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Re: [newtech-1] Request for feedback on my iOS app

From: Susan C.
Sent on: Thursday, November 15, 2012 10:55 AM
David,

Excellent feedback.  I especially like the idea of auto-searching on the symptom screen.  I've been wrestling with what to label the button, and you made me realize than it is unneccessary and even awkward.  Also, I plan to eliminate the popup on the first screen.  Thanks!

Susan


From: david wang <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, November 14,[masked]:54 PM
Subject: Re: [newtech-1] Request for feedback on my iOS app

home screen
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When you add a medication, i'd have the button go to the side effects instead of that secondary "popup".  the option lines are too thin and it's not intuitive that they are buttons either.  i'd move the delete on the next screen into the toolbar.


medicine screen
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it took a long time to load.  have you considered just moving all the values locally (if the database isn't too large)
id organize the sympton by chance of having it - rare, frequent, infrequent
the symptoms also probably need some explanation... 
the symptons are left/right scrollable which is sort of weird
you may need a search bar for the symptoms if they have a lot (i looked at prozac)

search symptom
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find them is odd if I haven't entered anything.  i'd change cancel to "search" instead
when i select the sympton, it should auto search instead of waiting for me to use find them



Hope this helps!

-d


On Nov 14, 2012, at 3:44 PM, Susan Crayne <[address removed]> wrote:

Sai, thanks for your feedback.

1. Autocomplete - I think you've implemented some sort of a timeout after the user stop typing before trying to populate the list of names. That delay is a little disconcerting IMHO. 

I think what you are seeing is that the search happens only after the user types in 3 characters.  I could change it to 2, but then many more medication names would be downloaded which would take more time, so it's a tradeoff.

2. The autocomplete dropdown blinks to white at least once. 

I'll check this out

3. Use NavigationViewController - looks like you've implemented Back buttons across the app. I'd suggest implementing the same flow using a default control like the NavViewController.

I'll look into this.

4. "Find Them" label - If I have a couple of of medications entered in the app and try to search Side Effects by Symptom, I'm asked to enter symptoms and then "Find Them." (a) the label sounds too colloquial and informal (b) maybe you could think about presenting a multi select table with the list of medications instead of "Find Them."

It's pretty clear that the UI of this view is not intuitive.  The idea is that you select a symptom, and when you click the "Find Them" button, you get a list of all of your medications, and next to each one, an indication of the frequency that the symptom has been found to be a side effect of that medication. Even if the frequency is 0, the medication is listed to let the user know that the symptom is not a side effect of that medication. So maybe the button should say something like "Find Side Effect Frequencies for Medications", and the hint should be "Enter possible side effect" rather than "Enter symptom"?  Or something else?

5. Editing medication list - tapping on the white box next to the medication pops up a menu with "Delete, get side effects and cancel." I am forced to tap "cancel" to close this window. I'd rather be able to tap outside the menu to cancel.

Good idea.

6. Back to "Find Them" - On second thoughts, I'm not sure what that button is supposed to do in that screen.

See #4

Thanks again!

Susan


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From: Sai R <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, November 14,[masked]:03 PM
Subject: Re: [newtech-1] Request for feedback on my iOS app


Great start. Hope you're getting a lot of downloads/installs and comments :). I know how tough it is to get an app through to the store so congratulations on that.

My pet peeves with the app:

1. Autocomplete - I think you've implemented some sort of a timeout after the user stop typing before trying to populate the list of names. That delay is a little disconcerting IMHO. 
2. The autocomplete dropdown blinks to white at least once. 
3. Use NavigationViewController - looks like you've implemented Back buttons across the app. I'd suggest implementing the same flow using a default control like the NavViewController.
4. "Find Them" label - If I have a couple of of medications entered in the app and try to search Side Effects by Symptom, I'm asked to enter symptoms and then "Find Them." (a) the label sounds too colloquial and informal (b) maybe you could think about presenting a multi select table with the list of medications instead of "Find Them."
5. Editing medication list - tapping on the white box next to the medication pops up a menu with "Delete, get side effects and cancel." I am forced to tap "cancel" to close this window. I'd rather be able to tap outside the menu to cancel.
6. Back to "Find Them" - On second thoughts, I'm not sure what that button is supposed to do in that screen.


On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 8:29 AM, Susan Crayne <[address removed]> wrote:

Please take a moment to download and try my just-released app called SideEffects, http://bit.ly/T1M6LE.  Thanks.



Susan



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