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arrmo
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Post by arrmo • 21 Dec 2009, 14:09

OK, my misunderstanding - sorry for the trouble.

Thanks for a great program!

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Zenju
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Post by Zenju • 21 Dec 2009, 18:51

No problem! Perhaps there is something that could be improved on the design
level to make it more intuitive.

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Post by arrmo • 21 Dec 2009, 19:45

The only thing I can think of is some sort of indicator on the dialog box
and/or tray icon - that says monitoring is active or not.

Thanks again!

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Post by zach_hudock • 23 Dec 2009, 03:01

I just found FreeFileSync and RealTimeSync. Both are amazing apps, and the
fact that they are open source is even better. *throws out SyncToy*

The functionality is great, more than most of the other similar tools
available. In my opinion though, the UI is a little confusing. Design changes
may be in order, but as far as im concerned, the functionality is
perfect...havent run into any bugs yet

For FFS, i dont really have thoughts on how to improve the UI, i just know it
confused me at first.

For RTS, a UI design change, as well as a tooltip over the tray icon to
indicate if it is monitoring or not would be good.

I may work up a sample UI design over Christmas and post back this weekend.

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Post by zach_hudock • 23 Dec 2009, 03:02

Forgot a comment.

Also for RTS, would it be possible to animate the tray icon during a sync
operation so it's apparent to the user that everything is working?

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Zenju
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Post by Zenju • 23 Dec 2009, 11:16

> For FFS, i dont really have thoughts on how to improve the UI, i just know
it confused me at first.

That's sad, it would be very interesting to know what was not intuitive for
you.

>animate the tray icon

When in tray mode RTS only has one status, that is "monitoring". Having an
animation permanently although there is no "information" in it could distract
users from their other tasks. But a tool tip is no problem.

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Post by zach_hudock • 23 Dec 2009, 13:15

1. Honestly, I dont know, it could have just been a lack of sleep at the time

2. I mean't animate the icon once it detected a change, then stop as soon as the external process completed the task.

3. The tooltip is a good plan.

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tonibony
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Post by tonibony • 17 Mar 2019, 09:19

An idea how to improve the UI of FFS:

When one right-clicks the FFS icon in systray it shows a small menu with two choices: "Restore" and "Quit". The "Quit" is OK, but the "Restore" is a bit misleading. The "Restore" actually stops the active monitoring mode and switches to setup/configuration mode. I think that instead of "Restore" it should say something like "Configure", "Settings", "Configuration", "Monitoring settings", "Monitoring configuration", etc.

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Zenju
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Post by Zenju • 18 Mar 2019, 14:23

tonibony wrote:
17 Mar 2019, 09:19
When one right-clicks the FFS icon in systray it shows a small menu with two choices: "Restore" and "Quit". The "Quit" is OK, but the "Restore" is a bit misleading.
Indeed, "Configure" is probably more clear.