Linked by ephracis on Mon 23rd Jan 2012 13:18 UTC
General Development This is a call out for help on creating a consistent and native feeling on Mac OS X and Linux. As I have never owned a Mac and haven't used Linux as my main OS for over 3 years I need the community of OSNews to help me do this.
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Agreed on native look, but...
by mightshade on Wed 25th Jan 2012 01:33 UTC
mightshade
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2008-11-20

I agree with the author. A consistent, native look is important to me, too. I shake my head when I see programs like firewalls or antivirus software skinning their interface, while their priority should be the protection of my computer.

On the screenshot, I was surprised to find foobar2k included. Its native look and feel was among the reasons I switched to it. Yeah, with its default settings it looks ugly, but in no way it "sports its own interface principles, its own look and feel, ...".
Or, to say it in other words: Stoffi is not going to win me over because of its interface, since foobar2k is good enough already. The features matter. And as long Stoffi isn't a "better fb2k than fb2k", I don't see myself using it. So until I gave it a try, I'll just say: It is, nevertheless, a nice project with a commendable basic concept, so I'm sure it'll appeal to others.

Edited 2012-01-25 01:47 UTC

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ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

I included fb2k mostly because it looks out of place by default on my Windows 7 machine. It did look a bit better on XP when I used it there before I went over to live in the Linux camp for over 7 years (where Amarok was my mostly used application).

I think that functionality is a very important aspect as well to make an application feel really integrated with the host operating system. For example, Stoffi will automatically scan the Windows 7 Libraries of type "Music" to find music files. It also uses Jumplists and Taskbar buttons. These are part of the UX design IMO and help provide that integrated feeling.

fb2k is not nearly as bad as Winamp or iTunes when it comes to disrespecting the UI conventions.

I haven't used fb2k for several years but I remember that I liked the way it was so "tiny" but had so much. My project looks way bigger but I am still inspired by its simplicity and its very small size (both as a download package and when installed). ;)

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