#336 accepted
Eric A. Meyer

[Minor enhancement] make long thread arcs more visually distinct

Reported by Eric A. Meyer | January 29th, 2013 @ 09:54 PM

The “Message Arcs” view TOTALLY ROCKS and I love it more than anything I’ve seen in a mail client in years, but I find that I sometimes lose long arcs against the window edges. Not the short-hop arcs: those are fine. I mean the long skips-several-messages lines that get flattened against the edges of the window. See the attached screenshot for an example. Just a bit more whitespace around the edges of the pane, or maybe a subtly tinged color where you’re using grey now, or both, would really help to see those things more clearly.

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  • benny

    benny January 29th, 2013 @ 10:19 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “accepted”

    The colors of the arcs (and the thread arc angle) are actually configurable in the view class I implemented for this feature, but there is no GUI to change this. And for technical reasons it's difficult (impossible?) to do this from the Terminal.

    I'll note that I should (re-)introduce a GUI for this. And maybe consider some more whitespace.

    You are welcome to suggest an alternative set of colors (parent arc, children arcs, and other arcs). I'm not very good at choosing colors (the same goes for the various security-related banners). I just try to play it safe :-)

    I assume you have noticed the thread arcs view is resizable.

  • Eric A. Meyer

    Eric A. Meyer January 29th, 2013 @ 10:41 PM

    I did notice the resizing, but to make the long arcs visually obvious meant making the view really wide, much wider than I liked. I’m also not great with choosing colors, but I may play around with the screenshot with some Photoshop filters to see if I can come up with anything I like.

    In the meantime, adding even five pixels of padding to each of the long edges of the view would probably help, at least to my eye. (The top and bottom padding look fine to me.) See attached file for a quick Photoshop visualization of that change. Ten pixels might be even better, or it might be too much.

  • benny

    benny January 29th, 2013 @ 10:48 PM

    I've added five pixels. I don't think it should be more than that.

  • Eric A. Meyer

    Eric A. Meyer January 30th, 2013 @ 04:22 PM

    I just downloaded 3239 and I think the added spacing makes the view a LOT better. Thank you! I move this ticket be resolved “fixreleased” unless you want to keep it open for future conversations about arc/dot coloring and so on.

  • benny

    benny January 30th, 2013 @ 10:03 PM

    I'll keep the ticket open for some color/arc GUI settings.

  • Jon

    Jon February 14th, 2019 @ 03:11 PM

    Hey Benny. New user here. I'm wondering if it would make sense to add an option to color the dots based on the sender.
    Specifically, and probably a lot easier to accomplish, what I'd like to see is which messages came from me vs other senders. Maybe even a different shape instead of a different color.

  • benny

    benny February 14th, 2019 @ 03:14 PM

    @jonathan: I'll keep it in mind. For now, you might be interested in this hidden preference for coloring messages which recently also works for thread arcs (showing a colored ring).

  • Jon

    Jon February 14th, 2019 @ 04:40 PM

    @benny: Great, that actually does enough of what I'm looking for. Can the UUID field accept multiple mailboxes, or would I need to create separate entries for each of my sent mailboxes? Thank you!

  • benny

    benny February 14th, 2019 @ 04:48 PM

    @Jon: You can create a smart mailbox which includes the mailboxes you want with the same color and then use that for the UUID value. But if you are just looking for all sent mailboxes then you can use SENT (use Edit ▸ Copy to get the UUID of the current mailbox).

  • Jon

    Jon February 14th, 2019 @ 04:57 PM

    @benny: hah, as soon as I read "You can create a smart mailbox.." I realized I'd be able to use the SENT UUID, thank you again.

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