I'm considering a major revamp of StitchBuddy HD's user interface on iOS:
There was no standard way to offer file management capabilities when I designed the app years ago: So I created a "gallery view" with options to work with design files like rename, delete, move - including cloud synchronization. Times have changed, and Apple is offering the same look and feel like Files, Numbers or Pages to 3rd party apps: A common interface to navigate through folders and storage locations, and to perform file operations.
It seems to be a good idea to use this document browser for several reasons:
- The interface is already familiar to iOS users from other apps like Files, Numbers, Pages.
- External storage like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, but especially USB drives would be directly accessible in StitchBuddy HD.
- Operations like convert or copy could be performed on multiple files.
- The app's code base would become much leaner, with less risks of errors or complications.
On the other hand it's coming with some disadvantages as options to customize Apple's document browser are limited:
- Existing customers would face a different user interface.
- Design properties like size or format version could not be shown in the file list.
- Some options would be moved to the design view (e.g. printing, help, In-App purchase).
What is your opinion about this idea? Would you prefer a changed, but standardized user interface with its benefits, but also coming with some compromises? Or do you want to keep the current situation with no need to adjust your way of working? What's on your personal wish list for file management in StitchBuddy HD, and which drawback isn't acceptable?
I'd love to have your view on this one…