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    Quote Originally Posted by justchat_1 View Post
    I want to get a forum on here just for this so that we don't have to discuss everything in one thread. One small problem - it needs a name. I wanted something that didn't limit it to just being for car use (i've seen carputers on everything from motorcycles to segways). Best I could come up with in 5 seconds is SharpMobile - anyone have anything better?
    I think you should put thought into the name. Also a subforum will be nice eventually, but there isn't even any code or a working demo. Once you get something I am sure a subforum can be requested.

    I'm sure you can understand having a subforum for everyone that starts a new frontend would result in a huge navigation mess where 90% go unfinished or without even a half-working app.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    I'm sure you can understand having a subforum for everyone that starts a new frontend would result in a huge navigation mess where 90% go unfinished or without even a half-working app.
    I understand where you are coming from but I like to take a different route when I code. Instead of putting something together and then trying to hack in all the things you forgot or want to do differently - plan it out before you code. It also makes for some nice documentation when you have write ups for how everything works before the code is even finished. The goal of the forum would be to get everyones input on a few of the big issues and then do it right the first time.

    Also, the UI code may not be done but theres plenty of code for the project once I setup a place to put it. Bluetooth, media player, speech recognition, database and obdii are all 90% done - they just need to be tweaked for this porject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justchat_1 View Post
    I want to get a forum on here just for this so that we don't have to discuss everything in one thread. One small problem - it needs a name. I wanted something that didn't limit it to just being for car use (i've seen carputers on everything from motorcycles to segways). Best I could come up with in 5 seconds is SharpMobile - anyone have anything better?
    OpenMobile
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    - Project: Unified Car Control
    - Original OpenMobile Interface Designer

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnusuallyGenius View Post
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    I like it!!

    Simple and to the point...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev000 View Post
    you should be cool and call in OpenMobil (without the 'e').
    And then it should hack the gas pumps of all Mobil petrol stations!
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    Quote Originally Posted by justchat_1 View Post
    That done - heres a very very rough mockup of what I had in mind for the default UI. This is graphically nothing like how the UI should look but I figure the best place to start is what regions will contain what. Comment away...
    can you expound on this a little bit, so i can get to work on some images?
    1) Colors
    2) What is the media tab at the bottom?
    3) What is the arrow by the time?
    4) What all will go in the dynamic toolbar area?
    5) I assume that is a home icon in the upper right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnusuallyGenius View Post
    can you expound on this a little bit, so i can get to work on some images?
    1) Colors
    2) What is the media tab at the bottom?
    3) What is the arrow by the time?
    4) What all will go in the dynamic toolbar area?
    5) I assume that is a home icon in the upper right?
    You've been a huge help - sorry I haven't posted more info im still playing around with different ideas to see usability, etc.

    1) Im a fan of black with some great lighting effects, shadows, transparency, gradiants etc. but im open to anything that looks good. I've seen some windows like silver or even light blue that look pretty good.
    2)Due to the use of gestures, media controls really aren't needed for touchscreen use except as a backup - or manual control (like a powermate). So there should be a small tab in the bottom left with either the word music or a music icon that brings up a bar similar to these:
    http://www.my-car-computer.com/image...bileimpact.gif
    or
    http://www.streetdeck.com/Images/SD2...Fullscreen.jpg
    or
    http://www.my-car-computer.com/image-files/freeway.jpg

    It should contain some type of playback slider, a play/pause button, a stop, ff, rw,next and previous buttons.
    3) A very crude attempt at a back button That whole tab is also drawn too big
    4) The dynamic icon bar will be a panel of icons that can be dynamically loaded by any plugin to give a small status update. For example a bluetooth plugin could load a signal/battery strength icon. Tasks like updates that run in the background could display a status icon. That kind of thing...
    5) Yup - the goal is to have navigation possible without having to look at the screen. Top right corner is home, bottom right is back, bottom left for media,top left for volume (forgot that until just now). Gestures for media control, speech recognition, etc should take care of the rest.

    Other) I still haven't decided on the main menu - i was throwing around ideas similar to:
    Icon Based:
    http://www.stylingfx.com/streetdeck/scionSS1.jpg
    http://imgur.com/bdGb0.jpg

    Button Based:
    http://www.my-car-computer.com/image...centrafuse.jpg
    http://www.my-car-computer.com/image-files/pycar.jpg

    iPhone like:
    http://forums.streetdeck.com/forum/d...ile.php?id=568
    ^ Check out the home, power buttons for the effect im talking about

    or possibly others. Once thats settled comes all the fun stuff like icons for buttons, sliders, etc. and then additional icons for highlighted and possibly clicked.

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    I lean pretty heavily toward having a home screen with buttons for only the most-used features, plus a 'more' button for less-used features.

    http://imgur.com/bdGb0.jpg <== like this
    http://i30.tinypic.com/xm5xeu.jpg <== or this, but I'd want play/pause/ff/rew & volume added

    Having a most-most-most-frequently used stuff like back/home/music in the same place on every single screen is also cool. I'd envisioned a strip along the edge on one side, but corners is a great idea too. Easy to find with eyes on the road.

    That said, if the app is fully skinnable, shouldn't skin development be pretty much independent of code development? Ideally, skin devs could do their artwork with whatever layouts and functionality they envision (within the constraints of what the FE is capable of, of course), and then tie the artwork to the code with XML files, or something like that.

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