I want to start off saying thanks. Thanks for the great software, the excellent customer service and one-on-one interactivity with all of us here on the boards.
First off, several have posted that they wouldn't change a thing. I personally think there is ALWAYS room for improvement. I completely agree with David on following the Apple Interface standards. The "Pixelmator" interface, while nice for an image editing app, I don't think it would work well in an accordance environment. Having used Photoshop for several years, I've come to appreciate the no frills UI. It allows me to focus on the task at hand.
I completely agree with Mr. Voth. I too use Accordance on a 15" ibook at times. I believe the resolution is 1024 x 768. I would like the ability to hide the search panel and the add texts section. Take for instance both Safari and Pages. With Safari I'm able to hide most of the interface down to the bare window and title bar. I can hide the Navigation bar, Tab Bar, Status Bar and Bookmark bar. There are two reasons why I like this feature. One, it allows flexibility and two, it hides distractions/features that are needed at that time. Some people like having every menu open at the same time, while others don't. Both Pages and Safari allow the flexibility to let the user decide how to use the program.
I don't think the "run inside a box" would be be beneficial. This is one thing that Windows does that I strongly dislike. What I would like to see though is for the floating palettes to be able to snap to the sides of windows or to have the resource pallet or library pallet work like the sidebar/drawer of several apps such as Pages, BBEdit and Preview. The ability to snap or combine the pallets within the window via a sidebar/drawer would give a cleaner appearance. I don't know that every single pallet needs to be separate. Although with Indesign and Photoshop I do at times uses them independent of the other pallets. I'll include a screenshots of some example pallets. I like Omnigraffle's Inspector pallet. The user can snap it to the side of the window if they prefer. What I especially like about it and this is what I was getting at above with the search window, The little arrows to the left that allow the user to click and hide parts of the inspector they don't need or want to see at any given time. Accordance already does this with the resource pallet.
Another option with the search window and the add texts panel would be to use something similar to what Xcode does to separate out the sections of the window. I think Joe made reference to this. It's cool because you can simply double click it to open/hide that portion of the window. Script Editor does this too.
As for the books looking like the printed text. Hmmm. I find myself using my own set of fonts and leading for reading onscreen much more useful. For instance, I'm a member of an online technology site that allows the reader to put books in a bookshelf and then read them. Most books are viewable in either html or a scan of the book. 9 times out of 10, I much prefer the html look. It's cleaner and allows some customization. Most notably, font size and leading. The leading feature that was added to accordance was a big deal for me personally, plus the ability to change the color of the background of the text. HUGE readability improvement.
"Vs, Ch, BK" triangles - I think you could make them the exact same style as the triangles used by "More options" within the search window, and not as big.
I have to agree with Joe as well on moving Accordance to Cocoa. You may lose some individuals who don't have an intel mac but they won't be completely left out in the cold as the current version of Accordance works on both platforms. If not I think you might run the risk of getting left behind. Adobe products have done this and even apple with their move to intel only macs. It's only a matter of time before we will all own one. I'm still using a mirror door G4 and ibook, both of which are about 8 years old but I don't expect companies to wait on me to upgrade before they do. (I'm doing the Dave Ramsey thing!)
Finally about the graphics. I think the colors used in the timeline could be better chosen. This is where a designer, like the one used to design the icons (which I like and find appropriate,) could enhance the look. Also Google Earth has spoiled me abit and makes my map seem lackluster. Although the ability to add my own layers is ultra cool.
I think Accordance is an outstanding program overall, but we can ALL use some improvement.
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