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Subject: User Interface thoughts
From: Joaquim Carvalho (jdc_at_x64.com)
Date: 2003-02-13


Hi, I want to say I'm making humble suggestions and not contributing
with any code because I'm very busy at the moment. I bought the Recorder
because of Rockbox and I want to contribute, I just don't have the time
yet. Having said this I'll get to the point:

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I've been thinking about jukebox user interface for some time, here are
my thoughts:

I think the current Rockbox interface can be improved:

- Experienced users shouldn't be forced to look at the LCD
  After pressing an F key the Archos should be in a well defined
  mode everywhere, everytime and any number of times:
  
     [F1] Sound Setup (start in slider 1)
     [F2] for the Menu (start in line 1)
     [F3] for the WPS
     [On] for browsing the disk (root directory?)

- The Play key should not enter the menus as this can't be kept
  consistently, [Play/Pause] key should do Play/Pause anywhere
  and anytime

- A vertical mode sound setup screen (not a menu) like in Fig. 1 below
  would be easier to use and:
  - VolUp/VolDown would be kept consistently on keys [Up] [Down]
  - Previous/Next would be kept consistently on keys [Left] [Right]

- No screen/menu should auto-exit

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Function and [Key]

Up [Up]
Down [Down]
Next [Right]
Previous [Left]
Play/Pause [Play/Pause]
Stop [Off]

Sound Setup [F1]
Main Menu [F2]
WPS [F3]
Browse Disk [On]

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Fig. 1 - Sound Setup Screen

ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo
ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo
ooo xxx ooo ooo ooo
xxx xxx ooo ooo ooo
xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx
xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx
xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx
Vol Bas Tre Lou Bal

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Some consequences:

These key sequences would work everywhere and everytime:

VolUp: [F1] [Up]

BassUp: [F1] [Right] [Up]

Play/Pause: [Play/Pause]

NextSong: [On] [Right]

BrowseDisk [F3]

PlayModeChange [F2][Right]

RecordMp3 [F2][Down][Right]

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Joaquim



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