ATTENTION USERS: Help us with usability improvements!


#1

Hi all,

Later in the year, the software engineers on the CP team would like to improve the usability of two modules in particular: LoadImages and IdentifyPrimaryObjects. These modules are among the most powerful to use, and for the same reason, can often be the most confusing to use, especially for beginners. So we’re hoping to streamline things a bit, and we’d like your thoughts in these two areas:

We’re asking users to post to this thread their thoughts on any (or all) the following issues.

How can we make LoadImages easier to use?
For example:

  • What current features/settings do you find easy to use? Difficult to use?
  • What software have you used that does a good job of showing the user how to load images? (e.g., ImageJ, Photoshop, etc)
  • Do you like the options presented in LoadImages as they are currently, or prefer a wizard
    (i.e., step-by-step guide), or something entirely? - What do you wish LoadImages would just “magically” know about your images, and be able to fill in without your help? (e.g., metadata, channel info, etc)
  • For those who extract metadata from the filename, how could this process be made easier?
  • Is there anything about specifying the input/output folders that you would change?

How can we make IdentifyPrimaryObjects easier to use?
For example:

  • What current features/settings do you find easy to use? Difficult to use?
  • What software have you used that does a good job of showing the user how to identify objects? (e.g., ImageJ, MetaMorph, etc)
  • Would more user interaction help with configuration of settings? For example, a user could be prompted to click on the smallest/largest isolated cells and CP would use that info to fill in the min/max diameter settings.
  • Do you think a “Simple” and “Advanced” mode would be useful? (The Advanced mode could be the interface as it is now, while the Simple mode would be a more basic version, asking minimal questions for more straightforward assays.) What questions should the Simple mode ask?

Again, feel free to answer the questions above or just post any of your thoughts on the subject in general.

Thanks!
-The CellProfiler team


#2

Hi all,

By way of a follow-up, we have roadmap now on our developer’s wiki, with nascent plans and ideas. It’s not intended to replace our detailed bug-tracking/feature request system, but instead to stay big-picture and prioritize the next year’s plans: cellprofiler.org/wiki/index.php/ … r_Roadmap#

In particular, those interested in this thread may want to check out this section: cellprofiler.org/wiki/index.php/ … provements

Thanks!
Mark