| | 09-07-08, 05:37 PM Thread Author #1
Improvements necessary for BBS Shortcuts!
Good to have BBSmart in here. I've been a very happy AlarmsPro user. I finally decided to try a few more applications, and one of the first ideas that came to mind was to see what BBSmart had to offer. So, I have downloaded and installed both the Email Viewer and Shortcuts. Email viewer looks like solid gold, but I've got a few issues with Shortcuts. So, before I pony up my dough, let me toss a few thoughts out to the BBSmart folks:
So, what's the biggest, most important concept for any PDA/smartphone software application?
MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THE PRECIOUS SCREEN REAL ESTATE THAT'S AVAILABLE.
OK? So, here's this unchangeable list of four categories:
But, gosh, you know --- I don't use Messaging, and I will never use messaging, but I have to waste NOT ONE, BUT TWO WHOLE LINES in this display for it -- it's just absolutely, totally wasted screen real estate for me.
So, please, let us choose which "categories" we want displayed, or not. You could even go so far as to let us choose the order those categories show onscreen, too.
Heck, please let us choose whether we even want to have those categories SHOWN or not.
These simple changes would make this program about 100% more effective to me.
I would also point out that, at least on my Curve, things look just like they do on your example screens -- each "shortcut name" takes up somewhat less than one-third of the line it doesn't even begin to fill. Golly, you could split the shortcut lines into three columns, and we could squeeze a whole bunch of shortcuts onto that screen. Now, that would be cool! And productive!
OK, so that's the really, really easy stuff. After those improvements, then you could make it do what I'll bet every single user who first tries the program does -- something like this:
Cool, time to add a new shortcut. Let's add an "Email" shortcut. Really easy so far. So, I get into the "Name:" field in the "New Email Shortcut" box, and I figure I can just push the trackball, and it'll bring up my Address Book so I can choose a name. And the same would go for the e-mail address field.
Golly gosh, I guess not. Gotta go dig out that e-mail address, and type the thing in.
I presume you get the picture. The program really should be able to go "find" this information, if we would like to go browse through our Address Books and such.
Otherwise, the concept and the execution of the program is great, so far. But the above would be my list of improvements, in order of importance. Oh, how I hate to waste perfectly good screen real estate -- let's make the most of it!
Thanks for listening!