This week has been great. After addressing a small potential interface improvement (link), I stumbled upon what I believe to be a major simplification and major improvement to the interface in Zen of Sudoku.
This new method gets rid of the pop-up number chooser entirely. This approach also lets me get rid of Advanced Mode, "number mode" and a slew of other interface complexities. It replaces all of them with a totally different way of choosing numbers. The potential downsides are:
1. Alienate you guys - you probably bought the game assuming basics like this wouldn't change. 2. Require right mouse button for pencil marks. This is one of those cardinal assumptions I had when designing the game, but I think it is trumped by the fact that the entire interface becomes so much simpler as a result.
Take a look at this demo movie to see how the new interface works. It's so obvious I can't believe I hadn't tried it before.
Please let me know what you think about this! After playing with it for a couple days, I believe it's much better, but I'm not the average user either...