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Old 01-15-2007, 04:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We're now focused on a UI design change for version 5 of PocketDay. Interestingly enough, Yahoo's product has some similar features to what we are thinking of implementing (all of these features will only be available on BlackBerry OS version 4.2 with Trackballs)...

Using the Trackball to scroll Left and Right will bring up a floating icon list to switch views. Views will take up the entire screen so that the following can take place:
  • EMail screen will show the most recent x emails (read and unread)
  • Missed calls will show the phone log
  • Weather will show the 7-day forcast by default
  • Calendar will show any number of days forward
  • You'll be able to have multiple weather screens, PD List, etc.
  • Background images will be supported

Of course, you can still use the current PocketDay classic screen if you like as well.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks,

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Old 01-15-2007, 04:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds great - can't wait for a new UI (although I do like the current one)...

Go for it!
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Sounds great! Sign me up as a beta tester!!!
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Sounds great! Sign me up as a beta tester!!!

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Old 01-15-2007, 05:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i like the new yahoo interface for the bb i think it could work real well for pocketday... cant wait to see the next release..keep up the great work and support
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All,

We're now focused on a UI design change for version 5 of PocketDay. Interestingly enough, Yahoo's product has some similar features to what we are thinking of implementing (all of these features will only be available on BlackBerry OS version 4.2 with Trackballs)...

Using the Trackball to scroll Left and Right will bring up a floating icon list to switch views. Views will take up the entire screen so that the following can take place:
  • EMail screen will show the most recent x emails (read and unread)
  • Missed calls will show the phone log
  • Weather will show the 7-day forcast by default
  • Calendar will show any number of days forward
  • You'll be able to have multiple weather screens, PD List, etc.
  • Background images will be supported

Of course, you can still use the current PocketDay classic screen if you like as well.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks,

crs

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Old 01-15-2007, 06:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Please, please, please...whatever you do. DON'T Bloat the app and make it slower!!!

Whatever you do, ALWAYS allow for us to use the current interface at the current speed we enjoy today. OR, if you DO bloat/slow down the app, allow for the purchase of the old version for old users.

You have NO idea how much I refer to PD everyday, all day. If it changed for the worse, that would be a real bummer.

Other than that, best of luck and I hope you sell loads more licenses and stay around for a long time
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I really like the Yahoo go interface, so this sounds good.
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We will always keep the current interface running. It's quite efficient and many people love it.

What we're trying to do is provide more options for people and add functionality at the same time. For example, with email you'll be able to see the most recent 50 or so emails (both read and unread)...the most recent phone logs, not just missed calls.

You'll be able to have multiple weather profiles ready and waiting without switching, multiple pocketday lists open without switching, and more.
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We will always keep the current interface running. It's quite efficient and many people love it.

What we're trying to do is provide more options for people and add functionality at the same time. For example, with email you'll be able to see the most recent 50 or so emails (both read and unread)...the most recent phone logs, not just missed calls.

You'll be able to have multiple weather profiles ready and waiting without switching, multiple pocketday lists open without switching, and more.

Functionality is good. Don't forget the shortcuts . The Yahoo interface is really clean. While the app can be slow it can do quite a bit. I have searched my emails using it. The weather is simple. The stocks could be easier. But did I mention how clean it looks. IMO PD looks like very outdated compared to this GUI. Please don't take offense. I assume that is why you are updating it.
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nooo...don't listen to Stinsondog!!!

There is NOTHING wrong with "outdated" UI's...or PocketDay's UI for that matter Doesn't look "outdated" to me. It's clean and to the point. NOTHING wrong with that.. (Not that I'm a fanboy or anything... ) LOL

Change, simply for changes sake, has destroyed more SW than I can remember.


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I've come from a S60v3 world where I miss dearly the "Active Standby" screen, which I thought was a terrific UI and is in the vein of what Yahoo and your team are looking like. Here are two examples of the screen (not inline linking on purpose):

Landscape:
http://www.thisismobility.com/blog/w...ve-standby.jpg

Portrait:
http://www.mobileburn.com/media/noki...n-IMG_0466.jpg

The row of icons at the top is a configurable scroll list like in the T-Mobile Zen theme you find on the Pearl along the bottom. The items below that are plugins, so you can enable/disable each one. Scrolling down and clicking on an item brings up that app, of course.

I like this... transparent? look-through approach to the UI, and that it also uses the standard phone (theme) UI for the battery/signal/etc. at the very top. It's a very usable UI, uncluttered but functional enough for at-a-glance information that doesn't look junky. There are some themes with this Pearl that come close but not close enough... (Today Plus is about the closest)
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Don't make me come over there and hook a battery up to those electrodes
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Take a good look at Agenda Fusion or Datebook for the Pocket PC. Model your interface and functionality after those apps and yours will sell like hot cakes.
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I think it would be great to be able to scroll within a function/module. For example - you set PD to show the last 10 unread emails. But if you hold the alt key (or something) and use the trackwheel, you can scroll within the email module. Am I making any sense?

As always, I would be happy to try and break it
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All,

We're now focused on a UI design change for version 5 of PocketDay. Interestingly enough, Yahoo's product has some similar features to what we are thinking of implementing (all of these features will only be available on BlackBerry OS version 4.2 with Trackballs)...

Using the Trackball to scroll Left and Right will bring up a floating icon list to switch views. Views will take up the entire screen so that the following can take place:
  • EMail screen will show the most recent x emails (read and unread)
  • Missed calls will show the phone log
  • Weather will show the 7-day forcast by default
  • Calendar will show any number of days forward
  • You'll be able to have multiple weather screens, PD List, etc.
  • Background images will be supported

Of course, you can still use the current PocketDay classic screen if you like as well.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks,

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Is it not possible to give a legacy device like the 8700 the option of assigning keys to simulate the trackball instead of hot keys? Could we not assign u, h, j, k, l, n, as up, left, center/enter, right, down? It would add a huge customer base for the new features if this could be accommodated, just a thought.
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For me, having one screen with appointments, calls and messages that can be accessed with one shortcut key, as the home screen to pd today screen is important. I usually check the weather, news, stocks but mostly just want fast access to one screen for my main pda information.

The yahoo interface is nice, but I don't want to be spinning a wheel looking for messages. The best thing about pocketday is it is easy to have a customized, fast access view of what is important to the user.

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i like the today plus theme a lot. if you could expand on this and have tabs for call logs, calender, messages, stocks, etc this could be very cool. one of the tabs could be most commonly used programs and have their icons. i have a pearl and would like to get back many of the shortcuts lost from the 8700. one key presses to get where you want to go are GOOD ... looking forward to the new UI!

Eric

PS - When is the ETA of 5.x?

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I am very interested in this program and would love any and all info on this product.

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Go to Cross River Systems for info..
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