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How to request that two out of three fields need to be populated in a mobile search app

I am developing a new iOS app and I need to let the user commit a search where three fields are shown. a group name (development, marketing etc.) member name project name the search should be ...
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Why aren't iPhone text messages at full width?

Why aren't text messages viewed on the iPhone iOS displayed at full width? I can think of several reasons why it would make sense: Short messages won't have unnecessary line breaks, long text ...
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Should you use both the accelerometer and the touchscreen in a phone/tablet based game?

So I've been formulating an idea for a game the past few days. I don't want to get into too many details, but I mainly just wanted to ask about one aspect of the gameplay. OK, imagine a game where ...
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What are the best practices of designing a validation message on an iPhone App?

I am working on designing an iPhone app and I need to know which validation message style is the most recommended for the forms included. I don't prefer to use a pop up window i need something that ...
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What is safe area / minimum distance for iPhone 4

What is safe area / minimum distance for iPhone 4 canvas?
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Presenting a list of items on a screen that already has a list

What I'm trying to do is show a list of alarms on the right hand side in the middle with the list 3:04, 3:06, 3:08. As the user hits + on the LHS, a new object is created that you can edit on the ...
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Providing feedback to the user when an entry that is added is the same as a current entry

I'm trying to give the user the ability to add alarm times for a reminder. In this view, you can see that I have 1:19am twice. What happens is if you press the plus button, then I add a row based ...
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Push Notifications for Update

We have an iPhone app available in the app store that utilizes push notifications. Normally we use this functionality to inform users when new podcasts are available (usually once a week). We've ...
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How to use picker wheel in ipad [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best drop down options for iOS? Which is the best usability method of using the picker wheel for ipad, bottom(full view) or bottom (middle view), pop up picker view? ...
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Best drop down options for iOS? [closed]

Which is the best drop down options for iPad and iPhone devices? Picker Wheel Actionsheet Something else?
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Handling two disjoint methods of setting alarms in iOS

I'm trying to set alarm times for a single object with two views; one for quick presets, another with any number of custom times. The two buttons at the top (Presets | Custom) switch between these two ...
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How to display indexes for UITableView in a complex list?

I have a UITableView of UITableViewStylePlain with sections titled as districts (neighborhoods) in New York City. I am struggling how to implement the indexes (quick "links" on the right). Should they ...
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Subnavigation on iPhone

If your app has a bottom tab nav, and you want to open another page that has a contextual sub-nav, where do you place this sub-nav? How do you decide?
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How to categorize new threads in a mobile forum application?

I am planning to launch a new Forum/Chat app for Android/iPhone. The app requires users to specify a category before creating a new thread. How do I show and allow users to choose the thread category ...
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What user-friendly term should I use for a view that lives under a tab in a tab bar app?

My app uses a tab bar controller. In the user documentation, I'm not sure what name to use for a view that lives under a tab. For example, the app has a Settings tab. In the user documentation, I ...
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iPhone sound buttons position

Why iPhones have sound control buttons on the left side of the device? We may assume that there are more righthanded users than lefthanded. If user hold the device in right hand, he can use his thumb ...
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Rating control for iPhone world

Some time ago I implemented inline rating control for iPhone applications: It has configurable amount of stars (depends on the app) and optional clear button (at the most right). The control works ...
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Displaying table contents on small devices [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Table data in Mobile phones This so far is the only solution I found on how to design responsive table content so that it gives you a meaningful overview of the data on ...
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Showing a large amont of data on the iPhone

I have a large amount of data being drawn from a database to show on the iPhone screen. There will be around 100 fields for each record (100 records) Some will be links, Small images and some general ...
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Alternative to the tab bar (in iPhone app)

I have a project that has 8 different areas, e.g, travel, weather, etc. The front page is going to have 8 different icons; they will navigate to each section. I will then need something like a tab bar ...
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Pull-to-refresh and search bar

I have an iOS app that uses tables views. It also implements a pull-to-refresh model, which works very nicely. I now want to add the option to search that table view. Normally, I would just hide the ...
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Map with ONLY Area Specific POIs - Where to Initially Zoom?

I am developing an iPhone application that uses data that is only relevant to NYC and the surrounding area. When the user loads the map initially should it: Zoom to a preset area (specifically, ...
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An icon that represents “End Game” in iPhone app [closed]

I'm stumped. I would like to have an icon in the toolbar that represents "End Game". My app is a scorekeeping app, and when the user wants to end the game and start with a fresh scoreboard, they would ...
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What is the optimal text size for an iPhone 'News application'?

We are designing a News application for one of our clients, and I would like to get to know what is the optimal text size for Headlines and Article text in an application like this? We would like to ...
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Navigation bar and Toolbar in ipad app at top of screen - apple's approval?

I'm a newbie. I have got a wire frame for ipad application, in which navigation bar and tool bars are placed on the top. And back button is placed in toolbar. Whether it violates apple's guidelines or ...
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Why do some custom iOS apps use the native nav bar?

