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Best way to divvy up screen space in pictorial article mobile app?

I'm working on an iPhone app that gives users access to image-heavy articles. We want to showcase the images--they're like the bread and butter of the app, so we're opting for a kind of scrolling ...
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Menu tray + Back button on mobile: any reason why this shouldn't work?

I am trying to understand if there is any issue linked to the presence on the same interface of a menu-tray icon (top nav-bar) and a back button. This design will affect both iPad and iPhone. Is ...
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What is the optimal snooze time for a task (mobile software)?

I'm developing a mobile application like the stock Reminders.app offered by Apple, and I'm deploying a "snooze" functionality for overdue tasks. I'm not sure what the optimal snooze time is or how to ...
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How to display 5 plus horizontal tabs on mobile device

This is purely for a mobile website that must have horizontal tabs. The difficulty is that there could potentially be 5-7 tabs, with 5 being more likely. The text for each tab is long, which could ...
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Migrating a Tab Bar iPhone app to iPad

I have an iPhone app whose overall UI is designed like this: That is, a tab bar and different app perspectives within each tab item, and you can navigate to different views from within a tab. I ...
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Use of tab bar and navigation bar in iPhone app

I'm developing an app that provides information about companies. I would like to have tab bar buttons for "Favorites" view and "Search" view. I also need tools for actions, for example in the ...
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What UX Changes Needed For New iPhone 5 App Updates? [closed]

I am helping my team to update our iOS app to support retina display and iPhone 5. I've read little bit of Cocoa Auto Layout, and other pages from developer.apple.com. But my question is, if I ...
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Is it acceptable/good UX to use ios Segmented Control as a radio control?

I'm an ios developer by profession and was told of by a UX Architect for suggesting the use of the ios Segmented Control as a group of radio buttons. We have to present a mutually exclusive choice ...
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Long press on Android and iOs for Multi-touch apps? [duplicate]

Can it be used the long press? How can we assume the users know it?
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Mobile navigation

A responsive approach has been taken to the current project I am working on. It is a corporate website with 3 levels of navigation. Attached is an example of the solution I have come up with for drop ...
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Best iPhone app design process

What is the best way to design an iPhone app? What do I do first. Is it best to do the following?... Do a paper wireframe? Do a digital wireframe (Adobe Illustrator)? Design the real thing (Adobe ...
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screen resolution for android and iPhone design in Photoshop [closed]

For iPhone an Android design, why we set the psd resolution up to 72? why we aren't using 160 for mdpi and 240 for hdpi so on. Eg: for iPhone 2x res we are choosing 640 x 960px and and screen ...
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What is the preferred way to toggle fullscreen vs fullscreen with panels on iPhone/iPad?

I have a full screen iPad app that deals with graphics. The user has full screen as canvas, with extra controls added along the bottom and right side of the screen. I'm looking for an intuitive way ...
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Can I change the bottom navigation bar in an iOS app?

I have an application with three tabs on the bottom, as shown, that each bring up their own view within the scope of the 'main' part of the app, BUT, if I want to have separate but similar lists ...
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Action buttons for mobile — ok to go full width?

Is it acceptable to use full width mobile action buttons, say in the footer, like in the 1st example? It's nice and simple but I'm afraid users might mistake it for a regular footer. The 2nd example ...
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Any UX logic for the background colors of iPhone text messages? [closed]

Is there any reasons why the background of iPhone (iOS) text messages is gray (for messages sent from others) and green (sent by myself)?
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Searching apps on smart phone home screen

I'm interested to know about the effectiveness of the search application on the iPhone home screen. For example, I have 4 screens of apps and it takes me a few seconds to find an application that I ...
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'X'-close button on iPhone

The default way of dismissing views in iOS is with Cancel or Done. However in this view I think Cancel uses to much space, which is better given to the search bar. What is your opinion? Is using X ...
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Map with tappable neighborhoods vs. list of neighborhoods in iPhone app

I'm designing an iPhone app which gives users the option to filter by neighborhoods and I'm considering giving users the option to select neighborhoods from a list as well as by tapping on ...
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Tabbar inside Modal View - iPhone

Is it ok to have TabBar in Modal view in iOS UI (iPhone)? I have a "Select Contact" view in my app and I plan to make it as modal view. But "Select Contact" is a set of views: "Favourites", ...
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Where should ads be in iOS App?

I am finishing my iOS Application which includes Ads. In iOS, Apple recommend developers to put ads at the bottom or top of the window (View). Does the cash the developers create change if you put ...
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How to best show connectivity

I am writing an app which heavily depends on having a connection to the host. The app works fine with no connection it just doesn't send anything up or down. Because it's a business type app the ...
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Best ios alternative for an html select box?

An app I'm working on requires the user to enter their address which is then stored on a 3rd party system. The 3rd party has a predefined list of countries and states so when I send off the address I ...
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Account activation in mobile app

I'm designing iphone app which allows users to pay bills. To use this app the user should register and activate their account via e-mail. And here is the problem: Which model I have to choose for the ...
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Ipad/Iphone designing in Full-Screen vs Non-Full-Screen?

I've noticed that most games are in full screen mode and some Apps have taken this on in design. Is there any research or argument for having an App in Full-Screen vs Non-Full-Screen? The only ...
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Is it bad UX to switch tabs automatically in an iPhone app?

