Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Mar 2007 22:11 UTC, submitted by Island Dog
Graphics, User Interfaces "It's been awhile since I've done one of these but this is certainly a pivotal year in skinning. The term 'skinning' has really expanded in what it means. Today, skinning is loosely used to describe customizing in general. From phones, to PDAs, to computer cases, skinning has become an all purpose term. But for our purposes, we're going to stick with customizing the user experience of personal computers (primarily PC and Macintosh). This article will give a head's up on where I think, in my highly biased way, things stand and where I think they're going."
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Waste of system resources
by bm3719 on Fri 9th Mar 2007 13:21 UTC
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I've always hated apps that provide their own UI widgets, unless they really need it (and most apps certainly don't). That's why the system has UI libs in the first place. These are already loaded into memory. You don't need "skins" to play mp3s or send plain text messages over the internet. At the very least, provide a way to disable them for those of us that don't care or don't want all our apps to look like they're from different planets.

Edited 2007-03-09 13:21

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