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Old 06-24-2014, 11:59 AM
 
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I recently took a break from my main personal project and started a touch-oriented word processor app. Trying to get as close to MS word as possible while giving the user a touch friendly interface. Also aiming to make it PC friendly as well.

Here are a few screenshots. You think the UI got a good balance between touch and traditional PC? If not, any suggestion on how I can improve it?






PS - I added the spell checker over the weekend after the first reviewer of my app criticized it for not having a spell check. And he was right. What's a word processor without a spell checker?
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Old 06-24-2014, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Looks decent.
2 things.

Can you change the color? Don't like that.
Can you hide that side menu when you aren't using it?
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Old 06-24-2014, 12:31 PM
 
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Looks decent.
2 things.

Can you change the color? Don't like that.
Can you hide that side menu when you aren't using it?
What color you think will be better?

I can definitely hide it. I'm just scared that a lot of people think if they don't see it then it doesn't exist. I used to work as tech support.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:18 AM
 
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I still work as Tech Support and know how to think like a user. When I am in full on typing mode, I want my document full screen. That needs to be hideable.

Maybe a dark blue. definitely darker.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:15 AM
 
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I still work as Tech Support and know how to think like a user. When I am in full on typing mode, I want my document full screen. That needs to be hideable.

Maybe a dark blue. definitely darker.
Ok. Will change those things in next update.
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:53 AM
 
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Looks decent.
2 things.

Can you change the color? Don't like that.
Can you hide that side menu when you aren't using it?
I changed the UI background color, made the menus collapsible for full screen, and made the spell checker window movable. Other suggestions? Features. Anything that will help me make this app better.


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Old 06-29-2014, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I think that a white background would be a lot better to the eye than colors. Not all people react to color the same way. Very light grays, or blues are the most pleasant to the eye.

But color backgrounds could be optional to the user. He or she can modify the menus to have colored backgrounds, etc if that's what they want.
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Old 06-29-2014, 01:39 PM
 
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I think that a white background would be a lot better to the eye than colors. Not all people react to color the same way. Very light grays, or blues are the most pleasant to the eye.

But color backgrounds could be optional to the user. He or she can modify the menus to have colored backgrounds, etc if that's what they want.
Thank you for the suggestion. Next update will give the user options for themes.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Thank you for the suggestion. Next update will give the user options for themes.
By the way, I would suggest that you look at the menus used on both the Macintosh and PC, not just one computer platform. Since you are working on apps for the PC, look into some of the Apple apps for the iPad, and also for the apps for MS and Android tablets, too. You will notice that most menu options have very light gray backgrounds and dark icons, and on all platforms are not clustered with color.

Something else: bright colors such as red and shades of red aren't the best. Choose colors that are relaxing and have calming effects on the mind (pastels). Now, for a restaurant choose shades of red colors. These make people exited and hungry (should also work well for a boxing ring)
http://www.2knowmyself.com/miscellan...lor_psychology

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Old 06-29-2014, 10:58 PM
 
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By the way, I would suggest that you look at the menus used on both the Macintosh and PC, not just one computer platform. Since you are working on apps for the PC, look into some of the Apple apps for the iPad, and also for the apps for MS and Android tablets, too. You will notice that most menu options have very light gray backgrounds and dark icons, and on all platforms are not clustered with color.

Something else: bright colors such as red and shades of red aren't the best. Choose colors that are relaxing and have calming effects on the mind (pastels). Now, for a restaurant choose shades of red colors. These make people exited and hungry (should also work well for a boxing ring)
Restaurant color psychology | 2KnowMySelf
How about like this?

Added by edit.

I'm liking the new more subtle colors.


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