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Author Topic: Exasperating ergonomics of Kiwi SDR  (Read 164 times)

Offline Ray Lalleu

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Exasperating ergonomics of Kiwi SDR
« on: August 17, 2022, 1735 UTC »
Maybe it's because I use it on a small touchscreen, but :

- the waterfall is almost half covered by the tuning panel (I have to begin at the upper limit of a band, tuning downwards, to see both the waterfall -on the left side of the screen- and the tuning panel - on the right side of the screen)

- the touch buttons are much too close, so very often I miss the one I want to press, and then I'm  triggering anything else

- the strip of known stations above the waterfall is useless most of the time, a wasted place on the screen

- many options and settings are strangely placed, and often without any effect

In my sense, the Kiwi SDR software needs a complete redesign of its ergonomics.

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Offline NJQA

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Re: Exasperating ergonomics of Kiwi SDR
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2022, 1205 UTC »
Maybe it's because I use it on a small touchscreen, but :

Yes, this is where most of your frustration comes from.  When I access a KiwiSDR from a PC and normal size monitor, it works fine.   When I use an iPad (smaller screen) it works, but more of the screen is blocked and controls are a bit more difficult.

The station list at the top isnít that useful UNTIL you edit it for your particular needs.  On my KiwiSDRs I have deleted most of the default stations.  I edited it to include more useful information like channel numbers, etc.  On LF Iíve marked many of the semi-frequently heard stations.  This makes it easy to spot which weak stations are potentially something new vs something Iíve heard before.  Same thing on the 22M band.  After doing all of this I find it very useful.

I suppose they could code the interface to recognize when you are on a mobile device and give you a different interface screenÖ


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Re: Exasperating ergonomics of Kiwi SDR
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2022, 1334 UTC »
This is why SDR's (Satan Designed Radios) need knobs. Add a knob or four and your problems are gone.

 

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