Microsoft has moved
to a new sign-in protocol and our current system for signing in with a
Microsoft account started failing. I
looked into switching over to the new protocol and it seems like a few hours of
work. But given that I only have a few
hours a week to devote to music4dance that’s really a week’s worth of
work. Since I have very few customers
that use this login method and the main reason for supporting this method was
Music AKA Groove Music integration which has already been deprecated, I’ve
notified those individuals with a work-around and am turning off this feature.
If you believe that this is an indispensable feature, please provide feedback and I’ll consider re-implementing it. If you have issues logging in with any other method please file a bug and I will do my best to address it.
Most of the time that I use music4dance it’s on desktop computer, but I certainly want access to all of what it can do on my phone and tablet. And I have tried to take what user interface designers call a “Mobile First” approach whenever possible.
But I noticed a while back that there are a few things that just weren’t working as well on smaller devices as I would like. Several of them were on the core song list pages, which is particularly important.
So I finally took a couple of days off from other things and reworked these issues.
The Play Menu
The play menu (which is documented here) is now a modal which allows for bigger buttons and the ability to control the sample being played.
Dance and Tag Menus
I’ve also converted the dance and tag menus (documented here) to modals. This let me make the buttons bigger as well as adding some styling that I hope will let you navigate through options more easily. The large chunks of text in the old interface were hard to distinguish even for the person that wrote them.
Let me know what you think. Do you prefer the before or after? Are there other aspects of the site that you find difficult to use on a small device? Let me know by responding to this post or sending feedback.