Improve Navigation in the Reader
Some of these items are things I feel are good general suggestions. Some of them are choices that reflect my personal style. I went a bit overboard on this one, much more than intended; I certainly don't mean to suggest that the current interface is bad. I love the Bible App. The developers are doing an awesome job. These are just some random suggestions and opinions regarding navigation in the main reader. I don't claim these are better, just my personal, alternative suggestions.
- Swipe Left => Next Page
- Swipe Right => Prev Page
- Two-Finger Swipe Left => Next Chapter
- Two-Finger Swipe Right => Prev Chapter
- Two-Finger Swipe Down => Next Bible/Commentary if reading one of those types of resource, rotating when reaching the end of list. If other type, then rubber band to indicate there is nowhere to go.
- Two-Finger Swipe Up => Prev Bible/Commentary
- Two-Finger Rotate => ??? Can't think of anything sensible for this gesture
- Pinch Zoom => Change Font Size
Note: Adding scrolling to the app will change some of these.
BACK BUTTON - When the back button is pressed and there are no more entries in the history ask the user if they wish to exit the application instead of just quitting without notice.
HEADER - Add option for thin / thick header. Use the thick header to provide a more accessible display and easier access to the Library.
(I'm not sure of the proper names, but I've labeled the various overlays and menus because I'm a big fan of if you can't name a group of commands then they don't belong together; it helps keep me organized and from over-stuffing drawers with a chaotic assortment of stuff.)
RESOURCE INFO & NAVIGATION OVERLAY (Swipe Down Overlay)
This overlay is all about information and navigation within the current resource.
- Add buttons to bottom for History and Search (within resource). It's navigational!
- The '+' button to switch to the Swipe Up menu seems unnecessary.
- Remove View Settings, move it to the APPLICATION OVERLAY
- Remove the Address / GoTo box. I love this box on the desktop, but it seems extremely awkward on tablets and phones. Tablets are more about touch. It's much easier to select book/ch/vs from a few drop down menus along the top or the verse picker, or to display the table of contents. Typing in this case is less precise and more error prone. The developers have to handle lots of error conditions, invalid references, etc. It's a lot of code for something that is awkward and slower than simple menus. Save the extra coding for more fun stuff!
- Sync to Furthest Page Read (Sneaked that one in there.)
- Rate & Review with option to share a custom message along with Logos product link on social sites. (Free advertising!!!)
APPLICATION OVERLAY (Swipe Up Overlay)
This overlay is for access to application features and settings, not directly related to the current resource.
- View Settings
- Passage Guide / Topic Guide / Word Study
General invocation, like going to Library -> Search Tab -> Swipe over 3 times to Guides. Remove these guides from the Library and put them here. Available from any resource.
- Notes (?)
CONTEXTUAL ANALYSIS MENU - REFERENCE (Touch Reference)
This menu is for commands that deal with references. Like the desktop app when you right-click and choose reference.
For this menu and the previous APPLICATION OVERLAY, my main suggestion here is to move away from the swipe up to select a verse for analysis. I kind of like the idea behind it and it's definitely got a cool factor, but the rationale for changing it is: 1) swiping up on a verse is not intuitive and there is no precedent to make users think of or associate swiping up with a particular location / reference on screen. 2) It's not always easy and it is imprecise even though it can be corrected from the menu. 3) The current swipe up overlay is almost completely disabled for most resources which indicates that the commands are not tied closely enough to their context. 4) The swipe up overlay can be freed for other uses (i.e. the APPLICATION OVERLAY).
There are several alternatives, some very cool, some good, some not so much, but all of the ones I can think of would require a lot more code to accomplish what can be accomplished simply and elegantly with "clickable" references. Make all Chapter and Verse numbers into links that display a menu of commands that operate on references. It just makes sense that if you want to do something that deals with a reference, you touch the reference. It's more precise and it feels right. And that gives another menu to help organize commands, adding more commands overall to the interface.
- Cited By / Compare / Passage Guide / Add Note / Add Favorite / Add to Passage List / Move to Top (scrolls reference to top of screen)
Notes: Touching a verse selects the verse, touching a chapter selects the entire chapter. Some bibles don't have a verse number shown for the first verse in a chapter. The picker can be displayed before or after a command is selected, good design arguments and room for flourish for both choices, where the reference can be modified or expanded to a range if a range makes sense for the command.
CONTEXTUAL ANALYSIS MENU - SELECTION (Long Press)
This menu is for commands that deal with selections. Like the desktop app when you right-click and chose selection.
- Copy / BWS / Search / Topic Guide / Note / Highlight / Remove Annotation / Add to Clippings / Share
All of the features directly available from the reader can then be killed from the Library so that it is less cluttered.
Thank you for all the hard work.