Here we go!
As mentioned previously, an update to how tooltips look and work, was one of the two main things missing before we call vvvv gamma a 1.0 release. And they have just landed in the preview, horray!
Previously tooltips where text-only, rendered all in one style and often contained rather cryptic information. Now we have structured information that is nicely presented and we also tried to replace weird messages with human readable text where possible.
Tooltips on nodes foremost show the nodes full name and category plus its "Summary" and "Remarks" help information in two separate paragraphs. Additionally, if available you'll see timing information, ie the amout of time the node needs to execute. Operation nodes can also show you the name of the operation they are currently executed on.
In case a node has an error or warning, we try to help you understand what's going on by answering the following three questions:
Also, while a warning/error tooltip is visible, pressing CTRL+C copies the message for convenient pasting, eg. in the forums.
Tooltips on pins foremost show the pins name and datatype. For for primitive types (like numbers, strings, colors,...) that can easily be displayed, we also show the current value.
In cases of collections (like spread), we also show the current count and again, if the datatype is displayable, we now show up to three slices, as compared to the previously only one.
Oh, and the obvious:
Tooltips on links are by default only visible, if the link has an error or warning. To get a tooltip showing on normal links, to see their datatype, press CTRL while hovering it.
Zooming patches is nice, but we figured independent of that, we also want to be able to define the size of a tooltip. so zooming tooltips it is:
Also the patch explorer got a bit more informative using the new tooltips.
Same goes for the nodebrowser, which should make it easier to find the right node as the summary and remarks are now much more pleasant to read.
And finally, there are a now a couple of more settings to tweak for tooltips:
A few tweaks here and there and more viewers to come for more special datatypes over time...but the biggest part is hereby done. To test, download the latest preview and then please let us know what you think in the comments.
that looks neat! cool to see some clear and useful debug info in there, thanks for this update!
It looks very very good!
Debugging was my major concern when I started working with VL...
Now (with IOBoxes and tooltips), I'm excited to patch again :)
Still waiting for the export feature to dive again into Gamma!(especially DLL export to interact with Unity)
nice tooltips! especially the one which also says the execution time (the one with the `update`)
GREAT - I had the first GAMMA intuitive patching experience. I was only using HelpPatches and Tooltips to build up what I wanted - HURRAY
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