Tropy is very promising software for organizing photos of archival documents, magazines and newspapers. So I want to thank all creators of it.
But it has some usability drawbacks (IMHO, of course) which can be corrected to ease of its usage.
I see huge margins around photos in project view (grid), white space constantly occupies more than photos. I can’t distinguish one document from another even in maximized grid view (my documents usually are very similar). That isn’t very comfortable. I understand that it is only thumbnails, but maybe they can be bigger? Maybe user can decide what maximal size of thumbnail should be (maybe while importing photos). Now it is working well only with magazines photos because different covers. Latvian magazines are presented with much less white space around thumbnails and that looks more pleasant and useful: http://www.periodika.lv/periodika2-viewer/view/index-dev.html?lang=en#panel:pi|issue:/p_001_dadi1968n17|issueType:P
Users have different monitors so there is different user cases but white space add no value for any of users, I think.
Documentation mentions preview, but pressing space do nothing for me. I’m working in Linux, maybe that is the problem? Tropy version 1.8.
Working only (or mostly) with keyboard greatly speed up workflow. Tropy lacks some very important keyboard shortcuts as: add tag (and even when tag pane is focused, hitting Enter doesn’t activate “add tag”), focus to metadata and tag panes in both views, lists and tags list in project view, jump to notes text field or jump to the notes pane in item view. Maybe they exist, but I didn’t find them.
And I didn’t find a way to change size of gird view only by ctrl+mousewheel or only keyboard.
It would be very helpful to see all existing shortcuts in one dedicated page of documentation (now it lists only general shortcuts).
Can user select several tags or lists at once in project view? I don’t see such possibility now, but it could be very helpful to narrow sorting.
And user can’t go from one tag to another with keyboard (like user can in lists), only with mouse.
Focus isn’t retained with merged item after merging items but remains unchanged, so user must scroll up to see next document to merged.
That’s not criticism but wish to make Tropy better.