"Conforming" UI (was:REALbasic vs. Revolution)

Kurt Kaufman kkaufman at snet.net
Thu Oct 10 20:35:00 CDT 2002


Matt Denton wrote:
"...the Shareware market is sensitive to non-conforming apps: it is a 
mark of how 'stable' or 'professional' the application is...."

I recently released two applications for Mac OS 9, X, and Windows.  
More because of severe time restrictions than anything else, I chose 
not to use use menus.  Of all the feedback I received for both 
applications, only one person (a Mac OS X user) complained or even 
mentioned the lack of menus (I told him to quit the app by closing its 
window, which answer seemed to satisfy him).
Certain users I guess might be put off by "non-standard" application 
behavior, but unless there are many other applications available which 
provide exactly the same function, they are generally happy just to 
"get the job done" with the tools provided.

-Kurt




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