flipping thru cards
I have to agree with some of the points made by a July 5th reviewer on iTunes. I prefer to do with out the animation of flipping a card by with an up and down swipe and another side to side swipe to move to the next card. I have no need for my electronic app to invoke the sense of handling a physical card. It's not like I have any fond memories of physical flashcards that I miss and wanted to be replicated with an app. As a matter of fact, the reverse is true, and just the thought of physical flashcards invokes negative vibes. I want function over form in this regard. So the big problem here is that there is a stutter between moving from one card to the next (as mentioned by the reviewer). It is not fluid at all. So please as you make improvements, see if you can fix this. That is my first suggestion.
Also, I agree with the reviewer that I prefer to use the same motion, side to side, to "flip" the card and move on to the next card. It just creates more lag time when I am dealing with cards that I know well and want to speed through them. So my last suggestion here is to add the option to use the same motion for both. I may get used to the two motions, though. We'll see.
[EDIT: This stuttering has improved. Not sure if I just needed to reboot (shut down) my ipod a few times for things to settle in, or if perhaps the successful iCloud sync help, but the stuttering is tolerable now. Occasionally though there is a significant lag time after I swipe the screen before the program responds-- maybe every 15 cards or so. So still some roughness. I still would prefer getting rid of the up and down swipe to filp the cards, or else providing the option to control it with side to side swipes. ]Don't want to sound too negative, but do want to help point you towards area of improvements.
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Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 07 Jul, 2013 12:32 PM
Thanks for the suggestions.
We are very unlikely to remove the card animations altogether. The cards actually give very important visual feedback, and are not just eye candy. Immediately you see the current card, see how many facets there are, see what facet you are on, and what the next facet role is etc. You miss all that in a full screen featureless view. It is also easier for a new user to grasp the concept of multiple facets. (Eg. a flipping view like in the original app gives the impression there should be 2 sides, but there are actually more. Confusing to a new user.)
To move through the slideshow with a single gesture, just tap the right of the screen half way up. No need to swipe if you don't want to. By having separate gestures for next facet and next note, we allow you to quickly move to a new note without going through all the rest of the facets. These decisions were thought out carefully, and not made flippantly.
All gestures are described by tapping the bottom right button.
2 Posted by zeppo on 07 Jul, 2013 04:46 PM
Thanks, that is an excellent point about the making it easy to view the number of facets. I only use two facets, so I had forgotten about that. Of course, if there ever *is* a choice to be made between fluidity and function over adding "eye candy", please do opt for the former. :) People that use this app want results above all else. That is a great explanation though.
drewmccormack closed this discussion on 07 Jul, 2013 05:53 PM.