Enhancement 2 - Eliminate the two stand alone windows of DAX and CAT and merge the same functionality directly into the main window of SmartSDR. DogparkSDR is an excellent example. His GUI is highly functional without having to resort to too many stand alone windows. Being able to access all SmartSDR functionality from a single window would be more efficient, and would also make it more aesthetically pleasing.
By the by, I primarily use Dogpark SDR. xDAX and xCAT, by an excellent third party developer, bring greater flexibility and capability to the Mac platform. Like their Windows counterparts, they run discreetly and reliably without the main GUI client.
I gotta throw my 2 cents into this discussion
I find the current Line Meters - red on black invisible to me albeit it is corrected with alternative colors on SSDR/iOS
There are already several analog meters available.. the best being Woodbox and Denzone
Yes they are not integrated
I prefer the Denzone because it reads out digital numbers which are so much more useful.
PLUS this is the 21st Century... Who really needs these analog approximations anymore.
I want Large DIGITAL NUMBERS for SWR, POWER and S-METER.
Better yet.. remove the Analog Meters completely - why copy the clutter of the 7610
Analogue; better when tuning for a peak or dip. Eg. Tuning in an AM station or matching an antenna. The (albeit, slight) delay inherrent in a digital meter makes it harder to discern where the peak or dip happens.
Digital; better in applications where adjusting to a particular level. Eg. Adjusting PA transistor bias current. Also, not prone to parallax error. I avoid the use of "precise level" because digital meters have quantisation error so they're only accurate to +/- 0.5 of the least significant bit.
But it's clearly subjective. I would therefore like to see both available on a user selectable basis. Even though in the context of an s-meter/power meter 'laboratory precision' is superfluous.
Footnote on "eye candy": the 'swoosh' on the front of the the new 6400/6600's is a classic example ;-)
Here is a mockup from an idea posted a year ago. It also recognizes the advantages/preferences of both analog and digital. And the importance of using colors that provide better visibility.
Here is a link to the idea:
Al / NN4ZZ
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
6700 & SSDR-W V 2.1.30
DogparkSDR is an excellent example. His GUI is highly functional without having to resort to too many stand alone windows.I thought it was the exact opposite with dpSDR. It has a separate HUD, and pan window. Then you have to use the menus accessible from the top of the mac screen to do some functions. BTW dpSDR doesn't have DAX and CAT built in. These are third party apps which also need loopback or some other program for them to work.
Keep in mind that SSDR is much different than PSDR were PSDR was computer based and all the hard work was done in the computer. Not so on SSDR, it is a light or thin client that runs independent of a computer for processing. So now we are only using the resources with in the the radio it self.
so in deciding what features to address it must need to be understood if we are just talking about a visual thing or will it effect in the radio resources to get it done, and by how much. Very careful planning is needed.
So, take advantage of the feature your radio has in it's ability to use other software to get what you want.