OfficeSuite Pro! Some minor annoyances.

A while ago, when I was looking for a simple Document editor for Android, I came across OfficeSuite Pro. It looked good, and seemed to conform to most of the Holo guidelines. Beautiful, modern logo.

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Looks great!

Looks great!

I’ve been using it for a long time now, and it’s been treating me well. Just a few annoyances I’d like to point out:

Non standard navigation bar

Non standard navigation bar

I don’t fully blame OfficeSuite for this one: Google had this as a navigation drawer earlier, even in their own app, Google Currents. But it would still be nice to see a modern navigation drawer!

However, there are a few unnceccary links in the drawer. Settings, Updates, Register, etc, could have been neatly placed under an action overflow menu button in the action bar. This would only clean things up for the user, and would make the UI less cumbersome.

No margins or white space on the side?

OfficeSuite’s settings: No margins or white space on the side?

Android Settings

Android Settings: good amount of whitespace.

Probably the biggest offender for me is the settings menu. As you can see, when you press “Settings” in the navigation drawer, you are sent to the above screen.

If you notice, there is no Up Action on the action bar. The “Up” action gives the user a sense of context and hierarchy; that they are in a submenu, and that they can quickly return any time.

Also, if you compare the OfficeSuite Pro’s settings menu to the stock Android OS’s settings, you can clearly see that the margins are weird. There isn’t enough spacing on the OfficeSuite settings.

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In this screenshot, you can see the bottom bar, which contains a few commonly used actions when editing documents. You may not be aware of this, but that bar is scrollable. It is really hard to figure that out at first! There is no indication whatsoever that there may be hidden actions, just a swipe away.

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And finally, this action overflow icon in the action bar. It’s killing me! I have no idea why, but OfficeSuite decided to make it just a little big bigger than usual. Probably just to annoy me.

In the end, it’s still a great document reader and editor, and I recommend you check it out.

What do you think? Do you use OfficeSuite Pro? Let me know in the comments below.

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