Ditch Black & White - Bring Colored Icons to SmarterMail 16
Idea shared by Ronald Raley - June 3, 2017 at 9:28 AM
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I would like to start a rally for SmarterTools to ditch black and white icons in SmarterMail 16.  Replace them with vibrant color!
 
This is my argument:
When using the tools everyday, colored icons will fire more neurotransmitters in your brain than black & white icons.  In other words, it would be easier for the human brain to remember these functions, thus a better experience.
 
I understand themes are coming, but don't be afraid of color in the baseline product.  Vote if you agree.

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This. I love this!!!

Christopher

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Andrea Rogers Replied
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Thanks for the suggestion, Ronald! I voted up the thread in my agreement, though I do hope for the ability to customize these colors as Administrators see fit. Themes are coming to SmarterMail in the future, and I'm excited to see their implementation! 

Andrea Rogers
Communications Specialist
SmarterTools Inc.
877-357-6278

www.smartertools.com

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Related to this, but I didn't want to start another thread about it, is that there's a bit too much white-space IMO in the UI, particularly in pages like the Manage -> Spool page.  The trend towards white-space has always been a bit of a waste of screen space, but in a data-intensive web application all this white-space just makes it harder to see the data.
 
So my simple suggestion is the following style rule:
 
.st-table .table>tbody>tr>td, .st-table .table>tbody>tr>th, .st-table .table>tfoot>tr>td, .st-table .table>tfoot>tr>th, .st-table .table>thead>tr>td, .st-table .table>thead>tr>th
 
Change the padding: 10px to something a little more moderate, like padding: 5px.  I tested that using Chrome's dev tools on the spool management page and it made quite a bit of difference in both how well the columns fit on the page as well as how many rows show on the screen before scrolling.
 
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I also dont like the "View Logs" page, everything feels crammed in the right side with a ton of wasted whitespace...

Christopher

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This thread's new slogan is "Make SmarterMail Colorful Again"
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:))
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I wonder if they will consider ditching the monochrome product.  Don't be afraid of color for those buttons at the top!
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Ron, great suggestion!  Somehow this post has been out here for 1.5 years, has 11 votes, and I never saw it until today.

I posted a similar suggestion a couple months ago...

Let's hope something gets done soon. One of SmarterMail's best features has always been the great UI. Unfortunately, we lost this with v16 and customers are looking at alternatives. :(
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I respectfully disagree making the favicons for SmarterMail, SmarterTrack, and SmarterStats all blue.  It is very difficult for me to navigate through the applications.

Consider getting away from the monochrome tools guys.  It just makes sense.  Tim Uzzanti, please chime in for us. All of the product buttons have been greyed out and even the rich text editors are totally monochrome, making it hard to find text colors, photo, hyperlink, etc.

Vote to bring back the colors guys!  It would make the product more successful.  Proven.  Guaranteed.
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Andrea Rogers Replied
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There has been some internal interest in creating a colorful theme for the interface. It's something we will consider for a future version. 

Andrea Rogers
Communications Specialist
SmarterTools Inc.
877-357-6278

www.smartertools.com

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