Create easier navigation through long alphabetical lists
For long alphabetical lists in the Windows app, eg, on the Locations view in BJ 5beta, it is tedious to scroll down to a distant letter. Can you consider adopting a feature such as is used in the All Apps view of the Start Menu in Windows 10, where clicking the letter header for a specific section (ie, A or B) pops up a box that shows the full alphabet, and then selecting any given letter swaps you back to the alphabetical list but scrolled to that location. This would be particularly useful on touch devices, and would have the added benefit of being entirely consistent with the Windows 10 UI that will be the OS on such devices, eg, MS Surface.
Thanks for the great suggestion Edward.
Richard Webber commented
It would be good if there was an option to type a location to find it, especially on the mobile version. I have hundreds of locations and finding them is not always easy, especially if you created them a while back. If I could start typing Centenial for example it would find "Rhodes / Bi Centenial Park" making finding this location far easier.
David Badke commented
And for the Edit Locations form, make the list a tree view so long hierarchical lists can be collapsed.
Maybe I'm misunderstanding something here. I'm using Windows 10 and just downloaded version 5.0.940. I go to the graphs page and see the year species count. For simplicity, I'll use 2010 which has only four species entered. Click on the count bar and I get a page that starts with common kestrel from February 2015, then lists recent entries from 2015, and below that an inter-year population trend graph. None of which has anything to do with 2010. Except that a bit more searching around the page and I realise that there is a smaller column with the four species from 2010, of which the first is common kestrel. Oh, and it does mention 2010 in the search box above the other kestrel records. Surely the species I asked for from 2010 should be in that larger part of the window.
I think the problems I've had over the past couple of days are mostly that the two columns are the wrong way round and I'm thrown because the information I'm looking for is not the information that is most prominently displayed - and not just from clicking on the graph bats.
@Annie, clicking on species count bars/segments in graphs takes you to a list of those species, which I think is the most logical behaviour.
It does require an extra click to, e.g. filter to a year, in the entries screen. We'll soon be adding date-range filtering to this, so although it's an extra click away, you'll have more flexibility for it.
I find this suggestion most compelling where it's not already possible to search via the filters. E.g., as discussed, searching by year is already possible using the filters, whereas it's not possible to pick the starting letter of locations, so on a tablet the only option is to scroll all the way.
I'll take a closer look at how Windows 10 does this too.
I've been too busy to use the program for a few months, but now I'm finding the navigation really clunky. I was wondering why there wasn't an alphabet to pick from. And surely there was a timeline in earlier versions - I could pick a year straight off the listing in the entries screen rather than having to enter it in the search box. If I click a year on the graphs page, it takes me to goodness knows where (somewhere in the species list) rather than a list of entries for than year.
Great suggestion Edward! This wont make the initial launch, but something to consider for an update. Many thanks for sharing.
Edward King commented
This would work well for the Species view as well, and the same concept but using a calendar rather than the alphabet would provide easier navigation on the Entries view too...