tldr; Please add an option to disable the subdock and recent icon.
My use case for Station is simple: Click an icon and switch to one of a dozen communication apps/interfaces* and therefore I/my users find both the subdock and recent icon/sublists “in the way” of performing our primary objective.
- The subdock includes settings/options unnecessary for Station’s core functionality and adding these “benefits” blocks a critical chunk of the screen without adding value to my users (literally covering the content they want to see).
- The “recent icon” takes a space that users could use for an app which could reduce long lists/icon scrolling.
- Obviously I haven’t performed any real testing, but assuming a user has less than a full column (probably a large majority of Station’s users?), making the mental connection that “I’m looking for the last app/icon I used in Station earlier today” then going to the top of the column (a new place for that icon) to find and click on it, seems like it would require more of a cognitive load then just clicking on the icon they’re looking for (which is where their mind and muscle memory knows it’s always been).
Appreciating some people desire the added functionality of the subdock and “recent icon/lists,” my personal ask is before going further down this rabbit hole, for the love of good UX, add options in Station’s core preferences to turn these distractions off!
- Inability to disable the subdock was why Station failed my initial round of testing… I came back because of your great selection of app extensions – and would love to both stay and recommend Station to my clients but the inability to disable the subdock is teetering on deal-breaker.
… Just my 10¢ (2¢ adjusted for inflation)