between the ‘Community Microscope Kits Reserve a kit today’ and ‘Regions’ https://github.com/publiclab/mapknitter/pull/686

Great minds, eh! Thankyou :)


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