Six months ago, I conceptualized a method for easily switching folders on the iOS SpringBoard. I said it could be done by swiping left or right in a folder to move to the next folder. You can go over as many times as there are folders and of course go back and forth.
This concept is now a reality. It was added to OverBoard by Ryan Petrich a few months ago. Find it on Cydia.
Hopefully this one day makes it to the OS X Launchpad – two finger swipe to move between folders.
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12 months ago
Interesting idea, but i'm not sold on the swipe mechanism feeling natural or intrinsic for such an action. There's no indication for it.
I think a more suitable method would simply be by simply not dimming any of the folder icons on screen to the extent that the app icons do. This would at least indicate that they are still accessible/tappable.
@Newar: The not-dimming part is an interesting idea, similar to iTunes 11. The tappable part would conflict with going out of the folder and doesn't play well with paging.
Also, it doesn't hinder the user experience to not necessarily be queued on it.
A little busy.
@Brent Caswell: How so?
@Joshua Tucker I think that it shouldn't fade in and out or close and reopen. If the chevron slid from one folder icon to the next while the app icons slid left/right along with the chevron, that might look a little cleaner.
Something to think about. If the inactive folder icon was a little less faded out than the other applications it might be clearer that when you tap it, it will react in a different way than when you tap any of other other icons.
Just some ideas. I really like the idea though, I think it's a useful detail.
@Brent Caswell I agree the transition should be more quick and not as "fade in fade out." I unfortunately wasn't able to sway the implementation of it due to not working with Ryan Petrich on this directly, however my original intent was to show the content much more fluidly; to your point.
The issue with have other folders tappable, again, conflicts with the canceling out of the folder. Plus, if you're in a folder, all the interaction with it should be inside the area so to speak. Also, since the folder view takes up a lot of space, it wouldn't be as practical and wouldn't work as well when having to switch pages (which is fixed by swiping - ability to move across pages with folders).
by Joshua Tucker
Updated my iOS 6 folder switching concept. Love where this could go.
Tap the title of the open folder to view the other folders on your SpringBoard. Scroll through to change folders.
Got to dabble in After Effects "heavily" for the first time. This was a great way to practice!
about 1 month ago
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