Good day to all.
I’ve been spending some time playing with the DSOnano and am becoming increasingly unhappy with the current menu structure.
I have some thoughts and I’d like to toss them out for others to comment upon. I’m hoping that some of our good ideas might make it into an upcoming firmware update.
My most important thought is that I think that the 4-way rocker switch should default to adjusting the time-base and vertical sensitivity. Up makes the vertical input MORE sensitive, Down makes the vertical input LESS sensitive. Right makes the timebase SHORTER (higher frequency), Left makes the timebase LONGER (lower frequency).
Pressing the “M” button once makes the menu active. Pressing the “M” button again turns the menu stuff off and turns the 4-way rocker back into V & H adjustments again.
The reason for having the 4-way rocker adjust Vertical and Timebase adjustments is those are the two things that need adjusting ALL THE TIME when you are actually USING the DSOnano for real work.
Next item up for discussion: How to navigate the menu structure.
I strongly feel that we should explore the idea I mentioned earlier: navigate the menu using only the Left and Right keys to move to different items; use the Up and Down keys to change items within the selected menu item.
The basic idea is that you treat the menu items as if they were in a circle - Left moves you Counter-clockwise, Right moves you Clockwise. Yeah - that means that pressing the Right button while you are on the bottom row actually move you Left. I think I can get used to that fairly quickly.
I’m not convinced that this is the best navigation method out there but I think strongly enough about it that I’d like to see a firmware version made available that implements that technique so that I could work with it for a day or two or three and see if it fits the way I work.
I’d be happy to write the code changes if someone else is willing to compile those changes into a working firmware file. I’m just not set up for it yet.
Finally, I’d sure appreciate comments from others about this.