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HMI Enhancement

Yann 5 years ago updated 5 years ago 4

Hi,


First, i'd like to thank you for this great software.


I think user interface could be enhance by taking inspiration in Emby HMI.

  1. I don't think that the 2 imposed root folders (comics and books) are necessary. I think it would be better to ask to the admin the type of the folder at its creation, as it is done in Emby, where you can choose movie, tv show...
  2. It's great to show the number of books in folders. It could be better if each user could mark the books he has read and show the number of unread ones in folders.
  3. This way, you could have a "next to read" section where you could find the next unread volume of a comics collection you had begin to read.
Emby probably offer other source of inspiration to enhance HMI. These are the first that came to my mind.


BR
Yann

I don't understand #1. You already define what your library type will be and then pick the actual folder location. Ubooquity isn't setting or naming root folders.


2/3. Tom has said user management is beyond the scope of the program.

Hi,


The version installed on my server is the 1.7.6. Maybe it has changed on more recent versions, but when I logg in, this the first screen I can see :



I think that the "Comics" and "Books" folders are not necessary, and that it could be better to see directly their sub-folders. "Last comics" and "Last books" are interesting, cause they provide a different way to navigate through the contents, but "Comics" and "Books" add nothing, in my opinion. I can understand that the two type of folder are probably not managed the same way, but the user is not concerned by that.


For the points 2 and 3, this is less about user management than user experience. "Next to read" would provide a different way to navigate, as "Last comics" and "Last books" does. And if you have a large collection, it could be nice that the user interface give you the information about the ones you already read, and those you didn't.


BR

Yann

Under review

Hi,

about #1, if I understand correctly, you would prefer to see directly all your folders (comics and ebooks) on the home page.
This makes sense if you want to stick to a hierarchical directory representation. However you can also choose a "flat" representation of your collection (in the display settings of each section, in the top toolbar). Having everything on the home page doesn't work in that case.


And to be honest, this distinction between comics and ebooks also comes from the way Ubooquity has been developped (ebooks were not part of the initial design). Even if the "flat" display mode did not prevent a common home, changing this would require too much work in regard with the benefits of the modification.


As for #2 and #3: a read/unread flag is in the work and should arrive sometime this year. Once this is done, adding new ways to display information based on this flag would be indeed interesting.

Hi,


That's actually the way I managed my collection. I have a hierarchical directory representation, with a directory for management books, another for software technical books and so on... with sub-directories for specific topics.


I thought that, as you specify the type of folder (comics or books) when you create it, the change would not be so hard, but I didn't have a look to the source code and I will not hand your opinion on the subject in question. ;-)


I'm glad to read that work is on track for points 2 and 3.


BR

Yann