I'm working on an app that allows users to buy tickets for events, one tab will have an event search and a second will provide a way of getting to the basket (there are others in addition to those). ...
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iPhone - Hiding/showing a common Carousel view

I have a Carousel view (horizontally aligned images, can be swiped left/right to switch images) above a Table view that displays some information. Assuming I'd like to give the user the option to ...
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Constraining user actions in Maps API

I have an app which highly depends on maps. Should I allow the user to zoom in, pinch, and other things or should constraint it to only the current location. My application tracks the users location ...
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how to indicate 'what a venue is like right now'

I'm making an app that shows tweets and images about places as a feature to allow users do decide if it sounds like a fun place to go or not. My problem is I don't know how to indicate this to users. ...
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How to solve overly deep hierarchy navigation on mobile device?

I’m reading Jakobs Nielsens new mobile usability book. There is an example of a mobile site that suffers from an overly deep hierarchy (5 levels in total) In the example users need to navigate through ...
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How many reports options to present to the user of an iPhone app?

I have created a Mood tracking app for iPhone, and the user can keep track of the user's moods and (optionally) take pictures to associate with moods. I've used a similar app for a few months and ...
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Alternative to 2 tab bars in iPhone app

I am working on an iPhone app. I am in the early stages of designing the structure. I will be using word department as a node in the information architecture structure of an app. I encountered a ...
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Remove or keep Clear control in mandatory input-field? (iPhone)

I've had a little discussion with one of my co-workers regarding how to handle the Clear all -button in a mandatory input-field on the iPhone. The field holds the account email address and is present ...
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How to word UIAlertView YES/NO or Continue/Cancel questions on iPhone?

I'm implementing an option in one of my iPhone apps that would put one of my existing controllers into a new mode of operation. Instead of tapping on icons to add events within the app, the controller ...
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when designing an app for both Android and iPhone, should the user interface be the same?

When designing a mobile app for use on both iPhone and Android, should you make the UI the same on both platforms? Why or why not? I have thought about this a bit. To some extent, this entails more ...
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How to display points of interest, waypoints, trails and maps?

I am redesigning a screen in my iPhone app, Gaia GPS, that displays details about points of interest, as well as user-created waypoints, trails, and maps. I have come up with a new mockup: What is ...
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What is the acceptable number of “intro” screens for an iPhone app?

I'm building an iPhone app that shows several introduction screens to the user before presenting the main user interface. This is accomplished once, on first launch. My intention is to make the first ...
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Is there a standard iPhone way of displaying an actionless confirmation message?

Sometimes it's desirable to display an important confirmation message (e.g. you've successfully registered/sent this form/etc) that doesn't get in the way by requiring a "dimiss" button. Is there a ...
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Is there any user experience benefit of having a patterned background in iPhone apps?

In your experience, do users of iPhone apps enjoy using an app with a "cool special background", like the one below, or do patterned backgrounds distract from the overall point of the app? I've seen ...
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Iphone app test scrolling

I’m designing a test for an iphone and android app. The test consists of 10 questions. Each question has 3 answers, A,B and C. The length of the question and the answers are variable and pulled ...
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What can be an alternative to tabs in an iphone or android application

What type of a design/design philosophy/gesture can be a good alternative to tabs in an iphone or an android application? Tabs are good and tell the user that there is another ...
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iPhone table view filter with multiple controls

Assume we have a real-estate iPhone app which shows a list of properties in a table view. I would like to offer the user the ability to filter the list according to about 6-7 different criteria. ...
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iPhone - popup dialog for user input: when it's worth using it?

I tried to ask this in another thread but, apperently, my scenario was covering the real question. So I try again here, addressing this specific issue. I noticed that, normally, popup dialogs in iOS ...
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iPhone - Password Forgotten - popup dialog or modal?

I have been struggling a little with this problem. I'll start introducing my case so to better explain my concerns. The scenario I'm dealing with is that of a password forgotten feature: I have a ...
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What is a dynamic alternative to UITableView? [closed]

Ok, so I have a normal viewController that has a UIScrollView in it that gives details about distilleries. What I wanted to do was have a list of spirits that are distilled at the distillery that they ...
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How to A/B test a published IOS and Android app on actual users?

I've published several apps on IOS and Android adding flurry to measure the interaction that is happening in those apps, however, I'd love to enhance this interaction and make my apps more useful by ...
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Why does the iPhone calling screen have letters under the numbers?

The iPhone dialer has letters below the numbers. Why did Apple include them on this screen? In other phones it is used for T9 keyboard or contact search.
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How to show the mandatory fields on an iOS device?

I have to show more than 11 fields within the screen. 4 fields are mandatory. How should I indicate the mandatory fields? Is there any standard or any ideas?
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When to use the Back button vs. Cancel/Done on iPhone

I noticed that in some cases Apple uses Cancel / Done buttons, and in others there's only the the Back button. In Calendar, for example, when you choose how often an event should repeat, you have ...
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Pros/cons: segmented control (tab) in the nav bar on iPhone?

I am considering having a segmented control in the navigation bar in the iPhone app. Are there any known drawback of having it in the navigation bar vs. body? Perhaps, less space for other controls in ...