Why have more than one buttons per note? Originally, the idea was to have a second button below a longish note to close it without scrolling all the way back. However, it turned out there is more potential than that in it. More on that later.
However, this feature is tricky. I’ll need you to help me define this more clearly. So please participate and engage in a discussion.
Why is it tricky? In order to have more than one button per note, buttons have to be separated from notes. While this brings in a whole set of new possibilities, it does somewhat complicate their usage. If the only purpose of this feature was to have a close button, an implicit close facility might be better. But here it goes anyway:
You should participate in the discussion to help me narrow this one down. Facebookers, share your thoughts with me below.
In Sliding Notes 2.0, notes will be accessible via URLs. So any page on the Internet can link to a Sliding Note directly. You can email your friends a link to a note. You can bitly-fy it and tweet it out. Bonus coolness: When such a link is visited, the note automagically slides open for the visitor. Give it a shot below:
Why would you need such a feature?
Indeed, if you only used Sliding Notes as a fancy footnote replacement, then referring to a note may not be an awfully frequent need.
The full potential of linkability is unleashed in conjunction with Sliding Notes’ ability to emulate other user interface paradigms like Accordions and Tabs – a pattern commonly used to organize portfolio type content. And linking to a specific item in the portfolio makes very much sense.
See? Another seemingly “small” feature with kick-ass utility value.
Indeed a truly hackadelic one.
In service of this goal, the first item on our road map is the revision of the “Powered by” signature.
This is not entirely by chance. The signature has been a detail of disputable (and much disputed) aesthetics. (Indeed, it clearly was not a masterpiece of art.) It will be dropped in favor of a smooth, much more blending facility, a carefully designed detail that’s unobtrusive while still retaining a touch of genuine branding.
Click on the image below for a sneak preview how the note may look like when it is open.
A completely new internal concept enables both sliding notes and slider buttons to be skinned in a multitude of fancy ways. At present, the prototype provides for 200 (!) different note styles.
Preview it below:
The new underlying concept takes note states into account and synchronizes them with their button states. That way, a toggle button effect can be easily achieved, where the “pressed” state of the note button reflects the “open” state of the corresponding note. Have a look: