Maemo UI improvements blog.

July 12, 2009

Preview: BlueMaemo

Filed under: Light UI modifications — Tags: , , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 00:01

title_iconHello everybody.

Today I’d like to show you some results of my work with Valério Valério on his famous BlueMaemo. We’ve done great ammount of job and I’m pretty happy with what we have  got. Mostly I’ve made just general restyling but some useful features was also added. Hope you’ll enjoy it too when it will reach your tablets and now let me show you what you can expect soon.

So, when you’ll launch fresh version of BlueMaemo you’ll immediately notice the difference. I thought it would be obvious to use blue color as the base. Also you can see that UI arrangement now looks exactly like upcomming Maemo 5 “Fremantle” UI. That was made to less confuse users with jumping “close” and “back” and helping them to get used to the new OS interface much faster. All menu options now have text labels for easier navigation. Connection status is now shown on the bottom cause wasting precious menu space on such a small function is bad. maemo.org logo is now improved too :P

shot1

Ok, let’s move on and look at some key changes in functionality. Let’s start with Mouse.

shot2

As you can see, trackpad now looks like actual trackpad. Buttons are at the bottom in places where user will expect them to be. Commonly used RMB and LMB now as large as on the real thing. Hold label will glow when you’ll activate it. Also notice a quick switch between mouse and keyboard on the top. It was made for all users without hardware keyboards (n800 for example) to make their operations faster. Let’s click it.

shot3As you can see, keyboard changes are mostly visual, all acts the same. However, there is one small functional change – Esc and F12 keys are finaly there :D

Now let’s look at the mode that most of you are using BlueMaemo for – multimedia.

shot4This mode is totaly revamped and enchanced. Now it looks just like you would expect to look media player controls. Now you have separate buttons for previous/next and rewind/fast forward if your player supports this functionality. Also you can see a “Profile” option. it was made for those users that want to control more than one player/media center application. For example different players for audio and video. Now you can adjust as many profiles as you want and switch them rapidly. Now let’s take a look at the gamepad mode.

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It has profiles too and some more buttons were added without harming usability. Genesis fans will be happy :)

That’s definitely not all that we can show you and changes can be made anytime. Share your opinion bout Bluemaemo and this particular restyling, maybe you have some cool ideas to tell.

Thanks Valério for such a great maemo software and thank you for reading.

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6 Comments »

  1. looks interesting, for ones ;)

    Comment by turn.self.off — July 12, 2009 @ 01:24

  2. Looks good! Can’t wait to see VDVsx’s update. ;)

    P.S: Happy Birthday! Hope you’re having a good one. :)

    -qwerty12

    Comment by Faheem — July 12, 2009 @ 15:40

  3. Very beautiful! I guess the gamepad is not really usable because of the resistive touchscreen.

    Comment by keesj — July 12, 2009 @ 23:40

  4. Looks great cant wait to have it on my n800,I hope it doesn’t takes a lot of time to have it

    Good luck

    Comment by Ricardo — July 13, 2009 @ 00:05

  5. [...] 2009 was a great year, I’ve, as always, helped various unique projects, such as Mnemosyne, BlueMaemo, Ati85 and even Mer. You can even see some of my UI ideas for Fremantle live [...]

    Pingback by 2010 UI countdown. #10 – Transmission. « Maemo UI improvements blog. — December 22, 2009 @ 00:53

  6. I tried it yesterday with Ubuntu Karmic and it works great. :-D
    Nice job.

    Please add the hardware keyboard support though – it’s easier to use than the on-screen keyboard. :)

    Comment by smk — January 4, 2010 @ 17:43


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