I'm talking about Instagram or Foursquare, they are custom designed but still are using default themed menu bar for navigation. Is there some dirty secret behind it?
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iOS Settings Standards: Using Checkbox Rather Than Switch

If you are familiar with iOS devices, you know that the settings application uses the UISwitch control to show that a parameter is enabled or disabled. This control appears as a toggle switch and even ...
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Are “submit” buttons important for forms on iPhone and Android apps?

When inputting text on the last text field in a form on an iPhone and Android app, the enter key can be highlighted or (on iOS anyway) renamed "done", so that tapping it will submit the form. ...
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What are the possible channels and methods for sharing content with only one person from an iPhone app?

I'm working on an iPhone app that will allow users to create a "book" and share it with a friend. For the most part, I anticipate users will only share each book with one person. It seems most ...
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What is an easier unlock pattern: gesture or code?

There are two popular ways to unlock a phone. iPhone makes you type in a numerical code. Android gives you the option to draw a gesture. Which of these two is easier to remember and easier to execute? ...
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When to use a UIPickerView instead of a UITableView?

When does a UIPickerView offer a better user experience than a UITableView? Does Apple's Human Interface Guidelines address this?
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Better way to do drill-down selection in iOS?

I show a UIPickerView with a list of options: Vegetables, Fruits, Greetings, Shopping When selecting any of the above options, will show another UIPickerView with options like (if we have ...
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How to present a feature in an iPhone app that is only available for certain locations

I am working on an iPhone app for a real estate client. We want to use a "look up by MLS number" feature that, due to MLS restrictions, will only be return results from the region in which the client ...
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What will be a good UI design for the iPhone app wise notification

I have a background thread working on collecting data, once that's ready, I want to send out a global notification such that all the views can get it. That's easily achievable logically. But visually, ...
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Which side of the screen should a user HUD be on?

I'm trying to come up with the UI for a game I'm creating for the iPhone/iPad. The game is based off another online game form years ago, and they had their HUD on the left side of the screen. I'm ...
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Should Android and iPhone UI be different?

I'm not completely new to developing apps, but I'm at a point where I'm trying to develop something and deploy it on several mobile platforms. To only concentrate on two major ones, suppose I'm ...
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Filtering and searching with UISearchBar on the iPhone?

For iPhone development, is there any UI/UX pattern I should be following with the UISearchBar to permit both filtering and searching? My use case is one screen were we display nearby in a UITableView ...
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What are some of the best e-tailer / catalogue iPhone apps or webapps you have seen, and what makes them great? [closed]

I've seen a few webapps or iPhone apps that have an enormous and heterogenous amount of items for sale, while managing information architecture / user experience so that is simple and easy to browse ...
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What would this widget be called?

What is this control that is used to select an item in this screenshot called? This is also in the latest Facebook for Android update. What is it called?
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iPhone button on screen with table view: last row or outside table?

I have a table view that's showing attributes of a record, very much like Edit Info screen in the iOS Contacts app. Also like that screen, I'd like to show a "Delete Record" button at the bottom. It ...
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What are some iPhone app examples that successfully use progress indicators [closed]

I am designing a iPhone app and the main function of the app is a 3 step process (steps most likely don't happen all at once (there could be a period of time between steps, unlike a signup flow). I ...
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Which icon in a native iPhone app's footer menu bar resembles 'sign-in'? [closed]

I'm looking for an icon that will live in an iPhone's footer menu bar that resembled 'sign-in'.
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Should I offer the ability to log into my service with a phone number?

I have a web app that you can currently log into with either your email address or your username. I'm developing a mobile application and I'm just wondering if I should offer the ability to log in ...
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Back Button Color in iOS

Why exactly is it that I'm not finding very many examples of a Back button being different color from the app background? Is there somekind of a rule in place? I proposed using a black Back button ...
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What should a “wizard” style interface on the iPad look like?

I'm working on my company's iPhone App and now I'm looking into the logistics involved with getting it to be an iPad native App as well (Universal App). Without going into too much detail, the App ...
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How to edit only one list in a split list view?

I'm helping out developing an iPhone app that enables access to a lot of list items of data. On the start screen, the user can dig into the list items through either predefined category shortcuts or ...
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Are conditional forms good practice on the iPhone?

I want to allow the user to enter data on an iPhone. I've got a screen that will look like: New Animal Name: Enter Name Type: [ Mammal ] | Amphibian Number of feet: 2 Or when ...
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Is there a name for the type of grouped list used for iPhone contacts?

I use iPhone contacts as an example but you see it everywhere. The sort of list I'm talking about is where the group header (e.g. in the contacts example "S" ) docks to the top of the list while you ...
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A workable tag auto-suggestion design for mobile devices

Over at Stack Exchange we (fairly) recently rolled out a mobile design for all of our sites. This was definitely a 1.0 attempt, and while I think it's a huge improvement over what we had (which was ...
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Is swipe gesture in Mobile Application distracting users with vertical scroling page ?

Normally Vertical scrolling page that used with up-down gesture for Mobile Application to browse data but also have next page to browse too Example of Sitemap Categories (Table List of ...