Redesign of Install/Uninstall tab - Concepts

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06 Dec, 2009 04:47 AM

I spent the day playing around with some different layouts for the redo of the Install/Uninstall screen to make it more "user friendly". I'm attaching a few screenshots to this message.

Obviously none of these are exactly how they would look, more just to get a feel for the general layouts.

I'd love some input on what you like, don't like, etc.

  1. 1 Posted by Gaias(Bio-Boy 3... on 06 Dec, 2009 07:45 AM

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    I will say that I would prefer the general setup of the last UI, as it has a cleaner approach to the installed mod listings. What I would like to see is the installed list on the right hand side as per 1.72 version. Seeing how we are taught to read left to right, it was more natural in the way it was displayed.

    I feel that the url linking to the site of the mod is rather unnecessary and was wondering if a general 'Link' could be placed within the installed mods list. I also wouldn't mind if the function buttons were above the details window for ease of use and the install meter under the details window.

  2. 2 Posted by cansel isiksel on 06 Dec, 2009 10:34 AM

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    I agree. The fifth one. It is more vertical with the advantage of displaying a greater number of rows for mods. Also if you are not gonna put more any more text than this under the INSTALL/UNINSTALL/CONFIGURE buttons, you may pull those down as much as you can to give some more rows to the Details frame.

  3. 3 Posted by Alex "Alex... on 06 Dec, 2009 10:55 AM

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    I have made a small (amateurish) sketch on how i think the layout would look good.
    I moved the list again on the right side and gave it two buttons above it to switch between mods and official DLC (because such a sorting option would be helpfull i belive), and moved the other stuff to the left and made the info window bigger.
    Maybe the install Bar should be below the Text and the Buttons on the left side, but thats not so important i think.

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by jwvanderbeck on 06 Dec, 2009 03:30 PM

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    Well I must say i'm surprised to see everyone wanting the list on the right. Standard UI design would put it on the left, because you tend to arrange the UI by order of operations, with the first tasks being top left, and last tasks bottom right. But hey i'm game :)

    On the issue of the URL, I really do feel it is necessary. As a mod author myself, I like my URL being visible to people who may want to check on updates or maybe see what else I have made. It isn't possible for it to be put into the list without a ton of work creating a custom windows form control.

  5. 5 Posted by Scott Ryan on 06 Dec, 2009 04:07 PM

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    My vote would go towards the 5th option. I think it's nicely laid out and gives you a larger view of installed mods than the more horizontal layouts.

    I'm not to sure why people would want the list on the right though.... left seems much more natural to me.

  6. 6 Posted by Alex "Alex... on 06 Dec, 2009 04:12 PM

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    I am not sure why i feel the list should be on the right side, i guess its because of the scroll bar, i am used to searching for scroll bars on the right of the window and it irritates me when theres one in the middle of the application.

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by jwvanderbeck on 06 Dec, 2009 11:53 PM

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    First, I want to say that I do value everyone's input, both on this and in other matters as we move forward. However I have decided to keep the mod list on the left hand side, as it just works much better in operation.

    Most languages (and I mean no offense if your native language is the exception) read Left to Right, as such we also process information in the same manner. It is just much more natural to work left to right, first selecting a mod on the left, then looking to the right to see its details, or to perform an operation.

    Attached is a pretty much final version of what this is going to end up as.

  8. Support Staff 8 Posted by jwvanderbeck on 07 Dec, 2009 12:43 AM

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    The filter works really well, and is a nice little "quality of life" feature for those of you with tons of mods!

  9. 9 Posted by nonameform on 07 Dec, 2009 06:29 AM

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    I managed to miss that discussion completely and made a ticket about UI instead. Hopefully that will teach me how not to be hasty in the future.

    For those interested, it's ticket #60.

  10. 10 Posted by cansel isiksel on 07 Dec, 2009 12:56 PM

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    last one looks quite nice.

  11. 11 Posted by Alex "Alex... on 08 Dec, 2009 03:44 AM

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    I can live with the list on the left =)

  12. jwvanderbeck closed this discussion on 08 Dec, 2009 06:55 AM.

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