Dear #Mastomind: Any guidelines on E-Ink / B&W/grayscale / low-refresh rate app design / UI/UX?
I've recently come into possession of an e-ink book reader, and am discovering the joys (seriously) and limitations (dittos) of e-ink displays and software designed for them.
I've just begun looking for any information concerning design guidance for e-ink devices, and am coming up very short. If you're aware of any such resources please respond to thread.
@dredmorbius I'd love such a resource too!
I'm curious how I'd design a web browser for it! Currently I suspect the output constraints would yield a similar design as smart TVs' input constraints do...
@alcinnz For browsers:
Scrolling vs. paging is my biggest gripe.
Sites that fuck with foreground / background colours is a major PITA.
Animations ... really suck.
Anything that's based on gradients or colour differentiation is a total fail.
Small fonts are actually readable and render (Hacker News, I'm looking at you), but are a PITA to read. The effective resolution is 300+ DPI, far higher than even Retina (which suffers as well from a 3x reduction due to 3-colour output), and comparable to laserprint, though without the ink/toner bleed printing often experiences.
If Fennec's Reader Mode works, I use it. That would benefit from definable margins (there are some settings, but they're limited).
The Pocket extension / app's dialogs are exceedingly ugly, and often unreadable.
Fennec's Private Mode controls are similarly unreadable.
PocketBook (an alternate reader) suffers some weird glitches on menus and other elements. I've been reasonably happy with it on an emissive Android device. It does quite poorly on the e-ink device.
There are several other eBook readers (Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Wattpad, Scribd, Libby, Flipboard), most of which I've not yet tried. I suspect they'll have usability issues given other tools used.
The Wikipedia app seems reasonably low-frustration.
I was hoping for a device that would be a relatively poor Android tablet, if only to keep distractions to a minimum. It's delivering on that desire. I can fetch books from Gutenberg / Archive.org / Standard eBooks / LibGen / Sci-Hub / ZLibrary, but tend to not want to spend too much time browsing.
Listening to podcasts works pretty well, though somewhat better sleep / shutdown settings would be preferred. Auto sleep intervals are 3, 5, 10, and 30 minutes, or "never".
Power-off is 15m, 30m, 1h, 12h, 1 day, 2 days, or never.
That's ... oddly grained.
A 2h standby and 2/4/8h power-off would be better IMO.
(Much of the batter life is attained by aggressively sleeping / powering off when not in use, though with the backlight disabled, power draw is very minimal whilst showing a static display.)
@dredmorbius This all makes sense!
And I was planning on using paging with enforced colour contrast for TVs...
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