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Small Buttons Trend

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Small Buttons Trend was created by Ihoujin

I recently updated KStars to V 3.3.1 and I've noticed some UI changes within Ekos. I just wanted to address a concern with the trend towards tiny buttons.
My main concern is functionality. Depending on the method of interfacing with the UI it can be difficult to tap on a small button. For example a remote desktop connection on mobile or tablet. I frequently have to zoom into the screen to use them correctly. Computers also have a vulnerability whenever dew forms on a trackpad, fine control can get dicy. Certain misclicks can be a real setback.
Also, although it's a separate underlying issue; missing icons is still a problem that has not been fully resolved, at least on my system (LUbuntu), I now have a least two more missing icons (Focus In/Out). I found the large text buttons were easy to use to focus in/out quickly.
Generally speaking, I found text buttons are clear and unambiguous which is great for new users adopting Indi and Ekos. A common upfront challenge is understanding the UI and control panel. Basic functions should be as bold and clear as possible without reliance on tooltips.

Speaking of misclicked setbacks, I have on more than one occasion accidentally clicked the Done button in the Polar Align Assistant when it appears in the same location as the Next button following the final solved frame. They should be separated, and a confirmation window would be nice upon completion.
INDI/KStars on Raspberry Pi 3B+
Lubuntu 16.04
Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount
Canon 600D Camera
Orion SSAG @280mm Guide Scope
PHD2
Adafruit Motor Hat shield
Adafruit GPS Module
Generic Bluetooth Joystick.
Startech 7 port powered USB Hub.
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Replied by TallFurryMan on topic Small Buttons Trend

Thanks for reporting this, would you mind sharing screenshots to point at the problems you experienced? UI is showing a lot of features and it's sometimes difficult to fit everything in...
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Replied by Ihoujin on topic Small Buttons Trend

Certainly. I've attached a few pictures. This first picture is how the focus module appears on my system. Note the small, blank buttons for manually driving the focuser. Previously these were large, clearly labeled buttons.

And here is an alternative mockup with an added fine focus feature for let's say 10% step size to eliminate the need to enter a new value below.


Also attached are other instances of missing icons.
Thank you.
INDI/KStars on Raspberry Pi 3B+
Lubuntu 16.04
Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount
Canon 600D Camera
Orion SSAG @280mm Guide Scope
PHD2
Adafruit Motor Hat shield
Adafruit GPS Module
Generic Bluetooth Joystick.
Startech 7 port powered USB Hub.
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