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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Actually you can open Word or Text Edit, or Google docs, or Pages, etc, etc.

Provided the applications plays nice with the data, you have options to load the one you find least obtrusive.

I think the ideal you are reffering has too many design problems. You would need a standardized document component model which would add complexity rather than remove it. I think Apple's OpenDoc experiment provides a useful reference.

Rather than trying to plan and design something like that, let the Applications fight it out. Those that play nice and are least obtrusive will win. - OK, that's also in an ideal world, but it requires a less ideal one than yours. Especially as yours has unicorns!

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