jeudi 3 avril 2014

Tournament display update

The last update of Brothers In Games focus on an improvement of the tournaments layout.

Aside of the visual evolution, there are some technical modifications in this update. The most important happen at the first launch of this version. The app requires some additional data to work properly, so, the app need some time to process those at the first launch. This is not the most user-friendly, but it works.

Action icons

The action icons in the previous version.

To be honest, I was not satisfied with the previous icons location in the action bar. First, I consider that the action should be close to the information. Second, those actions should have the same importance so they should all be displayed equally. Located on the Action Bar, on small screen devices, some may be hidden. Finally, as I try to use the system icons, I think that the Web and Map icons are confusing.

Current global layout on a small screen device.

So, now those icons are located next to the information they are concerned with. As another benefit, I think that this way, it is easier to find the kind of information you may be looking for.

Added share and add to calendar

From any tournament details view, you can now share that tournament and add it to your calendar. Both features are exactly the same as those in Brothers In Games T3. So currently, the app does not require any privilege to access your calendar as the event is created trough the calendar app. Unfortunately, this mean that there is no check of your availability or for any duplicate. This will certainly change in the futur.

Up to date tournament information

The tournament details view now displays some real time information. Or at least, as fresh as they are on the remote datasource. Those information are the tournament status and the seats left. Both of them are collected when you view the tournament details and are not cached locally.

Are those features will be added to Brothers In Games T3 ?

In short: yes for some of them. I plan to redesign Brothers In Games T3 so it will be closer to the tournaments view in Brothers In Games. But for now, my main focus is on the features in Brothers In Games so don't expect this kind of upgrade for Brothers In Games T3 soon.

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