Author Topic: Instant inbox-entry from Account List  (Read 18266 times)

cenozoite

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Instant inbox-entry from Account List
« on: April 09, 2013, 11:39:57 pm »
In general Aquamail's interface is fantastic and much better than most other programs. One less-than-stellar aspect however is that from the mail Account List screen, you are absolutely forced to FIRST click on an account to expand the folder list, and THEN click on Inbox if that's where you want to go. Either that, or always/sometimes leave the folder list expanded, causing more clutter confusion.

It would be much better if, as in K-9 and most other email clients, clicking on account from the main list just automatically took you right into the inbox. 95% of the time this is where users want to go right away, and so forcing a two-step click is quite inconvenient. In fact, a variation on the way K-9 does it would be ideal. Have a little clickable folder icon to the far left of the account name. Clicking on that icon expands the account into the full folder list, allowing the user to select Sent/Drafts/Trash or whatever if desired. But a click on the main name of the account just jumps into the Inbox.

Right now, having to click twice every time to access the Inbox for a specific account is deterring me from using the app more regularly.

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Re: Instant inbox-entry from Account List
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2013, 12:39:05 am »
+1

Kostya Vasilyev

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Re: Instant inbox-entry from Account List
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2013, 03:33:49 am »
But if tapping an account would always open the inbox, how would one expand / collapse an account?

- tapping an account's unread counter opens the first folder with unread messages

- there is a setting under "look and feel" to "open the app in..." where you can specify a folder

- the same screen has a setting to expand all accounts in the account list, so any folder is just one tap away

Do these help?


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Re: Instant inbox-entry from Account List
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2013, 11:06:53 am »
@Kostya: Yes, right. Didn't see it that way...
So: -1
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cenozoite

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Re: Instant inbox-entry from Account List
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2013, 05:22:04 pm »
There would be a small icon at the far LEFT of the account name (similar to the unread count icon at the far right) that looks like a little brown square folder, and is always present. Tapping that little icon would expand or collapse the account folder tree/list, while tapping the NAME part of the account-name would take you to the Inbox right away.

This is already how K-9 does it so it's nothing difficult or radical, the small difference being that K-9 shows the folder list in a popup window instead of simply expanding it downward, which Aquamail does and is preferable.

The unread counter is only visible when there are in fact, unread messages, so it is not always available to be used in this fashion. Many times upon entering the app I want to jump quickly into an account's Inbox even when there are no new unread items, just to review some old ones or reply to one I'd read previously but not yet responded.

I think that more often, a user will want to jump into his Inbox, rather than expand and view additional folders, so that should be the "main" function activated by tapping the account name. The less frequent function of expanding the folder tree, should be reserved for the smaller finger-touch area, the small icon at the far left representing a folder.

I can attach a screenshot from K-9 here to show exactly what I mean, but of course, K-9 is so well known that I'm sure this isn't necessary as its interface will be familiar. Also, I'm not suggesting to turn Aquamail into a K-9 copy, since I prefer the AM interface and functionality in almost every other way. This is just one small feature where I think K-9 does it in a more user-friendly way, that hopefully AM can incorporate somehow.

If you don't want to change the whole current behaviour what tapping the account name does, at the very least you could have the unread counter always visible, even when it's zero, so the user can still quick access the Inbox with one click on it at any time.

Thanks...

EDIT: Come to think of it, you would not really even need to create a new "folder icon" to place at the far left of the account name on the main list.. You could continue using the expand/collapse arrow that's already in place. Just have it be its own separate clickable zone, which performs a different action from clicking on the main account name.
« Last Edit: April 11, 2013, 09:41:20 pm by cenozoite »

Kostya Vasilyev

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Re: Instant inbox-entry from Account List
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2013, 04:04:49 am »
Yeah, but it's a really small area to tap on.
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cenozoite

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Re: Instant inbox-entry from Account List
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2013, 06:03:38 pm »
Right, so.... make a slightly larger folder icon where that ">" expand/collapse symbol is currently located, just like K-9 has, with the functionality described, and it will work perfectly :)

As I said if you don't want to change this, I would be perfectly happy with the unread counter being visible at all times, for quick entry into the Inbox even when there are zero unread messages. I just want to avoid two clicks to enter Inbox, and also don't want main account list cluttered with expanded folder trees by default. So, this solution would work also...

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Re: Instant inbox-entry from Account List
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2013, 03:36:46 pm »
As I said if you don't want to change this, I would be perfectly happy with the unread counter being visible at all times, for quick entry into the Inbox even when there are zero unread messages. I just want to avoid two clicks to enter Inbox, and also don't want main account list cluttered with expanded folder trees by default. So, this solution would work also...
That sounds great.
I second this.

cenozoite

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Re: Instant inbox-entry from Account List
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2013, 11:53:33 pm »
As I said if you don't want to change this, I would be perfectly happy with the unread counter being visible at all times, for quick entry into the Inbox even when there are zero unread messages. I just want to avoid two clicks to enter Inbox, and also don't want main account list cluttered with expanded folder trees by default. So, this solution would work also...

Any chance of adding this feature, as a user-enablable option withing settings?

Kostya Vasilyev

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Re: Instant inbox-entry from Account List
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2013, 03:43:58 am »
This was recently added -- please see the Development builds section on this forum.
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cenozoite

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Re: Instant inbox-entry from Account List
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2013, 05:59:59 pm »
This was recently added -- please see the Development builds section on this forum.

Ahh I just installed the dev version and the feature is working great! Thanks so much for implementing this request!!  ;D

I notice that when in tablet mode with this option enabled (inbox instead of expand, on account tap), the account folder tree on the left-side view is in fact still expanded, as well as the right-side view displaying the Inbox immediately when the account name is tapped, meaning that if you have 7 accounts and you just wanted to tap each one in succession to view the Inbox of each in order, you still have to deal with manually collapsing the currently viewed account once you're done with it (or scrolling down to reach the next account if there are many folders between current and next account). But hey this is pretty minor in the end and I'm not really complaining about it.

Slightly more ideal would be to only have the little ">" icon control the expanding/collapsing in tablet mode when this option is enabled, just as is the case when in in regular phone mode, but like I said it's a minor quibble and I can live with it in its current form.

Thanks again for accommodating this! :)