New top bar just around the corner!
Have you had a great vacation? You bet we have been busy here at the office!
As you are probably aware, we have spent a great deal of time optimizing Virtual Manager's layout, navigation and usability. Virtual Manager is complex game, and therefore it is absolutely crucial, that we make it is as easy and fun to use as possible.
Among other things, we have improved the navigation by moving menu elements to the left hand side, and generally made the layout lighter and more pleasant to use and look at.
The only thing that have not yet been modernized is the green top bar. It still looks as clumsy as it did one year ago.
This will change now! The next version of Virtual Manager, which are to be released during next week, will bring a new and improved top bar. [url=http://img810.imageshack.us/img810/4530/screenshot20110812at114.png]Check out this preview[/url].
As you can see it is much simpler. It takes up less of the screen, so there is more room for actual content. The big red number (at the upper right) indicates that the user has 4 notifications. The football with the text "04:23" tells, that the club are to play a match in 4 minutes 23 seconds. The Account button (furthest to the right) opens a dropdown box with all the things you use rarely, such as Shop and Control panel.
Unread letters and new bids have been merged into the notification system. Everytime anyone writes you or bids on your players, you'll get a notification about it.
In the old notification system (that is, the current one) all notifications will be marked read, as soon as you read one of them. That is because they are all displayed on the same page.
On advantage with the new system is, that you can read one notification at a time. For instance, if you have 3 unread notifications and click the red notification button, you'll see only the first of the 3 unread notifications. This means, you can react on this notification and return to the other notifications when it suits you. They'll still be marked as unread (until you read them). [list] [url=http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/7386/screenshot20110812at114y.png]It looks like this when you click the notification button[/url] [url=http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/4530/screenshot20110812at114.png]It looks like this when you click the Account button[/url]
We hope to release the new version during Monday night.
Oh, by the way... we're also working on another little thing, which I think you'll like. It is far from done, so for now I'll just show show you this image; more info will come later :-) [img]http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/601/stadiums.jpg[/img] (^ This will NOT be included in next week's release!)