Bug #8720

different terms used for tether mode: "Capture" and "Tethering"

Added by Richard Wonka over 7 years ago. Updated almost 7 years ago.

Closed: won't fix
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This might be better unified, like all plugins are now called modules. :-)

I like "Capture" better.


#1 Updated by Simon Spannagel over 7 years ago

  • Affected Version set to git development version
  • % Done changed from 0 to 20
  • Target version set to Candidate for next patch release
  • Status changed from New to Triaged

This might be something for your wording branch, no? :)

Actually I like "Tethering" better since it's more precise.

#2 Updated by Richard Wonka over 7 years ago

Simon Spannagel wrote:

This might be something for your wording branch, no? :)

True. What implications does changing this have on the rest of the system? I hope this is just a name and not used as a reference in the code?

Actually I like "Tethering" better since it's more precise.

Hmm.. for consistency, let's see what things mean.

What is currently used in darktable:
  • lighttable - describes a specific professional working environment
  • darkroom - describes another professional working environment as well: a room.
  • Capture - describes what we do in this mode.
  • Tethering - describes the technical setup using a physical connection. (Which might change with more wireless stuff being built into cameras and SD cards.)

So how about using studio? The Term studio matches best the names of the other two modes in its meaning. It describes the working environment where capturing and tethering happens (at least mostly, I would think).

I think this makes it a very round and solid package with three modes that describe the working context of what the software's application in each mode, independent of technological change.

I can even see the workflow physically. We move from the studio to the lighttable to the darkroom. It makes some real-world sense.

#3 Updated by Tobias Ellinghaus over 7 years ago

I would also vote for keeping "tethering". It's also the first name a photographer will look for. Noone will know what to expect when he clicks on "studio".

#4 Updated by Tobias Ellinghaus over 7 years ago

Just another thought: It might make sense to keep both "tethering" and "capture" as these are not necessarily the same. "Capture" means just that, capturing an image, while "tethering" means that you connect the camera to the computer. If you are capturing images or doing other stuff like changing camera settings doesn't matter.

#5 Updated by Simon Spannagel almost 7 years ago

  • System set to all
  • % Done changed from 20 to 0
  • Status changed from Triaged to Closed: won't fix

True. Closing.

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