ANN: Global freeware laptop diary tool in REV
jerry at daniels-mara.com
Mon Jun 19 00:21:11 CDT 2006
This "diary" and your review are the best things I've seen since
reading the Book of the Subgenius. Very enjoyable!
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On Jun 17, 2006, at 1:12 PM, Bill Marriott wrote:
> Garrett, that wasn't harsh; that was the "Paula Abdul" review.
> Now for the "Simon Cowell" review:
> 1) The post and the web site are the first promotional material that
> prompted me to download the application for the sole reason so that
> I could
> stop reading the promotional material.
> 2) When I opened the program, my first thought was that this
> "Welcome" menu
> was the most hideous stack screen I've ever seen:
> 3) I took a chance and clicked "Make New Volume" as my first click.
> 4) My first thought was that I was wrong. *THIS* is the most
> hideous stack
> screen I've ever seen:
> Aesthetic issues aside for the moment, why are you taking over my
> screen? Why do you have three iterations of the menu bar? Why do I
> have two
> confirmation dialogs of the creation of a new "Volume" when I
> already gave
> it a name and such?
> I soon realized that this was supposed to be some kind of off-screen
> compositing. This is because I quit immediately, and relaunched (to
> photographic evidence of the crime scene). On second launch you
> trim the
> visible area properly, but still place me in "kiosk" mode. If a
> stack is
> supposed to be open all the time throughout the day, shouldn't it be a
> little easier to switch to my email or word processor? But note,
> once you do
> the clipping properly your little confirmation alerts are off the
> area -- I couldn't click them, I had to remember they showed up and
> Enter twice to dismiss the invisible dialogs, or else I got "beep,
> beep" anywhere I clicked.
> Since the title bar was still visible (you really don't have a Windows
> machine anywhere to test?) I could drag around horizontally to peek
> at what
> else was there. Here's something that came up:
> Is this inspired by Microsoft Bob? Or perhaps the old Sony
> MagicCap? Why is
> it a Star of David? Is a Crescent Moon interface available? Given
> the pain,
> I think a crucifix metaphor might just work!
> A couple people mentioned the issues with buttons... the myriad
> styles, the
> clipped text of assorted fonts, sizes and colors, the random
> placements, the
> lack of labels... but I think this could all be solved with a handy,
> printable quick reference guide. I've helpfully prepared one:
> Yes, I know the audience is booing and hissing now. I'm so evil.
> "Garrett Hylltun"
> <garrett at paraboliclogic.com> wrote in message
> news:44944A22.7060500 at paraboliclogic.com...
>> I don't want this to come across as being harsh on this program,
>> but I did
>> see some things that really turn me off in a program.
>> The interface is a big thing with me. So right now my focus is on
>> the gui
>> of the program.
>> I feel bad for bringing this up because it looks like you put a
>> lot of
>> time and effort into this. But the interface is going to kill any
>> hope of
>> this program being taken seriously.
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