Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Jun 2007 13:44 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Federkiel writes: "People working with Apple computers are used to a very consistent user experience. For a large part this stems from the fact that the Lisa type of GUI does not have the fight between MDI and SDI. The question simply never arises, because the Lisa type of GUI does not offer the choice to create either of both; it's something different all along. I usually think of it as 'MDI on steroids unified with a window manager'. It virtually includes all benefits of a SDI and and the benefits of an MDI." Read on for how I feel about this age-old discussion.
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RE[8]: I hate the ribbon...
by lproven on Tue 26th Jun 2007 22:44 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: I hate the ribbon..."
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I enjoy large monitors myself, but in actual practice, I find multiple smaller ones a lot more productive. And they're much cheaper, which doesn't hurt.

A friend of mine wrote a piece on how they're better for you, here:,3605,1022647,00.htm...

But I must admit that most people who I know who used to be multihead evangelists have now gone over to one big TFT. The desk space argument seems powerful. Doesn't to me; I need them a certain distance away, so the space in front remains relatively constant. But anyway.

Yes, of course, there are UIs which are much more efficient for experts than a simple WIMP with pulldown menus. That's not the point; the point is that the WIMP with pulldowns is one of the most discoverable, beginner-friendly UIs yet developed. We are /all/ beginners at one time and most computer users remain so all their life.

I vaguely dislike the win iTunes GUI, 'cos it's not very Windows-like. It's usable, though.

But then, I detest all applications with "skins" and "themes". I want my UI to be uniform, thanks; that was one of the original core concepts of the WIMP GUI itself and I think it was a valuable one. Now the market droids, who are, axiomatically, stupid and don't understand, have gotten to it and nobbled it.

Whereas on the FOSS side of the fence, a lot of the graphic design appears to be done by 16y old boys with the sophisticated aesthetic sensibilities of a budgerigar on LSD.

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