5 thoughts on “Really Quick Thoughts On The New Apple Desktop Look”

  1. Nik says:

    Good comments from DaringFireball too… particularly about how the new look dock is now really only suited to the bottom of the screen. The new style doesn’t really lend itself to the being positioned at the side. A shame as I always found putting the dock at the side left me more room on the desktop, especially on my powerbook.

  2. gareth says:

    Love the stacks..although lets be honest this is just a windows tool bar with some slick animation. The “3d” dock and and real-time reflections are ridiculous almost at silly as the interface for time machine.

  3. Joen says:

    Nik,

    I took the liberty of linkifying your comment to DF. About the dock reflection, I hadn’t really thought of that. Good point. Though I imagine the dock will work just like it used to, when placed in the side — lacking the reflections, well, what the hell. It’s useless eye candy anyway.

    Love the stacks..although lets be honest this is just a windows tool bar with some slick animation.

    Well, on one level you are exactly right. However in this case I have a gut feeling there’s more to it… a snake in the mailbox sort of feeling.

    Essentially, the stacks are really really easy to create (from the looks of it). They look so easy, in fact, that I can imagine a new emerging form of behaviour. Say you one day clutter your desktop with a throng of icons for a single project, then in the evening you want to focus and get some writing done: select the ENTIRE desktop and drag it into the dock for tomorrow. I don’t know if this is possible, but if it is, then it’d more like cleaning up a “real” desktop than the Windows taskbar is.

    The ?3d? dock and and real-time reflections are ridiculous almost at silly as the interface for time machine.

    I agree the 3D dock is ridiculous. That was my first thought with Time Machine as well. However, star trek star fields aside, the implementation looks so easy that people might actually use it to restore old files rather than start browsing through archived email. I’ll postpone judgement for now.

  4. gareth says:

    You can simply drag folders from your windows desktop to any edge of you screen to create a new “stack” but i take your point, the apple implementation looks a lot easier.

    I love a lot of the ideas behind what apple is doing but they do seem to be losing their minimalist sensibilities. Maybe I am just upset that I know none of this stuff is going to play well with my 2 year old ibook!

  5. Joen says:

    they do seem to be losing their minimalist sensibilities.

    I agree. Both the the dock reflection and the file menu transparency seem like knee-jerk eye-candy just to jump on the bandwagon.

    Why not rethink the whole thing? That looks to be what they did with the iPhone ui.

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