Pulled down a copy of "main" the other day for reasons I can't really explain. Got it running.
Personally, I do not like that, too. Perhaps we should discuss again ...
2) so now the top bar is frozen, the left side bar is a frame with a scrollbar, and the main display part of the page is also a frame?! (yes, they're not really frames. no, it's still not a good thing. why in the world do I need to have three sets of scrollbars? one was plenty.) So now my overall interface is SMALLER, since when I scroll down the top bar consumes part of my display. Not everyone has, or indeed even can use uber high res screens. Please keep in mind those of us who are constrained to 1024 verticals (for technical and or vision reasons).
Being able to scroll the left menu was a requirement, as many plugins add items to the menu. We want to scroll it independently from the main part.
I accept the "save data" thingy. But the tabs (especially on the graph templates) apply a structure to the huge amount of options available with latest rrdtool.
We/I indeed started with a huge seuqntial list of options. But then, you're scrolling back and forth, no joy.
So I started to implement "sections" (implemented as tables), allowing them to be reduced to their headings to save space.
According to our "general move to a tabbed interface", I then replaced those "sections" by "tabs". I suppose, it is more a fact of likings whether you prefer tabs over "sections"
4) at the bottom of the devices page - "return" wtf does that mean? turns it out means "cancel". come on. "save" vs "cancel" was perfectly reasonable. "return" is just stupid. (MAYBE if you detected that the page was changed vs unchanged and switched the label around....but really, why?
Return returns to the list view
6) where did color templates go? (or are they part of a plugin I'm using...)
Yep, that's the AGGREGATE plugin.
I appreciate your response and the time you've spent to work with this pre-alpha code. In case you find any bugs, please use http://bugs.cacti.net
And in case you have more feedback on the UI, please post.