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Essential Contact Manager

   Release 0.2.1 Alpha  

KDE Groupware/PIM

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Downloads:  1058
Submitted:  Dec 20 2005
Updated:  Jul 27 2007

Description:

Essential Contact Manager is my first application for KDE. Its goal is to offer a beautiful and intuitive interface, allowing you to keep track of your contacts easily and efficiently. Comments and suggestion are appreciated.

(The icons used in this application are available from here: http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/Intrigue+Icon+Set?content=29782 )

(If you would like to help develop Essential or any related projects, email me at Timothy.crosley@gmail.com, thanks).




Changelog:

############# Essential Contact Manager 0.2.1 ################
*Fixed bug that caused text to change to the first item in the combobox after saving

############# Essential Contact Manager 0.2.0 ################
*Greatly improved installer
Tested on the following distrobutions:
Kubuntu 7.04(unmodified)
& SLED 10(Unmodified)
(please post any problems you have with the new installer :), thanks).
*Implemented the images section
*No longer requires qt4 libraries to be installed
*Fixed communication problems between the info & switch view
*Created "MainView" class in SimpleFoundation to help clean up the application api
*Made the current widget a more intrical part of the Application framework
*Made current widget use buttons for actions
*Made the input combo-boxes update when contacts are changed
*Essential now asks the user if he wants to save an unsaved contact, in the case of switching to a different contact

Known bugs:
*Application may not work after installation without logging out/back in.
*Importing .jpg images seems to crash the application on some platforms(if you experience this
please send a bug report(with the name of your distribution) to timothy.crosley@gmail.com

Release 0.1: A very basic release lacking
photo/note/task management.

Preview 1: A few screenshots, of the latest Essential build running




LicenseGPL
(Essential 0.2.1)
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 UI not good

 
 by blujay on: Jul 15 2007
 
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No offense intended; I respect the time and effort you put into this, but I feel like giving my feedback to hopefully help you make a better app.

The UI is really bad. It is completely inconsistent with any existing UI design standards. It wastes enormous amounts of screen space. It gives emphasis to unimportant items, and relegates important functions to strange-looking, non-standard widgets.

I can't recall exactly what the OSX address book looks like, but you could probably take some cues from it. And to be quite honest, the KAddressBook UI is far, far, superior to this. It's far more usable and functional.

Really, the look and design of your app belongs more in a game UI than a useful app.


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Hi BluJay,

I appreciate the time you spent giving your honest opinion :). You are right the interface is radical, it is different. Its not yet another clone of a clone of something else ;).

But think about this for a moment, I put 5 different users(ranging from completely computer illiterate to an average Windows user) infront of this application asked them if they could figure out how to create and edit a few contacts. They all had no problem, & said they loved the interface.

I put the same people infront of kontact, evolution, & outlook(2003 I think), every one of these people had trouble, some couldn't even figure out how to make a new contact, let alone edit it.

As far as it looking like a video game interface, thank you! Interface designers have needed to take a hint from them for awhile: the wii is alot easier then windows ;).

And also keep in mind this is a 0.1 alpha release ;), some widgets are just plain broken right now.

~Timothy


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 Re: Re: UI not good

 
 by blujay on: Jul 16 2007
 
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Hi there,

Thanks for your reply not being angry or offended. :) I guess it depends on whether you're aiming for the LCD or an experienced computer user. I'd be curious to see how those same users would fare with the KAddressBook interface.

Personally, I don't want my KDE UI to look like a Wii or a PSP; I want it to be clean and functional, making good use of screen space, while still looking nice. I think the current KDE 3.5.x does this very well, and OSX is pretty good also. But, to each his own. :) Maybe you should consider working on Plasma for KDE 4.


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 by briansvgs on: Jul 25 2007
 
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I like the buttons and background, but I agree that the interface could use a little improvement. It could just be that I am used to what is around today, but I think that it would look better if you took advantage of the background and put the logo, new button, fullscreen button, zoom buttons, and search in the little toolbar created with the background (the lighter blue area). Then you could have another toolbar with the other buttons below that.


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Thank you for your advice :). I agree that the interface defiantly can be improved. And what you were suggesting certainly sounds reasonable. The interface is highly themable and in the near future I will see how this looks(Maybe I will make this the default theme or an additional one). I'll aim to add this in the 0.3 release(not the next one, but the one after that) if it works.
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