Hello ! I’ve just discovered DMX and see a great potential for my use cases, as well as some frustrations as a first time user, which I think can be lifted.
Expectations : I’m looking for a software to jot down some items and connect them, without hierarchy. I was greatly inspired by this image and decided to give DMX a try.
Also : I do not want to have to read through the documentation for the basic stuff…
Version : I tried DMX-beta-7 on Windows.
User Experience :
First impression : Initial screen is almost empty and ready to be filled. Great. Sounds intuitive.
Create a first item. I double clicked to create a first item. Doesnt do anything. I still write it here to show you what was my (personal) first guess.
2a. Tried right click. A Search window appears. This is not what I expected. I tried a few things, but eventually I had to dig out the documentation to understand that this Search window is also the one that allows you to create an item.
Quick fix : instead of “Search”, write “Create / Search” ?
2a1 : I write a word and type enter. Does not work. It took me also a few seconds to understand I had to select the “Topic Type”.
- However, it’s great that this Topic Type is retained for the next items. This allows me afterwards to right click, type a word, press enter, repeat. Good. But doesnt work the first time.
- quick fix : have a default option ? Like “Notes” ? Or make it red ?
2b : Now that i understand how to create a new item, just a comment : on my version, the create/search windows shades all the screen and pops up with full width. In the process of jotting down 10 items this is quite disturbing :
- all my screen changes.
- I loose connection between the spatial point I clicked (possibly at the very bottom of my screen), and the text I’m now typing (top of my screen).
Fix : i’d rather be able to simply type directly in the background screen, similarly to OneNote for instance ?.. But, in that case, I loose the “Search” feature. Maybe mix that with 1. And allow double-click to simply fill in new items, right click to create/Search ?
- Connecting objects :
- that worked quite good. Only problem : whenever i connect two objets, the rectangle showing the connection details automatically appear. That’s disturbing and usually does not bring any new information.
Quick fix : do not show the connection details unless user explicitely click on the link
I did not find how to do that (including reading the doc). Commented about that in the beta-7 release topic.
Last one : it’s actually not obvious where to give Feedbacks. Maybe have a “Feedback / Suggestion” Tag in this forum ?
I hope these feedbacks can help !!