This is a request to make an interface more efficient. It’s not a feature request per se but I don’t know where else to make this suggestion.
After manually annotating thousands of observations, I have a concrete suggestion that will make the bulk annotation process more usable. I use “Identify” via the web interface where each annotation requires two clicks plus a scroll to the arrow that advances the frame. My suggestion reduces the two clicks to one.
Every time I annotate an observation, I have to activate the appropriate select menu (one click) and then select the desired menu item (two clicks). This two-click procedure is not strictly necessary. Once selected, the menu items can remain exposed in the frame, eliminating the need to activate the select menu each time an annotation is made.
The select menu is the culprit. Simply eliminate the select menu. In its place, expose a sequence of checkboxes or radio buttons (depending on whether the choices are mutually exclusive).
It’s not necessary to expose the checkboxes (or radio buttons) of all annotations, all the time. Using submenus, the checkboxes (or radio buttons) of each annotation could be exposed or not, at the user’s discretion. When the frame is advanced, the annotation interface is preserved, which essentially reduces the number of clicks to one per annotation. That doesn’t sound like much, but over a large number of annotations, the savings in user effort would be substantial.