[openbeos-cdt] Re: .pkg installer user interface

  • From: Łukasz 'Sil2100' Zemczak <sil2100@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos-cdt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 12:41:38 +0200


Waldemar Kornewald wrote:
Since we won't have something like SoftwareValet I see no need to
support the legacy DB format. Just do whatever is easier and doesn't
fill the home folder with log files (they should probably go into that
packages folder).

I feel the same. To be honest, I also thought about simply using flattened BMessages for this. That way, third party apps which would need data about installed applications wouldn't have to bother with parsing the format by themselves. It's not like anyone would want to bother looking up this data by using a text viewer anyway.

Cool. Now, that was a fast usability discussion, wasn't it? :)
Regarding usability experience: it's a topic full of controversy and
usability experts often disagree about the details. It depends on
which philosophy you want to follow (explore vs
just-works,don't-care). I think your suggested UI fixed the greatest
flaw (the files pop-up) and that's really what counts the most. The
rest was mostly a question of design philosophy (IMHO, "explore" is
better for games, not apps).

I agree, this is just a matter of the preferred philosophy. But that's what discussions are really for, right? In life compromises are also very important. Not to mention that this very compromise is not as bad as it seems (from my POV) ;)

I just like to have it explicit and I think it would be more
consistent with our HIG (which says to use explicit actions instead of
"OK", etc. which depend on the context).

What about if we'll try both of them in action and decide which to choose afterwards? This is the good thing in minor details.

Anyway, I'll post the sketch of the UI tonight (UTC+2:00 of course).
Thanks again!

Best regards,
Łukasz 'Sil2100' Zemczak

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