The Transcendental GUI (was a thread from REALbasic vs. Revolution)
rcozens at pon.net
Sat Oct 12 12:04:29 EDT 2002
>If you know of an application that is popular, runs on at least two
>platforms, and takes significant liberties with the native UI, I'd love to
>take a look at it.
At the moment I can only give you item 3. As soon as my HyperCard to
Revolution conversion is completed (1 Jan 2003?), I can give you
items 2 & 3. My application has a limited market (wineries); so it
will never gain "popularity" awards...except perhaps within the
What I have done is to reduce a very complicated activity into a
series of point and click actions that can be completed without
typing on the keyboard. Looking at competitors' products, I don't
think the functionality can be replicated in a standard menu-driven
application without suffering significant setbacks in ease of
learning, navigation, and use.
I'm not sure how this fits into your research, but I suggest you
focus some time on the issue of pull down & select vs point & click.
I watched a lot of non programmers design stacks in my days chairing
the local HyperCard SIG, and I'd be willing to bet at least 8 out of
10 chose button-driven interfaces over menu-driven ones. I have
archived somewhere several hundred stacks I downloaded from AOL for
Jacque Gay, and I would be willing to wager that, of all stacks not
created by Apple, at least 75% more contain Next/Previous buttons
than contain Next/Previous menuItems. Most major apps now supplement
pull-down menus with point-&-click palettes, and point-&-click is
basic to web browsing.
The pull-down menu has been the mainstay of the GUI for over a
quarter of a century. It's time for something better.
CCW, Serendipity Software Company
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