Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Oct 2010 14:17 UTC, submitted by Extend
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Yes, yes, it's that time of the year again - a new Fiona Apple album confirmed (which makes anything that happens between now and spring 2011 irrelevant and annoying), MorphOS 2.6 released (will be the next news item), and, of course, a new Ubuntu release showcasing the best of the best that the Free software world has to offer in the desktop world.
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RE[3]: Design fail
by Radio on Sun 10th Oct 2010 22:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Design fail"
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2009-06-20

Point by point, here we go...

2 & 3: Applets can be implemented for many apps, that's why it is important to put the logo and/or name. Doing otherwise would be a big assumption that the user will never use any other music player, or any other software outputting sound.

4: "Columns", you mean lines? All the text is left-justified, the volume meter fills the whole space, and the controls are center-justified; how is that incoherent? Text is read from left to right, control buttons are symetrical.

9: That is no spacing: it is the void left by the missing "sound arcs". The speaker icon on the left and the one on the right have the same dimensions. It may seem uneven, but I am not sure: the void highlights the absence of sound.

10: ...Badly explained, I can't see it.

12: ...Like the gradient of the taskbar? So no, it is aligned with the gradients of other UI elements: buttons, bars, etc. Plus, a light source from the side would be ugly. We are not talking about round dock icons.

13: Yes it is. Zoom in down to the pixels. It is just that the "S" and "T" have differents weights for the eye. This is the kind of optical illusion that a professional typographer may correct on paper prints, but asking to do the same in an automated way would be a job for Heracles (or Sysiphus).

14: ...What? Are you talking about the spacers? Because I can't see the "different sade of grey", or any box.

17: Quick access to a useful feature? One click (okay, two clicks) toggle between "no sound" and "back to the sound level it was before"? No? Really? Never used it anywhere? Even on an Apple product? Never found it useful?

18: If I rephrase it "advanced settings" or "sound mixer", do you see the point?

20: the slider looks fine, and the sound icons may look slightly blurred because it is a screenshot hosted on a website. Have you never seen JPG compression effects on crispness?

21: ...The complaint about the triangles is so ridiculous I am at loss for words.

22: Just play songs with long names from albums with long names by bands with long names.

23: ...Now you're just making stuff up.

24: Utterly unbearable.

So, over 24 items, I left 9 of them (1,5,6,7,8,11,15,16,19) for they are valid points. The vertical alignment issue, common to all GTK software, especially (they know about it, and never fixed it; that's why I don't like GTK). Most of them are just repeats of the others, though.

The 15 other bullet points are just dishonest, looking only at the bad side of design compromises that had to be made, or plain dumb.

Edited 2010-10-10 22:35 UTC

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