[sword-devel] SwordReader PocketPC and SmartPhone CAB files.

David Trotz dtrotzjr at crosswire.org
Thu Jul 10 18:44:41 MST 2008

SonWon wrote:
> Barry Drake wrote:
>> Hi David .........
>> David Trotz wrote:
>>> Certainly lets discuss this further. I would like to hear others opinions as well; including Albert Sites and Barry Drake.
>>> If we diverge to two separate menus we need to implement some way to keep them in sync, so that when a smartphone developer adds a menu item reflecting some new feature the windows mobile devs get the menu automatically as well, and visa versa.
>> I think it's just fine.  It's exactly what I would have done, and I 
>> don't think we ought to go for two different interfaces.  This keeps the 
>> whole thing simple - and it is intuitive and works well.  It also gives 
>> a nice uncluttered text screen!
> I'll be disappointed if I have to use my Windows Mobile device like a 
> SmartPhone.  I paid the extra money to have the extra functionality and 
> desire to use that functionality.  I think it would be easy to give the 
> user an option as mentioned in a previous post.  Hopefully someone else 
> will agree with me  :)
That's not a fair statement ;-) If you look at many apps that you run on 
your windows mobile device, you will find that at least 50% of them do 
the 2 menu system, especially those that have both the smartphone and 
pocketpc support. But John, I will agree with you that having a more 
complex menu available would be nice.

So this is what I propose (actually you already made a mention of this): 
Let's make the two menu system default out of the box, which will be our 
official menu where every single command will be guaranteed to exist, 
and let's allow for an alternate menu system available through the 
preferences. I personally won't be spending much time right now to 
implement this, I want to focus on a few other areas first. You are free 
to take it on if you like John.

My only concern is that SwordReader grows so complicated that it is hard 
to use. If you take a look at Bible Reader by OliveTree you will find a 
very nice bible program but at times overly complex w/ 2 fully 
customizable menu bars. While I love the flexibility, I can see someone 
like my wife getting frustrated with the complexity. Now in contrast if 
you look at Palm Bible+ you will see a simple yet elegant interface. 
This is the interface I want to try to imitate.

In Christ,
David Trotz
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