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BookWorm by DanRabbit BookWorm by DanRabbit
An ebook reader app as a case for a light theme variant. Also another example of applications handling libraries rather than the file browser.
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clouts Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I want to build that, but not alone. Any fellow programmers interested?
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zesterer Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Hmmm... It looks great, is simplistic... But maybe a little too simplistic.
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gazornonplat Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Realistically, would it be a hefty task for someone to develop this for real? If not, you guys should really be pushing it, it's one of the nicest designs of all to come out of the elementary project.
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MameMame187 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
We are currently trying to focus our development on the apps for Luna.
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gazornonplat Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fair enough. Is there any chance of this being developed for Luna +1 then? Or perhaps picked up by a third party developer?
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gebagu Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
wow, this looks fantastic!

maybe one suggestion would be, to have some kind of side-pane to display various sources and sorting options. i am thinking of a thing similar to that of music-players like rhythmbox or banshee. so you'd be able to click just once and display the content of your kindle or kobo or whatever, or to select e-books from various shops. or you'd be able to only show sci-fi books in library.
but i guess this is not what you're aiming for? on the other hand - you have this kind of thing in beatbox, right?
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thomasjohnshannon Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
That would be really nice if it was real.
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Andrew-MAC Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Wow, Daniel. Wow indeed.
I'm a keen ebooks reader myself, but I can spot a bit of annoyance in here. Now don't throw tomatoes at me and let me explain.

1. I'm more than sure that you have to remove each and every control from the field of text either by separating them somehow from the page (which will look clumsy and heavy, but still) or (and that could be quite a feature) make it into a popover that can be called for using, let say, a double click anywhere in the window.
1.1 The fonts are uncomfortable for long reading experience. You should give the user an option to choose a serif font.
1.2 Give me at least 3-4 options to play with line spacing. This is extremely important.
1.3 Text alignment. I think you may give users some freedom with selecting it where possible (e.g. in .txt files)

2. Give us bookmarks! I can't imagine reading a book without making notes about interesting parts of it. Sometimes I come back to the book after a while and can find this or that spot only by bookmark. It is an essential tool.

3. Integrate your wonderful dictionary app into this one. It will be great!

4. For those of us who are lucky to possess 22' and wider screens would really appreciate a two-column layout for full-screen reading.

5. I love the library layout.

Thanks, and I hope I could help you even more with this app. Just let me know.
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OttoRobba Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
This would be such a great thing to have as tablet pcs become more and more common. +1
Please someone develop this @_@
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dahenson Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
I absolutely love this mockup. I want the light theme variant. I want the simplicity of this app. If only I knew how to write this code. Keep up the good work!
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Rapido3011 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
I really like these kind of mock-ups. I always thought your older designs where nice but, they contained a bit to many gradients making it seem confusing to the user sometimes. This is nice, clean and I just love the light colors. I hope Elementary Luna is going to awesome!
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jxtreme42 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Looks very clean—loving those monos. I also really like the app library with the app's name as the window title. It like saying "this is the app, a portal to your content," and then "here's your content!" (Does that make sense?) Getting closer to getting rid of those pesky files...
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks :) That's exactly how I was thinking of it as well :D
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ScionicSpectre Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You know, I could actually see most of the elementary applications working on a phone/tablet without any modification. Might be interesting to install some of them on the N9 when it comes out.
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TheAlby Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
I hope in this theme, it's beautiful!!!
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DigitallyDestined Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Man this looks awesome, you've got some great stuff going on at elementary and I can't wait to see it all come together. Good luck with Luna btw.
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daddeddad Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
This looks great! For reading I think white text on dark background would work well. On books and my kindle black text is best but for long reads on lcd it's the oher way around.

Would love if this kind of app would take care of some of the task that Callibre does so well.
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Clavicus14 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I really love minimalism, thats what elementary apps doing so great!
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CassidyJames Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Great case for the light theme variant. I hope we can convince GTK (or whoever) to add this; it'd rock to have in L+1.
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shadow27r Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love this
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Erbavore Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
God, I want this badly. In the meantime, what ebook reader do you recommend, BookWorm?
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I haven't found anything I like on the desktop, but I use iBooks on my iPhone.
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samineru Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
> Also another example of applications handling libraries rather than the file browser.

