[SM16 UI] Menu Bar - Tweaks and a Bug
Idea shared by kevind - 5/2/2017 at 9:18 AM
Good job with the menu bar at the top of the screen instead of the left side! It's a nice improvement as it's more user-friendly and consistent with other web-based programs.
Here are a few tweaks:
  • Move the Settings button (gear icon) to the right side of menu bar like it is at Yahoo, Gmail, and Outlook.com.
  • Move "Open the Online Help" and "About SmarterMail" to this new Settings button like it is in Internet Explorer.
  • Remove "Open the" from the Online Help menu as it's not really needed.
  • The 3x3 grid with the drop down for News Feed, File Storage, and Reports seems complex. Why not just add these icons across the top as there's plenty of room. Then you don't have to update the icon when a selection is made (if you go into Reports the icon changes and it's not intuitive to get into File Storage).
And a bug:
  • When using Win 7 and IE 11, if you click the box on the far right, the Logout option does not have a black background. It's white on white and you can't see the Logout unless you hover over it. Work fine in Chrome.

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Andrea Free Replied
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Hey Kevin,
Thank you for the requests and bug report! I've forwarded this information on to the development team for their consideration and review.

Andrea Free
SmarterTools Inc.


Fixed: the Logout button now shows up in IE11 with version 16.0.6334.
But all the suggestions still remain, including the biggest one:
  • Move the Settings button (gear icon) to the right side like it is in most other email programs (Outlook.com, Yahoo, Gmail, etc.).
And here's 1 more idea to consider:
  • Would it make sense to move the Available, Away, Do Not Disturb, and Offline options to the Chat menu instead of the User/Logout menu?
FWIW, seems like these 3 choices that are all the same: Away, Do Not Disturb, and Offline.
Tim Uzzanti Replied
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There are multiple settings "My Settings and Domain Settings"... also these are sections that take you out of your existing work and why they are on the left so you know where are at.

Offline is, you don't want to be logged into XMPP at all.

Away is, you are logged in but is a temporary status when you are doing something else. It is mostly used by clients that detect whether you are in other applications etc. Its an XMPP thing.

DND is, a permanent status and allows you to chat others but not be disturbed.

Tim Uzzanti
SmarterTools Inc.
(877) 357-6278
Sounds good. Thanks for the reply. I might post the Settings idea (My Settings, not Domain) in a new thread just to see if there's anyone else thinks it would be user-friendly.

Good explanation for the various Chat modes. Would it make sense to move those 4 different choices to under the Chat menu button?

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