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John M.
2004-12-10, 17:33
With the TiVo remote, Up and Down is used to scroll inside a list. Right is
used to select an item or to drill down to the next level. Left is used to
bring you to the previous list, i.e. to drill up.

For example, in the main menu you use Down to move to "Pick Programs to
Record." Then you use Right (or Select) to move to the next menu. Then you
use Down to select Movies. Then Right to move to the next menu. Then Down
to select Comedies. Then Right to get to the screen where you enter the
name of the movie.

TiVo is definitely designed for the lay person. I think it's just a matter
of getting used to the system. After a week, assuming other devices in your
house are not the opposite, I think it will be second nature.

> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of
> David Jameson
> Sent: Friday, December 10, 2004 3:57 PM
> To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> Subject: [slim] User interface feedback
>
> Dean, no need to justify it to me - I understand it
> completely - I simply want to make the point that there are
> people who have trouble with it.
>
> It is possible (if not probable) that my wife would have a
> problem with the IPod too - but that doesn't change the fact
> that if someone is confused, they are less likely to buy!
>
> I wonder how many people who purchase SqueezeBoxes are NOT technical.
>
> D
>
>
> "dean blackketter" <dean (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com> wrote in message
> news:A37F0438-4AF5-11D9-BD26-000393DB3CFA (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com...
> > The Squeezebox user interface is a bit like the iPod user interface
> > (although we did it first!) where the items at your current
> level are
> > a list of items. To scroll through that list, you use the
> UP and DOWN
> > buttons.
> >
> > When you find one that you like, you can press the RIGHT
> button to go
> > into it. (The animation gives some feedback visually as it
> moves you
> > to the
> > right...) To go back out, press the left button.
> >
> > The iPod differs in that they have a select button in the middle of
> > the scroll wheel. Personally, I don't like this aspect of the iPod
> > interface, because pressing the middle button moves you
> right, but only sometimes.
> > Sometimes it also plays the thing you selected.
> >
> > We Squeezebox has the luxury of also having a PLAY button,
> so the user
> > interface makes a distinction between navigating (i.e. using the
> > UP/DOWN/LEFT/RIGHT) around the space and actions (the PLAY and ADD
> > buttons) that choose what to listen to. It's more
> consistent and more
> > flexible (i.e. you can navigate into a track and find out
> more about
> > that
> > track) but perhaps a little bit harder to learn.
> >
> > I'm not trying to say that it's perfect, but this is the thinking
> > behind how it works. Thanks for the feedback, keep it coming.
> >
> > -dean
> >
> > p.s. Some time ago, somebody (the name escapes me this
> moment) created
> > an alternate interface that used LEFT/RIGHT to navigate at the same
> > level and UP/DOWN to go in and out. It was interesting to
> play with,
> > but one of the issues I do remember was that it felt slower
> since the
> > animation moving left/right took time when you were
> scrolling through
> > potentially large lists.
> >
> >
> >
> > On Dec 10, 2004, at 12:59 PM, David Jameson wrote:
> >
> >> I'm not sure where this belongs - it's vaguely amusing but it may
> >> also be an inhibitor to sales so I think it's worth a discussion.
> >>
> >> My wife has been struggling to use our squeezeboxes.
> Although she's
> >> extremely smart, her field is psychology, not technology, so she
> >> should be viewed as a "typical" consumer when it comes to
> computing.
> >>
> >> She could not build a user conceptual model for when she
> should use
> >> the UP/DOWN buttons vs. RIGHT/LEFT buttons.
> >>
> >> So (silly me :-) I tried to explain parent/child
> relationships, i.e.
> >> you can have a set of genres, underneath of which you have
> a set of
> >> artists, underneath of which you have albums for each artist, and
> >> underneath of which you have the songs for each album
> >>
> >>
> >> She thought about this for a while and then said that if
> that's the
> >> way it's supposed to work, then the RIGHT/LEFT buttons
> should be used
> >> to scroll the
> >> genres, or the artists, or the albums, etc and then the
> DOWN arrow
> >> should
> >> be used to go down to the next level.....her point being that
> >> children are BELOW parents on a tree.
> >>
> >>
> >> She has a point. A good user conceptual model is critical to
> >> acceptance in the marketplace - the more easily people
> "get it", the
> >> better the chance of selling to them.
> >>
> >>
> >> Thoughts?
> >>
> >> David Jameson
> >>
> >> --
> >> _______
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>