Personally, I find the siloing of data to be a terrible tragedy and contrary to a lot of the philosophies behind linux, would you care to explain your thoughts on that?
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davbren Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
I don't really see a difference in how the files are handled here. Surely the reason we have extensions on files is so we can differentiate between the relevant applications they should be used in.

The same thing applies to reading emails. They are just lumps of data, like any file, organised however the user wants with similar lumps of data. It would be a nightmare if they were dumped as .eml's in the file system.

Why should we carry on looking for the file we need in a sea of files instead of going to a relevant app that indexes them? To be quite honest I'm fed up of going to an image processor and having to go to trawl through my files to find the correct one. OK I'm not the most organised of people and you may be, but I got news for you: no one else is organised either...

With processing power as it is, the need for a file manager is diminishing for the average user. It should be there for lower level stuff but it does generally get in the way of 'getting things done'
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I'm not terribly concerned with those philosophies and I don't consider automation to be "soiling." I'd personally rather deal with media in an organized way that makes sense for it's type and not maintain it more than is absolutely necessary.
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samtate Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Why is it a tragedy? It is much simpler and more elegant to open BookWorm and see all of your books with covers and metadata, than to browse to your Books folder in Marlin and see all of these coverless epubs. If it is done well, then there is no problem to it.
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ObliviousGmn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is very clean, Something I would like to be using day to day.
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pwolfinger Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student Interface Designer
It's a cool idea but IMO there should be something separating the content from the buttons and whatnot - maybe a subtle shadow at the top and bottom of the content?
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samtate Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student Interface Designer
looks awesome :)
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Odisant Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
I'd like to see some separation between the page and the controls, even just a border, but otherwise: love it.
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pwolfinger Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Exactly, I said the same thing a few comments below. Looks *too* plain and needs something to differentiate between content and controls.
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Eurux Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
I love it so much. However, I think it looks like a mini-app.

And, about the theme, I think it looks like a skin for Mac's Quick Look. It should look a little bit less white in everything.
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
It's a simple application. The only controls displayed are the only controls you really need.

The entire point was for it to be all white ;) I'm pretty sure quick look is black isn't it?
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Eurux Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
More like a simple application, it is a perfect candidate for a Smartphone app.

All that white hurts my eyes, you should add some light grey to give more contrast to clickable buttons and controls. I think Quick Look in Lion is white.
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
indeed it's simple enough to run on a smartphone or a tablet.

Maybe you should adjust your display brightness?
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d0od Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
I think it's slightly too bright, but that just might be my brightness settings.

The lack of toggle for two page spread is the biggest draw back in this mock-up tho ;)
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Nironan12 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Looking good, but you need some Droid Serif in there. ;)
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Rockviech Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
i like that button style, when is going to be implemented into elementary?
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
As soon as we're sure we can assign a light style to certain apps and I have the ability to test it.
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moeenn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I think there should be an option to reduce the main window's brightness - that can come very handy while reading a lot of books !
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silare Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Slightly potentially redundant question: Is this new theme for Elementary itself, and is it an addition to, or a replacement of Elementary?
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
in GTK3 the ability to have apps choose a "dark" style was implemented. This is part of an idea about apps being able to choose a "light" style as well. So we would have three styles in total.
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silare Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Ah, that sounds awesome. Been sorta' waiting to see what a darker Elementary would look like (saw the Terminal mockup you made too, which looks pretty good).
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Aaron-A-Arts Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
is that fff with a slight gradient? it's definitely clean
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
no, it's a very light grey. Trying to mimic closer to a printed page color in like a softcover book.
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isgie Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Awesome
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013Raptor Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
I think that a serif font would be better for the situation
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Andrew-MAC Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Great design, but it lacks one important issue: a two-page mode is essential. I for instance cannot read a single-column layout...
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
idea: once the window gets to where it's wider than it is tall, it's a two-page layout.

thoughts?
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