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Old 05-05-2009, 08:05 PM
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Modernization of SecureCRT's UI

All,

As a software developer myself (Video Game Industry), I have strong believes that presentation goes a long way. Now, when I used to do Linux software development, I lived in SecureCRT 8+ hours a day. I don't use as much now, rather 1-2 hours a day.

As a number of people have mentioned over the years, SecureCRT has a somewhat dated interface. I know that many of you will agree with me that the presentation of this app doesn't really matter, and it's the functionality that does. However, presentation and display does weigh in somewhat.

Personally, I think the MS ribbon interface is amazing and many non-Microsoft software apps have picked this up and received critical acclaim for it. (Raxco's PerfectDisk is one that comes to mind.) However, even if we couldn't get a ribbon look, how many of you would agree that new/updated icons and library support for Windows Vista and Windows 7 is due?

Again, functionality-wise SecureCRT is killer and there isn't any app available that does what it does, as easy and pleasant as it does it. However, it'd be great to have a more pleasing look.

What do you all think?
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:49 AM
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Agreed. I've submitted similar requests, and VanDkye is receptive.
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:31 AM
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It's only about UI style and not about UI functionality, right?
I mostly use XP with the classic theme, so I haven't really noticed the lack of Vista/W7 style.
I've also disabled the toolbar.
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:46 AM
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I'm not a big fan of the ribbon and prefer a decent looking toolbar and find scrt to have a nice GUI the way it is today. A couple of things i don't like about the ribbon is that it take up more space compared to the smaller toolbar. Also what make the ribbon useless i think is the lack of being able to easily customize the ribbon. With the toolbar you can easily add, remove and change the buttons to customize the toolbar the way you prefer. Most products with a ribbon then you do not have the option to easily customize the ribbon.

With regards to the icons i find the current icons to look ok and don't miss more fancy looking icons. What i think would be nice is to include more icons with SCRT by default. Like when you add more buttons to the toolbar most of the functions don't have an icon so you have to create one on your own which is pretty boring. For example "reconnect all", "disconnect all", "print" and most other functions do not have an icon by default so you have to waste a lot of time if you want to have decent looking toolbar when you add those functions to the toolbar.

If the ribbon will be standard in a future version of scrt i hope they will include the option to easily customize the ribbon or even better make it optional to you can still use the good old toolbar. I think the functionality is the most important, but of course the GUI is somehow important as well. Another thing i find important is the speed so if they make the GUI very fancy and the result is that scrt become slow to start and use that would be s shame.

Regarding the speed of the application i also think Vandyke should consider using some kind of a session database instead of the .ini files they use today for the sessions. I have SCRT installed on a computer with more then 1200 sessions and when i click on the connect button to display all the sessions it's pretty slow with 1200 .ini files that have to be read.

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Old 05-06-2009, 07:20 AM
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Hi all,

Great to hear from both sides of the spectrum!

I've added a feature request for the ability to use more modern icons or a more modern toolbar. This should not incur a usage penalty either in startup or speed of application during usage.

If we add this feature we'll post a follow up message to this forum thread. For peronal e-mail notification should this feature be added, please let us know.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:21 AM
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There are plenty of opportunities for improvement. Here is a mock-up UI dialog that merges the Connect and Session Properties dialogs. No reason they should be separate.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:43 AM
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Thanks MrC,

I've updated your request entry in our database (from 12/2008) to show you're still interested in a revised GUI interface. It looks like a pretty big makeover. We'll post a follow up message if we implement the change. Let us know if you'd also like e-mail notification should the change be implemented.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:58 AM
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There are plenty of opportunities for improvement. Here is a mock-up UI dialog that merges the Connect and Session Properties dialogs. No reason they should be separate.
I have to say that i actually prefer the way it is today where the settings is a bit more separated from the connect dialogbox. In case of such a merge there should be an option to expand/collapse the settings part or a global settings where you can choose to show or not show the settings in the connect dialogbox. I think the current connect dialogbox is simple and clean and just the way it should be.

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Old 05-06-2009, 11:28 AM
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...there should be an option to expand/collapse the settings part or a global settings where you can choose to show or not show the settings in the connect dialogbox. ...
Right. Expand and collapse is a common mechanism utilized to allow "increasing disclosure" (provide simple UI, with advanced options available as user drills down). There are plenty of apps that implement this.

But UIs are very personal.
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:18 AM
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I think I'm going to do a few mock-up's of what I personally think would work and see what you all think.
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We have added some new themes and updated the toolbar icons in a pre-beta version of SecureCRT. If you'd like to try it, please send me email at Maureen.Jett@vandyke.com.

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Old 02-02-2016, 06:13 PM
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Hi Maureen,

good job. I like the new UI but is there way to customize the connection icons in the session manager window e.g. different icons for different connection type SSH/Telnet/Serial etc ?

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Old 02-03-2016, 07:11 AM
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Hi Klefisch,

This functionality is not presently available.

I have added this thread to a feature request in our product enhancement database to add the ability to change session icon for protocol type. Should a future release of SecureCRT include this feature, notification will be posted here.

If you prefer direct email notification, send an email to support@vandyke.com and include "Feature Request - Forum Thread #3595" in the subject line or use this form from the support page of our website.
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