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#1  March 14, 2012 - 11:41am
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Hey folks, we've made some great strides with the new 5.0 (iOS 5.1) software and wanted to share a bit of of our progress with you. Additionally, we're looking at a few options for integrating aTV Flash (black) into the new menu layout, and would love to have your feedback.

Take a look at the two options below, and feel free to sound off in the comments.

Option 1 - add extra icon to top row

Screenshots

http://fireco.re/F1hT
http://fireco.re/F1SS

Pros

  • Access to recently played items in Top Shelf
  • Media is always visible in menu
  • Quicker navigation
  • Seamless integration with the new UI

Cons

  • Deviates slightly from native layout by adding an extra icon to top row
  • Requires a bit more time to integrate

Update: The number of top row icons can be reduced by disabling either the TV Shows or Music menus through the Parental Controls menu

Option 2 - add icon to lower section

Screenshots

http://fireco.re/F0rb
http://fireco.re/F0Wj
http://fireco.re/F0pV

Pros 

  • Maintains native layout with 5 icons per row
  • Requires less time to integrate

Cons

  • Media is buried below other icons
  • No Top Shelf access
  • Inconvenient navigation

(Note: The choice of option #1 applies to the Media menu only - all other items (Couch Surfer, Last.fm, Weather, etc...) will be displayed as described under option #2)

Thanks! :)

Update: Thanks to those who chimed in. Screenshots of the final layout can be seen on our blog here.

http://blog.firecore.com/7437

  March 14, 2012 - 11:51am
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Option 1 feels far slicker. As I see Media Player as the option I will select the majority of the time having fast access to it seems a sensible idea.

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  March 14, 2012 - 11:55am
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I am sticking with option 1a too... looks very nice!

  March 14, 2012 - 11:55am
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I think option 1 for sure. Media player is what the majority of us use on a daily basis and make far more since to have the top layout. Keep up the good work

  March 14, 2012 - 11:57am
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Option #1 seems like the best long term, and most impressive.

  March 14, 2012 - 11:57am
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Agreed - Option 1 is the best implementation - We can wait.

For additional options in row 2+, will we have a way to customize the layout at all?

  March 14, 2012 - 11:58am
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Count me in for option 1. Very slick.

  March 14, 2012 - 11:58am
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Definitely Option 1 looks much better Smile I'm not saying that Option 2 is bad, but the first is better:) I can't wait for it! You guys are awesome!

  March 14, 2012 - 11:59am
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Option #2 is more stylish cause of the native layout with 5 icons.

it's a pity that top shelf access in unavailable but i can live with that.

 

keep up the good work 8)

  March 14, 2012 - 11:59am
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option 1 !!!

  March 14, 2012 - 11:59am
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Liked option 1 as well, although I use PLEX a lot so would be using within option 2 anyway

  March 14, 2012 - 12:00pm
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Option 1 for sure.  Wouldn't  a poll work better?

  March 14, 2012 - 12:01pm
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if it means a delay in rolling out a 5.0-compatable version, i say go with option #2 and try for option #1 later ... 

 

is it possible to move Settings down to the next row and adjust the other icons accordingly or do you have access to do that?  it'd be great, too, if i could hide buttons that i never use like WSJ and the sports stuff ... that could/would allow more space, too ... though obviously it depends how iOS does the layout of the buttons ... whether things are statically-positioned or whether they're allowed to "flow" to the next line (and i know nothing at all about iOS development!) Smile

  March 14, 2012 - 12:01pm
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although Option 2 does maintain the native 5 item layout whick looks slick too! Lol. That would be the least disruptive option for sure. Maybe do that first (since it's easier to integrate) and then release in a next version if needed?

  March 14, 2012 - 12:02pm
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Option 2 looks better to me. I don't like the skewed menus of option 1 with 6 vs 5 buttons. Option 2 is more consistent.

  March 14, 2012 - 12:03pm
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Option 1. Looking good!!!!!

  March 14, 2012 - 12:04pm
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Option 1 - I hate losing the 5 across.  It looks less polished.  But for top-shelf convenience it would be my preference.  I want to access my content first. 

 

Option 2 - looks great, fits better with the new UI format.  But I would hate to have to scroll down each time I wanted my content.  

  March 14, 2012 - 12:05pm
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  March 14, 2012 - 12:05pm
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Option 1 definetly

  March 14, 2012 - 12:07pm
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Definitely option 1! Way better/faster access.

In german localization it even fits perfectly, filling the fifth icon place, since we don't get TV shows from the iTunes Store. Wink

  March 14, 2012 - 12:10pm
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Option 1 !!! looks good and faster sounds good Wink

  March 14, 2012 - 12:10pm
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Option 1.

Looking forward to it! Smile

  March 14, 2012 - 12:11pm
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Option 1.  Like the look and I am in no hurry to upgrade.

  March 14, 2012 - 12:11pm
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Option 1,

 

Without a doubt the better solution, you just have to work faster James Wink

  March 14, 2012 - 12:12pm
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I like the way Option 1 looks better but to be honest I would rather the speedier the better for the first release. I don't use the Media option all that often so to me I would rather the product come out quicker than wait for a solid looking Media menu. Thanks for your hard work!  Smile

  March 14, 2012 - 12:13pm
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option 2 faster and clean...... 

  March 14, 2012 - 12:17pm
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Definitely Option 1

  March 14, 2012 - 12:19pm
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Option 1: Adding a 6th icon is WAY more convenient since it will be virtually the only option I use, but it looks kinda bad.

Option 2: Scrolling down sure makes the integration better and really isn't a problem being that it's just an extra click or two.

My vote is for Option 1, unless the time required to do it compared with option 2 is ridiculously not worth it.

  March 14, 2012 - 12:20pm
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As others have said option 2 is cleaner and more consistent. I definitely like it better and I don't mind not having access to the top shelf, I rarely use it for practical purposes. Philosophically I prefer Media to be at the same level as any other app, as Netflix or Youtube. Option 1 looks like those weird jailbreak hacks that temper with Apple's layout.

  March 14, 2012 - 12:21pm
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i vote for #1 -> looks "GEIL"

But if it delays a release significantly (more than one week or so) then do #2 now and #1 later.

 

As always many thanks for FireCore's truly awesome efforts..

  March 14, 2012 - 12:32pm
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Has to be option 1, just looks slicker