Reaction Design - ideas to reduce confusion
|Opened on:||Friday, June 26, 2020 - 19:07|
|Last modified:||Friday, July 10, 2020 - 22:21|
Some suggestions to make Reaction Design tool less confusing (not all my ideas, some swiped shamelessly from vet chat):
1. When I choose a new reagent, do not reposition the base element in my puzzle - leave the base where it is, and just substitute the reagent. Show the "candidate ghost" aligned on my existing base. If I am changing bases, try to align so reagent 1 will at least be near where my current reagent 1 is, etc.
2. When showing the base and reagents in the mini-windows in the tool, start all of them at the same angle: e.g. choose a default position for the base, and show the reagents in the orientation they would be if attached to that base in that position. Then we can see what is different between them. ["Oh these have the same 2 hexagons, but one's blue elbow is up and the other's blue elbow is down."] Even better would be to show them in the orientation they would be if we added them to our current base at the current camera angle. If we can't see the patterns because things are all turned differently, you are not getting our best pattern-recognition skills.
3. Nice to have: a way to reset the reagents to default display position if we have spun them around in their mini-windows, by re-opening the tool or with a "recenter" button or something. If their initial position is based on the current position of our base in our puzzle window, and we move our puzzle camera, being able to align them all to the new camera angle would be great.
4. In the current puzzle, column 3 is just chirality of the base. It would be less confusing to have two bases that differ only in chirality in the upper window, and not have column 3. Save columns for things I am actually attaching to my base. 2 columns = 2 attachments, etc. If you want to offer us 3 bases, each in 2 chiralities, just list them as 6 bases in the upper window. If they are all aligned the same way in the display, we'll figure it out.
5. It would help a lot if the base and each reagent could have its own color of highlighting in the "candidate ghost". Then I know reagent 1 is the purple bit and reagent 2 is the cyan bit, or whatever. Maybe you could give us RGB pickers (in a secondary dialog) for each one, or put their glow colors in the options file or something, since different people find different colors hard to see.
6. In the tool, show us which one in each set is currently in the puzzle.
7. In the tool, give the bases and reagents numbers so we can remember and talk about what we have tried. ["I'm using base 2 and reagents 1 and 3, what are you using?"] If we can't talk about what we're doing, you are not getting our best collaboration skills.