I am searching hard to find a nice way to show connections/interactions between various individual apps within an app store.
This is important for two reasons:
- Certain apps exist mainly to provide services for other apps (i.e. Google Cloud Print)
- Users need a way to understand and manage the flow of information from one app to another (managing settings centrally versus within each app).
Google Cloud Print is a good example here, since it is compatible with and enables printing from certain apps only. A top-down view of which apps' Print functions work with it would be useful.
And ideally, I'd take these connections further to show personalized app compatibility for each user at the point of purchase. When I go to download Google Cloud Print, I wouldn't have to read through the long list of supported apps in the description, but instead be able to quickly see which of the apps I've already downloaded work with Google Cloud Print.
Any thoughts on UI patterns suitable for depicting these connections? I've been hunting for examples but can't seem to find anything that does this at all, let alone simply and elegantly.
Any connection- or compatibility- related patterns that might even remotely suit this are of interest - so far I've had the most traction with some patterns from LinkedIn - so I'm happy to cast a wide net and then try to adapt/evolve patterns to suit these scenarios.