In Review Board 2.5, we’re working on polishing up bits of the UI, while at the same time keeping a level of familiarity. We’re not going for a radically changed UI, but rather something that feels more like an evolution of what we had.
So tonight, we have two small polish changes going in that we’re playing with.
A more appealing comment dialog
The first is a softer, less boxy-feeling comment dialog. Here’s how it looked before:
Here’s how it looks now.
We’ve softened the borders, added some rounded corners, moved the dirty state indicator into the title, and added a slight drop shadow to help it pop. We also made it a bit larger by default, giving you more room to write in.
Again, nothing revolutionary, but nicer to look at.
A less bold chunk highlighter
When navigating through chunks of a diff, Review Board would highlight the selected chunk by surrounding it with 2px-wide black borders. While effective, this was a bit of an eye-sore.
We’re trying something a bit more subtle, yet still quite visible, and cleaner.
We’ll still be tweaking all this, and we’re not aiming for any new massive changes in 2.5 at this point (2.6 and 3.0 may have some more refinements/redesigns though). Our aim is to make 2.5 just feel a lot more comfortable and clean, compared to 2.0.