[mythtv] [PATCH] Manage recordings screen

James Armstrong james at thearmstrongs.org
Wed Jul 7 22:07:05 EDT 2004

Kevin Kuphal wrote:

> Tako Schotanus wrote:
>> Kevin Kuphal wrote:
>>> This patch changes the Delete Recordings screen to Manage Recordings 
>>> and modifies the action menus accordingly.
>>> - The language translations for "Manage" need to be updated for all 
>>> languages other than English
>>> - Watch Recordings INFO menu consists only of Play and Cancel now
>>> - Manage Recordings INFO menu consists of Stop Recording, toggle 
>>> Auto Expire, Change Recording Group, Edit Recording Schedule, 
>>> Start/Stop Transcode, and Start/Stop Commercial Flag.
>>> - Play is only available on Watch and Delete is only available on 
>>> Manage
>>> - SELECT will Play on Watch and Delete on Manage
>>> If this is acceptable and is applied, then I'll resubmit my patches 
>>> for Play from Beginning and Clear Bookmarks on the Watch Recordings 
>>> screen.  Any suggestions as to other arrangements of buttons are of 
>>> course welcome.  I think maybe it would be nice to see a "Jump to 
>>> Manage" button from the Watch screen and visa-versa to ease the 
>>> transition for users accustomed to all the items on one menu.
>> Well personally I don't mind about all the other options because I agree
>> that the menu was getting a bit large, but removing the Delete from that
>> menu does bother me a bit. For me my normal way of using MythTV is:
>> - sit down on the couch
>> - grab remote
>> - go to Watch Recordings
>> - watch whatever I like
>> - delete what I just watched
>> I think that having to go to another screen and look for the program I
>> just watched to delete it makes it way too difficult to use.
>> And I don't have a Delete button on my remote so that's not an option
>> either. (Almost the only buttons we use here are INFO, ESC, UP, DOWN,
>> And if the _only_ option that has been taken from the Manage Recordings
>> screen is the Play option I would rather just stick it back and use
>> MangeRecordings from now on as my main screen.
>> Another option would be to have some simple way to switch between the
>> two screens while your currently selected program remains selected but
>> that sounds a bit like a hack. Besides the fact that deleting a program
>> would now take even more steps.
>> So I guess I would suggest at least to put the most used options on the
>> Watch Recordings screen and put anything else on the Manage Recordings
>> screen. But I see no easy solution for the fact that if you are in the
>> Watch screen and decide you want to start transcoding that you have to
>> go to another screen and look for the same recording there to do it.
>> Are we sure that making an "Advanced Options" item in the menu isn't
>> much eaier?
> Issac isn't so keen on an Advanced Options idea.  Do you use the 
> "prompt on playback exit" option to give you the option to Delete when 
> the playback ends?  That functionality remains the same and can be 
> used to delete the recording when it ends, just not as a housekeeping 
> task on the INFO menu.
I still use the Delete on the menu even though I have the Delete after 
play turned on because I don't always watch all the way through the 
credits, I press stop to get back to the menu. I also delete some shows 
without watching them while looking for shows to watch. Don't want to 
have to go to the Manage screen just to do that.

- James

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