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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henderson101
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2006-05-30

I'm going to be honest and say this: I have owned a Mac Mini with Lion for almost a year now. I've owned a MacBook since 2008. MacBook went from Leopard to Snow Leopard to Lion (this last week.) Lion just works. Lion seems more stable on my hardware (admittedly, went directly to 10.7.4.) Weird things, like flakey WiFi, seem to have cleared up (though I didn't migrate my profile this time...) Lion on the same hardware as Snow Leo feels comfortable. Best upgrade I've done for a while. (caveat, this Macbook still triple boots Snow Leo, Win 7 pro and Lion - I just blatted my Leopard partition to install Lion.)

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siraf72 Member since:
2006-02-22

Sure those are updates that bring with them the benefits of a mature system. I was simply referring to whether the strict Apple GUI guidelines Apple was famous for (Pre os 10.0 ) are still as valuable today where data flows between applications far more rapidly than it did in those days.

Apple flouts it's on rules more and more with every release. Clearly many people *here* view it as a bad thing. I'm just wondering if there isn't a a degree of necessity that dictates this shift.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The bigger issue is that we're moving away again from the document-centric ideal, back to an application-centric world. In the latter, the application is the star, and as such, gets more attention than what actually matters (the document or content).

In a document-centric world, applications must get out of your way and hence they ought to be as consistent and unobtrusive as possible - with the ultimate goal being that applications become loose collections of components, with document calling individual components instead of entire applications.

I always thought this was what we were working towards, but somewhere we did a 180 and regressed back to the MS-DOS days. What a shame. I don't give a rat's ass about applications or their developers - I care about my shit.

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