Why does MD waste so much screen space?

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Jim

08 Sep, 2022 11:20 PM

(Using version 2022.5 but same applies to 2017.6): Why does MD waste so much space on its Summary Screen? Most of it just filled with docs, as in:

MyBankAccount ........................................................................................................................................... $1.00

instead of:

MyBankAccount ......................... $1.00

That happens on both columns so unless you have a big screen and are willing to let MD take over all of it, you can't see the whole "Summary" - you have to use the horizontal scrollbar to see what you're missing. Other programs let you resize the columns, but that doesn't seem to be an option in MD.

I like to see other programs when I'm running MD so I don't want MD to take over the whole screen. For instance, I like to see the web page for my credit union so I can compare it's tally to MD's. But MD won't let me do that because it wants to show so many dots.

So why is MD so greedy about screen real estate ? How hard will it be to fix?

BTW, this is on Ubuntu Linux 22.04 LTS.

  1. 1 Posted by dwg on 09 Sep, 2022 02:46 AM

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    There are a number of factors that come into play in determining Moneydance's use of screen real estate.

    The size of the side bar is determined by the size you set using the control at the bottom of the bar. The single or dual columns of the central section is a little more involved. The overall size of the Window is one determinate, the other is the width of the largest widget. For example if you have particular long descriptions in your reminders this will set quite a large width for all widgets, perhaps the developer could look at more aggressive truncation of things like this.

  2. 2 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 09 Sep, 2022 05:55 AM

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    As dwg says… you must have something that is being displayed with a very loooong name/description and MD does not truncate it. This then becomes the width for all the items and widgets and fills the space with dots. You need to find the offending item and truncate the name/description.

  3. 3 Posted by uxzqrgvuhpvx on 10 Sep, 2022 12:35 AM

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    No, none of my accounts have a long name or description.

    However, I found a workaround and a repeatable test case that replicates
    the problem.

    I used File/Preferences/Summary to eliminate all the items in the right
    column. So now I have only one column. I can resize the window so it's very
    narrow (eg 3 inches on my screen) and the subwindows appropriately reduce
    the number of dots so the column is properly displayed - good so far.

    Then I started adding items back into the right column, one by one. I added
    Reminders, Credit Cards, Stock Prices, Expenses Graph ... no problem. But
    then I added Stock Glance and presto - the problem re-appears. Both the
    left and right columns expand with lots of extraneous dots, and the
    horizontal scrollbar appears. Yes, even the LEFT column expands even though
    Stock Glance is in the RIGHT column.

    Granted, Stock Gance is a wide item that may cause the effect that you
    alluded to when you suggested that I had a long name or description. That
    may justify widening the right column (that's where Stock Glance is), but
    why is the left column also widened? Do you not have independent widths for
    the two columns? Are they forced to be the same width so the window looks
    "even"? That seems an unnecessary allocation of precious screen real estate
    for one item.

  4. 4 Posted by dwg on 10 Sep, 2022 01:52 AM

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    The width of one widget sets the width of all widgets to be the same, it is global, the column they are in makes no difference

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