[openbeos-cdt] Re: Close window button

  • From: "Humdinger" <humdingerb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos-cdt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 10:28:25 +0100

-- Ryan Leavengood, on Tue, 10 Nov 2009 00:27:16 -0500:
> On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 6:26 PM, Braden Ewing <brewin@xxxxxxxxx> 
> wrote:
> > Original unmodified for comparison:
> > http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/2936/haikuoriginal.png
> > 
> > Mockup with solid background:
> > http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/8093/haikumockupclean.png
> > 
> > Mockup with colorful background:
> > http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/2308/haikumockup.png

> My thoughts:
> - In general I like Haiku's close button as it is. But the subtle X
> isn't too bad, though I might only have it shown on mouse over.

I agree, with this subtle, engraved look, it's actually quite nice, and 
if an X really helps people from other OS to make the close-connection, 
even better. 
-1 for the mouse-over idea. If every widget starts to light-up, blink 
symbols or starts wobbling if a mouse pointer ventures near it, my mind 
would explode. :)
OTOH, if we had very, very, very subtle force-feedback input devices... 
Imagine a touch screen that could have the tiniest rough, warm and cold 
spots being produced. -> real 3D. :)

> - I don't really like the white "glow" you added around the close and
> zoom buttons. It just looks out of place.

Yeah, me too.

> - You didn't mention it but you added a "shine" affect to the tabs
> too. As much of a cliché as they is becoming in GUIs and web
> interfaces these days, I will admit it doesn't look too bad.

It's too much for my taste. Even though, Haiku's buttons and drop-down 
menus do have a slight two-color gloss.

Though I'd probably always go with Haiku's classical theme, I sometimes 
wonder, if more of an intelligent theme-o-mat wouldn't be a neat idea. 
Instead of dozens of adjustable objects and colour settings, have 
sliders for "hue" that simultaneously changes all colours to another 
perfectly mixed combination. A "gloss" slider tweaks everything from 
drab to über-gloss. Etc.

Question is, is there an algorithm that could do that? Probably 
involves extensive study of some theory of subject vision or some such 

I first came up with that when thinking about automatic Terminal 
session colours...

> - I must admit I really like your green leaf.

I like the original better. :)
Maybe we'll have different colours for R1, R2, R3...

> - The checks on the checkboxes look fine, though I'd prefer if they
> were a color, such as the blue from the current X's. Though the X's
> are more faithful to BeOS and so I prefer them in general.

I also like the old X and their colour better. X are symmetrical an 
therefore more pleasing to me than ticks. Also, ticks give me that 
"two-thumbs-up" feeling. As if I did something right by ticking an 
option off. Activation could have been a big mistake as well...

> I don't know about the "painting" technique as applied to that photo.
> I think I would prefer the original photo. But neat idea nonetheless,

Hehe. Nothing better than a picture of a nice Autobahn. .)


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