Augmented Earth now on the App Store!

William Prothero waprothero at gmail.com
Thu Jul 6 22:43:19 CEST 2017


Jonathon:
I clicked the gear icon and chose “Enter new User”. I entered my info, but what then? No button showed to accept my input or register me.

So…. I suggest you revamp/rethink your login system. It’s very important because it’s the first thing a new user sees and if she is frustrated, you are sunk. You may even want to consider having a “browse” mode where a user can see certain content without creating an account. Fields that aren’t needed should not be shown or made dark grey. It confuses the user.

I suggest you have two buttons that are prominent on your opening page, in addition to your nice graphics. One says something like “New User”, the other “Log In” with text explaining “Log In” means you have an account. After the system accepts the information, you get a page that verifies the  login was ok, and invites you to update your profile. BTW, the profile should ask specific questions, but be optional. Privacy policy? Or you could just take the successfully logged in user to the first page you want them to see and let the gear icon take them to their account. 

I do think some kind of “tour” or “browse” type mode would be a good idea, though.

This gets me thinking about how an application like this might be education oriented. Wouldn’t it be great if students from schools around the world could interact and post pictures and discuss science topics? It would have to have strong safety so only school children and their teachers would be online. Lessons of international interest could be available or posted by teachers. Students interact to see how a particular phenomenon affects their locale. Just thinking aloud. I have a colleague in Malawi that teaches geography, and she is very interested in teaching her students about solar cooking. A great subject for her, she sent me a picture of her cooking maize over a wood fire. 

Good luck with your app. I’m looking forward to new revisions. Also, have you thought about getting reviews before you put it on the app store? You want to avoid getting a bad reputation when you are just debugging and testing user experience. 

Best,
Bill

> On Jul 6, 2017, at 11:57 AM, William Prothero via use-livecode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
> 
> Jonathon:
> A common solutionfor this is to have two buttons. One says: “I am a new first-time User” and the other one says: “I have an account. Log me in.” That would avoid the confusion.
> 
> Best,
> Bill
> 
>> On Jul 6, 2017, at 10:51 AM, Jonathan Lynch via use-livecode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>> 
>> I think I am going to add a first-load script that explicitly asks the user if they want to create a new login, and explain they can do this at any time through the Universal Button. 
>> 
>> I think I am going to change the image for the Universal button as well. although not sure exactly to what.
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>> On Jul 6, 2017, at 1:17 PM, jonathandlynch at gmail.com wrote:
>>> 
>>> Hi Bill
>>> 
>>> If you click the gear button, it will let you create a new user.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> My daughter just made the same observation - I will find a way to make it obvious.
>>> 
>>> Thanks!
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> 
>>>> On Jul 6, 2017, at 12:36 PM, William Prothero via use-livecode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Jonathon:
>>>> Impressive app. You’re going to have fun keeping control of the trollers. Anyway, I downloaded it and opened it on my iPad Pro, latest distro of iOS. I got the main screen, then it sent me to the registration screen, where I entered a userName and password. Below the “Password” field, the “New Password” field and all those below it stayed greyed out. I could go no further. If I pressed “Return” after my password entry, it tried to register me but I got an “Invalid credentials dialog.
>>>> 
>>>> I quit the app, opened it again, and got the same behavior.
>>>> 
>>>> I’m looking forward to seeing this final app. Looks very ambitious, and should be a winner. Look out, FaceBook!
>>>> Best,
>>>> Bill P
>>>> 
>>>>> On Jul 6, 2017, at 7:01 AM, Jonathan Lynch via use-livecode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> Hi everyone,
>>>>> 
>>>>> Version 1 of Augmented Earth is now live on the Apple App Store :)
>>>>> 
>>>>> If you get a chance, please check it out. This is just a soft launch, but I am excited to have it out there. I won't start heavy promotion until version 1.5.
>>>>> 
>>>>> I will be posting a map-only version on Livecode Share for explaining how to do 3D webgl Earth maps in LC, prior to my presentation at the September LC Global conference.
>>>>> 
>>>>> All constructive feedback is welcome, I have much to improve.
>>>>> 
>>>>> A big thanks to everyone here for all the helpful tips :)
>>>>> 
>>>>> Here is the link, for iPhone/iPad users:
>>>>> 
>>>>> https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/augmented-earth/id1252486908?ls=1&mt=8
>>>>> 
>>>>> Sent from my iPhone
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