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Old 07-21-2006, 05:34 AM   #1
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to iRex: how to improve the ui

since some of us have had their iliad for a few days now, post your suggestions for an improved ui here (i hope they're still working on that and that it's not too late)

here is what came to my mind after using the iliad for a day (more to follow)

the book list:
- the listing of six titles per page is not enough. decrease the height of the displayed info box and bump it up to at least eight or ten books per page
- display of the titles is less than optimal. show the whole filename/title, not just the first thirteen characters. use the full width for the title and move further book infos to the next line
- i hope there will be some kind of database added to the 'bookshelf' so that i can add author and other info. showing the filename is not enough.
- there should be an option to group the books by author so that i don't have to click through ten pages (which is a pain in the a.. on the iliad) to get to the book i want
- the possibility to mark books read/unread would be appreciated
- if i insert a memory card/usb stick and there is a 'books' folder on it, the books from this folder should automatically be included in the book listing (when i click the 'books' button)
- the icon in front of the book listings is not necessary (in my opinion). i know that it's a book. so why display an icon for it. use the space to display more infos

edit:
reg. grouping by author:
maybe they can even add categories and genres, so that i can jump into the fiction/nonfiction, studies/personal or horror/science fiction section of my bookshelf.
thinking of it, they should have tree like this ->
category (for study/job ...) > genre (like horror/exams ...) > author > book listings
and they should add a favourites entry and maybe one for the last five books read (all accessible from the first page of the bookshelf with the category listings)

edit2:
corrected several spelling errors

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Old 07-21-2006, 06:04 AM   #2
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my perfect 'books' starting page would look like this (sorry for bad graphics).
all the entries would be linked to the matching file/category/whatever
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Old 07-21-2006, 06:41 AM   #3
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Hear, hear, I like your starting page! Add 1 vote to that.
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Old 07-21-2006, 06:44 AM   #4
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Old 07-21-2006, 07:15 AM   #5
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I agree mostly, but i would like to see icons, to reflect the different readers. But they can be WAY smaller.
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Old 07-22-2006, 06:06 PM   #6
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I think an other improve for the PDF Reader GUI would be to add a minmize button for the relatively high navigation bar on the bottom. This would then increase the viewable size for the PDF.
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Old 07-23-2006, 02:56 AM   #7
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I think the menu should pop down completely (like you can do with the taskbar in Windows), and should only show up if you take the stylus out, since you can't use it anyway without it.
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Old 07-23-2006, 03:25 AM   #8
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I must confess that I find the news/books/docs/notes buttons quite convenient. Thumbs up there.
Vvoi's starting page would be awesome!
It would add greatly to the userfriendlyness of the Iliads interface.
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Old 07-23-2006, 04:13 AM   #9
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displaying more of a book name would be a start, always hated that on the franklin ebookman where i had a series of books a couldn't see the book number so ended up having to open each book for clues to the sequence.
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Old 07-23-2006, 06:34 AM   #10
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yes, these 10 characters don't really cut it. What about changeable font sizes?

"last read" would be really great. I really like your interface.

until iRex delivers you might just use folders to get a reasonable structure.
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Old 07-23-2006, 07:13 AM   #11
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You should have multiple views of your files.
Last read would be really useful.
They should have a clock in the iconbar.
They should rearrange the main menu. Put settings and reference manuals last. (you usually need them only once each).
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This is more like what i want to see (just a quick sketch).
Especially, the status indicators (current page/totalpage) and if notes are taken. (maybe a bookmark indicator aswell, and a button to jump to the bookmarkpage directly)
A search button and a way to select the sort order.
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looks good tribble
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Old 07-23-2006, 08:33 AM   #14
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I heard that the 2.5 update will show us longer filenames...
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Who needs OS 2.5? I just progged a new fileviewer See it at work
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