Gallery edit bar doesn’t show, iPhone 6+

The gallery edit toolbar doesn’t show when the gallery is tapped.

Tapping, but nothing.

Tapping, but nothing.

Also, the image edit toolbar has visual glitches and is hard to tap. On first tap I usually get the copy menu. Second or third tap brings up the edit modal.

#editor, #galleries, #ios, #media, #phablet, #web

Damaged Image Details modal, Macnchrome, 4.2-alpha-31392

Noticed this today.

#chrome, #desktop, #macos, #media, #modal, #web

Caption changes are not reflected in the editor, Macnchrome, 4.2-alpha-31332

When you edit a caption, the edits are not reflected in the editor’s gallery embed. This induces distrust and anxiety. With every caption change, I either Update or Preview the post to verify the changes. Both require scrolling and losing my place. Because I don’t trust changes that don’t show in the editor, I’ll preview again before publish so I can scrutinize the captions. This is a worry pattern.

#captions, #chrome, #desktop, #editor, #galleries, #macos, #media, #web

Eliminating the sidebar in the media modal

Killing the sidebar in the mobile media modal seems the key to opening up a good design. Start there and ask questions about selection, particularly multi-select, and access to image detail views that feature full-width, easy-to-discern images.  Selection and image views are the two most important things. They need to be readily accessible, and they must flowFlow Flow is the path of screens and interactions taken to accomplish a task. It’s an experience vector. Flow is also a feeling. It’s being unselfconscious and in the zone. Flow is what happens when difficulties are removed and you are freed to pursue an activity without forming intentions. You just do it.

Flow is the actual user experience, in many ways. If you like, you can think of flow as a really comprehensive set of user stories. When you think about user flow, you’re thinking about exactly how a user will perform the tasks allowed by your product.Flow and Context
. Do we use a selection toggle like the media library’s grid view does? Are image views accessible during multi-select? The media library’s grid view does not make image views accessible during bulk selection, but interfaces like G+ make them accessible with a tap. Should the default action be selection or image detail view? Does this change in different flows? The primary multi-select flow is uploading images from the camera roll, which will likely use the selection mechanism provided by the Android and iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. file choosers. How does this affect our multi-select approach within the media modal?Gallery/camera roll interfaces are not the same as a modal inserting images and galleries into a post. How much can we borrow from these interfaces? Mobile, multi-select, access to big images. These must be solved in a flowful way.

The media library grid view avoids a sidebar via an attachment details modal.

Grid view handles multi-select via a toggle button.

During multi-select, image detail views are unavailable. The G+ app on Kitkat handles this with an overlay on the image thumbnails.

A mockup of the media modal with sidebar eliminated.

 

#desktop-bias, #media, #modal

Scrolling beneath modals, Nexus 5, iPhone 5, 4.1-alpha-20141002

The media modal, attachment details modal, and link modal all have scrolling problems on mobile/touch devices. The page beneath them scrolls, resulting in stacked scrolling and a bad experience.

Nexus 5 Media Modal:

Nexus 5 Link Modal:

Nexus 5 Attachment Details Modal:

iPhone 5, all three modals:

#android, #ios, #links, #media, #modal, #phone, #scroll-bleed, #web

Sharing multiple images from Photos to the WP app, Nexus 5, 2.9.1

To get around the lack of multi-select in the Android WP app, I make use of multi-select sharing on the Nexus 5.

#android, #app, #media, #phone

Visual record comparison: The medial modal on a Nexus 5, one month ago and today

One month ago

One month ago

 

Today

Today

#android, #media, #modal, #phone, #visual-comparison, #web

Media Modal, Nexus 5, 4.0-beta1

Screenshot_2014-07-13-15-58-04

#android, #media, #modal, #phone

Media Modal, Nexus 5, Android 4.4.3

Portrait.

Screenshot_2014-06-13-10-46-34

Landscape.

Screenshot_2014-06-13-10-47-30

#android, #media, #modal, #phone, #web