Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 17:05 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Mike Elgan at Cult of Mac: "It must surely be a sign of the impending apocalypse that Microsoft's operating systems have 'more taste' than Apple's. I'm referring, of course, to Apple's inexplicable use of skeuomorphic design in iOS and OS X apps, and contrasting that with Microsoft's stark avoidance of such cheesy gimmickry in the Windows 8 and Windows Phone user interfaces. A skeuomorphic design in software is one that 'decorates' the interface with fake reality - say, analog knobs or torn paper. The problem is worse than it sounds." Won't come as a surprise to anyone that I wholeheartedly agree with this one. iOS and Mac OS X are ruined by an incredibly high Microsoft BOB factor. I have no idea how - or if - Apple will address this, or if the current downward spiral is going to continue.
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siraf72
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2006-02-22

Do you mean Document-centric in an OpenDoc type approach?

For me, I find documents becoming less and less relevant as the Data they contain (including presentation of the data) tends to exist in various places. I might have a .doc a pdf and a copy on google docs of the same document. Only the actual data within it matters. Increasingly, applications pass data to each other via APIs and keep local (often hidden documents).

What difference does it make if where the focus lies? If applications are too cumbersome they will be replaced by less cumbersome ones.

For me, I think looking for a one size fits all document-centric approach sounds nice but also like an impossible ideal.

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