I felt really bad after reading my original post later in the day and I was going to post a retraction. However, the more I use this, the more it’s turning into a love-hate relationship. I love the product and the hardware; the software, not so much. After my original post, I loaded the Classic app and found the notification of an outstanding alarm staring me in the face and glowing to alert me to dismiss it. Very good. I still don’t know where that functionality is in the new app.
The new app has a much spiffier UI, but it’s a bear to find your way through it to get to the functionality you’re looking for. In general, both apps have their usefulness, but I find myself having to use both to get the functionality I’m looking for. In general, I think the developers were pushed too hard on the UI front and not hard enough on the ease-of-use front. It’s just not obvious where things are hidden. I’d be very happy if the main page (pages) were just a long, scrollable list of sensors, parameters, their present value, their alerting value, color coding with present state, checkboxes to set alerting and tapping to clear alerts, etc. I know it’s a little more daunting for some than the slick dummied-down beginner’s GUI, but it’s a lot more efficient for experienced users. 2nd gripe: There’s tons of open space on the pages, most likely because the devs were told to keep it as un-busy and clean as possible. I think they went to far. It would be nice to have some summary status with drill-down capability and some text explanations and tool-tip popups to guide you to where you want to go. Nothing commonly used should ever be more than a couple taps away from the home page.
I could go on, but I hope I made the point. I know you product-manager and dev types could go on and on with good defense of why it is the way it is, but it will still be a product that’s nice to look at but hard to use. I like the functionality and generality of this system and I’d like to hear that improvements are at hand soon.