Vector window shapes and the great mystery of ink effects

Terry Judd tsj at unimelb.edu.au
Wed Feb 25 21:05:32 CST 2009


Richard - I'm not sure I get exactly what you mean but I think it would be
useful to be able to use graphic objects rather than (or as well as)
clipping paths for window shapes. As far as transparency goes it would also
be great to be able to alter the transparency of the stack background
without affecting the transparency of certain objects in the card level (as
in the transparent panels section of the webpage you refer to). You could no
doubt kludge such an effect using two superimposed stacks that are
effectively 'linked' but I'm not sure we want to go there. As you say,
transparent panels are all the rage (and whether they're good or bad design
we're all used to them now) and it would make sense for them to native to
Rev. You can do them in AIR (and presumably in Flash/Flex).

Regards,

Terry...


On 26/02/09 1:13 PM, "Richard Gaskin" <ambassador at fourthworld.com> wrote:

> So I'm looking at OS X's increasingly popular transparent panels as
> described in:
> <http://developer.apple.com/documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/AppleHIGui
> delines/XHIGWindows/chapter_18_section_6.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/20000961-TPX
> REF17>
> 
> And I'm thinking, man, I would love to have rounded corners on resizable
> palettes.
> 
> Then it hits me:  could there be some way to layer graphics with
> different blendLevels and different ink effects so that I could define
> the visible window region with one graphic and have everything outside
> of it transparent with another graphic?
> 
> So I started to play with various combinations, and the multiplicity of
> possible options made my head explode.
> 
> Anyone know a way to do this?
> Am I dreaming?
> 
> Sure, I know the corners would still not pass clicks through, but I'm
> okay with those few pixels if I could at least get the look right.
> 
> Even more interesting, if such a magic combo could be found we could
> effectively punch visual holes in our windows, making resizable frames
> around anything underneath.
> 
> Should I just make a request to use graphics as window shapes and move on?
> 
> --
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