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

SonWon sonwon.1 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 10 19:39:21 MST 2008

David Trotz wrote:
> 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.
Sorry if I stepped on any toes, was not my plan just expressing my thoughts.
> 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.
Sounds like great news, I hope the rendering speed is one area.  I think 
an alternate menu will be an easy start and there is enough difficulty 
to make it interesting.  I just have to learn your MFC system.
> 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.
Ah, doesn't the Palm Bible+ have a menu system like I want?  Just a 
joke.  :)  I also noticed it has a top menubar and bottom menubar.  In 
the past I had user complaints when I covered the top with a menubar.  
Palm Bible+ does appear 'simple yet elegant' which would be the goal.  I 
like the idea of two menus since we can hide the complexities from those 
who desire a simpler interface and yet still provide for the power users.
> In Christ,
> David Trotz
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