The venerable old circle button sliders with pop-up value bubbles that PadMapper started with were just retired, giving way to new ones with a few advantages.
- Should be more IE friendlyÂ (the old range ones were hard to grab in IE7 to the point of being impossible to use, from what I’ve heard)
- Easier to figure out current settings without having to move them. The readout of their current settings is in two places – once under the title and again on the slider handles themselves. The value under the title helps in the problem case I’ll talk about below.
Their biggest drawback is that the range slider handles can now overlap, to the point of one being completely on top of the other. This makes it hard to create small ranges since one can’t see the value on the slider itself. This is mitigated somewhat by the readout below the title, but it’s not ideal. It’s also somewhat unintuitive when attempting to move the sliders after they’ve overlapped – it will only let you separate them in one way. Another drawback is that the sliders have sharp corners except in more modern browsers like Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. Sorry IE…
Hopefully these drawbacks are outweighed by the benefits. Please let me know your thoughts. Post here in the comments or email email@example.com .