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New "Send Later" idea

Postby ElBob » Fri Nov 03, 2006 8:43 am

I was thinking about what is probably my most used feature of Adium, and I realized that when I set a message to be sent later, there isn't really any indication that I have a message waiting to be sent, nor is there a simple way to delete it. Well, after some thinking, I decided that it would probably look cool if the message showed up in the chat log, but in a grey box instead of whatever the default for your theme is, with a little X where the timestamp usually is.

I photoshopped this mockup of what my idea might look like for the Mockie theme, tell me what you think!

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Postby Catfish_Man » Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:02 am

I like it. I bet I can figure out how to implement it as well... just a matter of finding time.

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Postby TheSilverFox06 » Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:16 am

The only issue I can think of would be integrating it into already existing message styles, considering all the different coloring schemes and such.

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Postby The_Tick » Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:48 am

We already have an inline button for file transfer, so if we had it inlined with that style of button it wouldn't be so bad.

Something like:

message
(send) (don't send) (send later)

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Postby ElBob » Fri Nov 03, 2006 12:27 pm

Maybe it could be done in a way such that if a theme defines a specific way to handle this function it will be used, otherwise an inline button will be. I'll sleep on it and come up with a photoshop tomorrow.

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Postby Sean » Fri Nov 03, 2006 12:46 pm

That's a cool idea though I think it needs some kind of text description too like (Will be sent later).

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Postby Catfish_Man » Fri Nov 03, 2006 1:28 pm

ElBob wrote:Maybe it could be done in a way such that if a theme defines a specific way to handle this function it will be used, otherwise an inline button will be. I'll sleep on it and come up with a photoshop tomorrow.


This is how file transfer is handled, although I don't know of any styles providing custom file transfer html right now.

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Postby John Don » Sat Nov 04, 2006 8:00 am

This is a really cool idea I'd love to see implemented. I really like how the little "x" icon is there too, in case one wants to cancel the "send later".
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Postby Wengero » Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:16 am

I think that all messages sent after the contact has signed up should automatically go like the one in the screenshot. There should also be another circle next to the cancel circle that has a straight arrow in it that forces the message to be sent on click.

There should be a way to distinguish the unsent messages from the sent ones. Either a different colour style(hard for all the different themes to convert), or a break in the message window where it says: The following messages are waiting to be sent. Followed by all the unsent (in normal message style) messages, and all forced messages should automatically be moved above the unsent line.

Quick addition to the original photoshop to show my ideas:
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Postby The_Tick » Sat Nov 04, 2006 11:07 am

I think these buttons are much too small for users to notice them in a meaningful way. :)

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Postby ElBob » Sat Nov 04, 2006 12:38 pm

I like the idea for a button to force send the message, it consolidates all your options. Here are the photoshops I promised;

Here is a second version of the original, a bit cleaned up, and with some identifier text added and the "Send Now" button:

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Here is a version without a special theme:

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And here is a version with an inline button, I don't really like how it looks, but I figured I would post it anyways:

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Postby xSpikex » Sat Nov 04, 2006 3:16 pm

hmmm I really like this idea! that would be a nice feature.
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Postby yelly » Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:01 pm

it would also be cool if there was an unsent messages window that consolidates all of these.

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Postby The_Tick » Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:35 pm

Another thought, why are you folks focusing on keeping the button on the right?

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Postby yelly » Sat Nov 04, 2006 11:07 pm

The_Tick wrote:Another thought, why are you folks focusing on keeping the button on the right?

what is the alternative?

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Postby The_Tick » Sat Nov 04, 2006 11:10 pm

yelly wrote:
The_Tick wrote:Another thought, why are you folks focusing on keeping the button on the right?

what is the alternative?


Not focusing on the right side of the window...

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Postby yelly » Sat Nov 04, 2006 11:30 pm

The_Tick wrote:
yelly wrote:
The_Tick wrote:Another thought, why are you folks focusing on keeping the button on the right?

what is the alternative?


Not focusing on the right side of the window...

well, were else could it go without looking silly?

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Postby The_Tick » Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:13 am

yelly wrote:
The_Tick wrote:
yelly wrote:
The_Tick wrote:Another thought, why are you folks focusing on keeping the button on the right?

what is the alternative?


Not focusing on the right side of the window...

well, were else could it go without looking silly?


Have you seen the inline file transfer ui in the betas?

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Postby Wengero » Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:18 am

But the way how i see this, you can have multiple messages queued up to be sent, which would make using the inline file transfer method huge.

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Postby The_Tick » Sun Nov 05, 2006 2:08 am

I'm not seeing the button on the right being more usable than the sheet which explains things and has the options needed.


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