Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Aug 2010 21:40 UTC, submitted by koki
BeOS & Derivatives This summer, too, the Haikuproject is part of the Google Summer of Code event. One of the more interesting projects is the Services Kit (draft document!) by Christophe "Shusui" Huriaux, which is an API to facilitate the creation of native web-enabled programs using standard web protocols and data exchange mechanisms.
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RE: Comment by Michael Oliveira
by Morgan on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 13:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by Michael Oliveira"
Morgan
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Personally, I don't see a whole lot of eye candy in OS X, at least that isn't functional. Some examples:

Dock Magnification: Helps someone like me who has 30 or so dock icons to better see which one I'm trying to open.

Expose: I have it set to the upper right corner, and with a flick of the mouse I can see all the windows I have open. This is a useful and logical effect.

Spaces: I don't use it myself (I've never gotten used to multiple desktops) but OS X's implementation is less flashy than say Compiz on a Linux distro.

Stacks: Very handy for getting to all the other applications I don't have room for on the Dock; I changed it from Auto to List though, as it kept trying to do a grid and that was just too much for me.

There are many more examples but those are representative. Of course, there are also a few gratuitous and non-functional effects, such as translucent menus, minimize animations, window shadows, and my personal pet peeve, the translucent menubar.

Then there are some eyecandy-esque things that are missing, such as native window shading, that would make the UI even more intuitive.

I'm with you on the Win7 eye candy though. As much as I do like that OS (compared to previous Windows versions, anyway) I don't see anything remotely useful about fat, blurry translucent window borders and grossly oversized buttons. Don't even get me started on Aero Peek (why the hell would I need to see my desktop icons if I still have to minimize my open app to select them?), and Shake (it simultaneously vents and induces frustration, what a concept!).

I think the most useful new UI tweak in Win7 is the Snap feature; When I'm in 7 I use that all the time, and it's actually not that flashy.

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