Display of Multiple Settings

26 Aug 2012 - 7:40pm
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AJ Kock

I was wondering if there is any suggested patterns for when you have settings options for a program and also have settings options for apps inside the program.

Do you seperate the settings or keep everything under the main program's settings and just add a section; if the user install one or more of the 40 available apps? With the possibility of 40 apps, it longer sounds reasonable to put it all together. Any suggestions?


29 Aug 2012 - 9:23am

Are you saying that there are App(lets) that are within a desktop program? Or are you apps maybe Mobile apps? Just trying to understand the question.



18 Aug 2013 - 8:52am
AJ Kock

It is a PC application that can slot in various "modules" to add functionality. Each of these modules are seperate programs and doesn'r require any of the other modules, but they all do require the main program to be installed.

20 Aug 2013 - 4:19pm
Juan Lanus

Check Firefox and its plugins for a working example. They achieve a lot of decoupling by decentralizing.

29 Aug 2013 - 9:51am
Jochen Wolters

Further examples for handling browser plugin settings are found in Apple Safari (Safari > Preferences > Extensions) and Google Chrome (Window > Extensions).

Another approach is used by Apple's iOS, where all application and system settings are supposed to be handled by the Settings app. Settings for the system and the built-in apps like Mail appear towards the top of a hierarchical list, while third-party apps are listed towards the bottom.

Also make sure that you don't hide any settings that would be well-placed in the main UI of the respective plug-in. E.g., it usually makes more sense to make view settings available right inside the UI, placing them close to whatever widget they modify, instead of dumping them in a hidden-from-view preferences dialog box.

5 Sep 2013 - 1:01am
AJ Kock

Thank you for the suggestions.

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