Here's a quick update on some more MODX 2.3 design work and a follow on from my previous post. An upcoming work commitment and some time off means I'm handing these in a little earlier than planned. Despite some inconsistencies and a general tidy up, I'm pretty happy with them. Another two or three days design work would probably take them across the finish line but it's not something I'm likely to be able to tackle within the next 2 months.
The Apps screen is my attempt at a redesign of the Package Manager. Having looked at the current layout, I've spotted some opportunities to consolidate some of the interface elements displayed and turn this into more of a traditional grid layout.
The View Details button has been replaced by a plus symbol to the left of the App name (which is also a link). Clicking this toggles visibility of the App info panel.
Unsinstall, Resinstall, Check for Updates, Remove etc have all been consolidated into a Manage column. The little cog button in the final column is a drop down menu where many App actions are brought together.
I've a new Status column which supersedes the Installed column. The Status column displays the current state of an App and those possible states are Running, Not Installed, and Update (Version Number).
There's an opportunity here (IMHO) to merge the Version and Release columns into a single column. I don't how useful it is to display and filter these separately when a single column would suffice.
Finally (and this may be a little overkill), the Apps link on the top navigation bar now has a drop down menu containing some update info (see below).
You can see that 2 of my Apps (Wayfinder and getResources) have updates and the little 2 in the nav bar indictates this. I borrowed this idea from the MODX Cloud dashboard and it's pretty cool.
In the case where you have 10 or 20 Apps installed, you don't want a huge drop down menu listing all of them so perhaps the drop down menu only displays your 'favourited' apps and then a View All link.
One aspect of the Manage Users screen I've always wanted was photo integration of Users. Here's how that works with a small 38 pixel photo integrated into the grid.
Where no photo exists, a simple silhouette image exists (see User, Philip Evans). To achieve the space required for a photo, I've merged the existing Active and Blocked columns. Those two cols now exist under a single Status column. Similar to the Status of Apps (mentioned above), user status can be Active, Registered (but not active), Blocked and Inactive. Perhaps Inactive can be dropped or a user can be considered Inactive is they've no activity within a X month period as determined by a Manager.
I've a new Manage drop-down field in the final column of each users row which again stores a number of User management actions. Have yet to decide what those could be!
While I was having a go at redesigning some screens, I thought I'd apply the current design to JPs new Media Manager screen. Apart from introducing some of my own photographs, I haven't done too much rework on this one.
Finally, based on comments from MODX users in relation to my previous post, I've tweaked some elements on the create/edit screen.
- slightly different color scheme (less bright)
- form fields more closely match current 2.2.X heights
- more compact Resource Tree