Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jun 2007 15:23 UTC
Mac OS X As you have surely noticed by now, Apple's CEO Steve Jobs held his keynote speech yesterday at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. So far, the responses have been mixed; I have seen a lot of excitement, but also a lot of disappointment. Personally, I am not really sure where I stand.
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Transparent menubar
by Dave_K on Tue 12th Jun 2007 19:25 UTC
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I've just been browsing the screenshots over at and I'm surprised at just how transparent the new menubar actually is.

I thought if anything Apple had toned down the use of transparency, compared with the initial versions of Mac OS X. Transparency effects can provide some nice eye candy, I'm sure there are even circumstances where they offer a usability benefit, but they can also add visual clutter and reduce the legibility of text.

Even in the official Apple screenshots with a green desktop background, the menu text looks significantly less clear and readable. I know the same level of transparency isn't used when menus are pulled down, but this does seem like a case of form over function, hopefully it's an isolated example...

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RE: Transparent menubar
by Tuishimi on Tue 12th Jun 2007 19:48 in reply to "Transparent menubar"
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Guessing that it will be adjustable, somehow.

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RE[2]: Transparent menubar
by Kroc on Tue 12th Jun 2007 21:45 in reply to "RE: Transparent menubar"
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Replace "somehow" with "some lame piece of shareware going at MacZot"

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RE: Transparent menubar
by Alex Forster on Tue 12th Jun 2007 19:55 in reply to "Transparent menubar"
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Did you notice in the keynote that, when Steve Jobs changed the slide after announcing a "new desktop" and revealed the ridiculous transparency and the looking-glass dock, people laughed? It's very clearly heard. People in the audience thought he was joking. I would have thought he was joking if I hadn't seen it on the Apple website first.

Edited 2007-06-12 19:57

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RE[2]: Transparent menubar
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 12th Jun 2007 19:56 in reply to "RE: Transparent menubar"
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People in the audience thought he was joking.

Indeed, Alex, I thought I was crazy for thinking that ;) . Good to read I'm not alone on this one.

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