[Blink] 0.19.1: requests/fixes: [1] during call: tape icon for recording [2] contacts: middle name display order [3] better contact search [4] lower audio bandwidth [5] option to hide fax numbers [6] remove "Add to Conference" button

cerieljacobs cerieljacobs at gmail.com
Thu Jul 8 11:35:12 CEST 2010


After a few weeks of using Blink, I would like to propose six requests and fixes:

1. Feature request: during call: tape icon for recording
   Current 0.19.1 icon for recording a call is a filled black circle,
   which is indeed most often used in music installations,
   though not immediately clear,
   my guess is that when testing with two open circles, 
   arranged horizontally side by side with a small gap in between, 
   and a horizontal line at the top of these two circles to connect them together,
   giving the appearance of a (cassette)tape, is immediately clear to a higher percentage of users.

2. Fix: contacts: middle name display order
   Mac OS X address book has a feature to show a "middle name" field.
   Example: "John F. Kennedy", where "F." is the "middle name".
   More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_name
   This middle name field is not enabled by default, but can be enabled: Preferences > Template > Add Field
   In address book 5.0.2 this middle name field is displayed, between the first and the last name.
   In blink 0.19.1 the middle name is displayed after the last name.
   Please change that, and show middle name field between first and last name.

3. Fix: better contact search
   In a situation where address book contains a card like...
   first:"John" middle:"F." and last:"Kennedy",
   and typing exactly "John F. Kennedy" into the blink "Search Contacts and Address Book" box,
   no result is returned, 
   as soon as the first character of the middle name has been typed ("John F") no results are available.
   Please try to do better (sub)string matching.

4. Feature request: have lower audio bandwidth consumption during call, by allowing codec (quality) preferences
   When being mobile on expensive € 0.18 - € 12 /MB, 3G GSM network data connections,
   you would like to transfer as few bits as possible while calling,
   current blink 0.19.1 gives only the option to choose a coded.
   What is needed next, are more options to set the codecs (quality) preferences, to reduce bandwidth to the bare minimum.

5. Feature request: hide / reorder fax numbers
   Novice blink users having fax numbers stored in their Address Book,
   can become frustrated by the blink "Search Contacts and Address Book" results.
   These results list both phone and fax numbers, without any differentiation between these.
   Even the word "fax" is stripped of the label, only remaining "home", "work".
   Please [a] don't change address book labels, and show "fax" when it is a fax number,
   [b] reorder, the search results to display "phone" numbers first and "fax" numbers last,
   [c] by default hide fax numbers at all on new installations, and give power users the preference to unhide.

6. Fix: remove "Add to Conference" button displayed over random "Search Contacts and Address Book" results
   On fresh blink 0.19.1 application start, 
   a search returns results and shows a (disabled) "Add to Conference" button above the result lines.
   After making a few phone calls and searches (can't tell the exact path to reproduce though this happens often),
   this (disabled) "Add to Conference" button is positioned over one of the search results (2nd, 3th).
   See attached screen shots.

Kind regards,
Ceriel Jacobs

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