Hey guys, I have been working on a new interface for Syncthing lately and wanted to share it with you guys before proceeding further.
The goal with it is to make it easier for average users to use the app, by simplifying the interface and making it easy to understand what is happening at any given moment, without needing special knowledge or abilities. I wanted the interface to feel familiar by using recognizable design patterns.
The biggest change is that folders now look more like people expect folders to look like. Also I removed a lot of the information that is not necessary for a quick overview and moved it over to the edit screens. There was a bit of information overload that even confused me, a pretty savvy user, a lot.
Anyway a picture says a thousand words so here it is: http://invis.io/AB2A6DYZN
You can read and write comments on individual parts in InVision and I encourage you to do so.
When making comments please try to focus on making arguments that will improve the experience and stay away from personal preferences on color and other trivial things. Put yourself in the mindset of an average user and focus on things that would make it easier for them to use Syncthing.
Next up on my own todo list I have the following items:
- Make it clear where to start after installing the app without having to read the manual.
- Settings: Separate important settings from less important.