I'd like to make a new suggestion or two, and simultaneously bump this thread so some old suggestions might get some attention...
It'd be nice if the scrolling dotted line that indicates ship move orders was enhanced in several ways:
-Highlight currently selected fleet's path differently. Right now, you can't easily tell which move path corresponds to which fleet. I suggest a somewhat dimmer / greyish animated line for not-selected fleets, and a bright white line for the selected fleet.
-Indicate what portion of a multi-turn move order will be travelled during the next turn. It's hard to get a good sense of distance scale with then map can zoom in and out.
-Have the first portion of the move order animated line go from the fleet icon's location to a spot half-way along the first starlane leg of the journey, then along the starlane to the first system that will be reached, rather than going all the way to the first system without following any of the first starlane's path. This would make things clearer in some cases, and nicer looking IMO.
-Give some way to discern which move order goes which way when two fleets have order paths that travel along the same stretch of starlane for part of the way. Right now, it's difficult or impossible to tell which fleet is going where after their pathes diverge.
-Make fleet icons stay the same size, independent of zoom level!! (please!!) Right now, zooming out makes it almost impossible to find the one-pixel hotspot to click a fleet. (Make the hotspot larger in general, actually: the size of the larger mouseover-highlighted fleet icon, rather than the unhighlited icon).
-Would be nice if starlanes didn't change size with zoom as well. Changing their appearance might also be good. Ones seen here were popular: http://www.freeorion.org/forum/viewtopi ... 3861#13861
-IMO it'd be better if star images also didn't change size, but there seems to be some disagreement about this.