It's been a couple of weeks since we posted our initial mockups of 1Password for iPad. Since then, our two co-founders, Dave and Roustem, got together with our Lead Designer, Dan Peterson, for a "Weekend of iPad" design and development, so we figured it's time for an update on our progress.
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We want to convey the actual evolution from our initial concepts to our latest and greatest, so we combined the two images to help you get an idea of our change in direction. Remember, though, that these are still just Photoshop mockups, and still very much in flux. Designing an interface for the iPad is also proving to be quite the challenge, primarily because Steve Jobs, Phil Schiller, Jonathan Ive, and Tim Cook are still refusing to return our calls about getting a review model. It's just crazy. I mean, after the 25th voicemail, you'd think they'd finally cave, amIright?
Here is our latest 1Password for iPad mockup in portrait view:
Note that the detail view for the currently selected item has shifted from occupying its own space at the bottom to an in-line selected area. This simplifies our interface and leaves more room to view and scroll through your list of items, especially since each letter in the alphabet slider on the right gets more room to breathe and a larger touchable target.
Next up is our landscape view, which got rearranged quite a bit:
The item list and detail view were swapped in the interest of thumb-ability. This way, no matter which arm you use to hold your iPad, and which you use to tap on the screen, you won't have to reach over and obscure the details of the item you actually want to look at. That's the idea for now, anyway.
Of course, what would our second iPad teaser post be without an all-new screenshot to tease you with?
Behold, our iPad lock screen and a step of our first-run experience. 1Password 3 users should recognize these, as they are heavily influenced by our Mac version.
One of the most interesting things about developing our iPad version is that we're learning new ways to solve problems and make 1Password easier to use, but not just for the iPad. Dan says that they've discovered a lot so far that they want to bring back to our Mac and iPhone versions, which means all of our users will benefit from our iPad development, even if they never get an iPad.
As always, thanks for checking out our latest ideas everyone, and don't hesitate to let us know what you think in the comments!