From: "Simon Taylor" <simontaylor1@xxxxxxxxxxxx> > I don't see why a new API is necessary. Because it should include all the nice feature we want, in the right way; BView's should support gradients in their drawing methods for example. BUT, that's for R2. We CAN do a separate API for what we need! And for R2 design the right one! I too agree with this because, looks MATTERS! > The R5 UI includes some > gradients (look at buttons on tabs), but there isn't a public gradient > drawing API. R5 already has B_OP_ALPHA. Everything (in terms of > controls) that is in Stuart's mockups is possible with the current > drawing API. Ah, well... I thought we can escape bitmap problems for R1. (BeOS R5 doesn't support quite well (off-screen) bitmaps). You probably know there was a serious talk about that on the IK Team mail list. IF Michael and Erik give us a GO!, then we'll talk and design a new Bitmap API too. Also DW said he'll implement a new Decorator API, but that's not such a big problem. > Stuart is going to send me some high quality PNGs of some of his > controls next week, so that I can have a go at copying them using the > R5 API. If you don't show them to us, I'll ... kill you! Seriously! :-) I'll talk with my Russian/Ukrainian neighbors, and tell send a nuke! Really! :-))) From: "Nikola Pizurica" <pizurica@xxxxxxxxxx> > That's 100% true for me. Seeing BeOS R3 screenshots made me buy BeOS. I > was sold as soon as i saw nice, clean interface, with beautifull icons. > Speed, ease of use and everything fabulos about using BeOS came later, > when I received box from Be Inc. People tend to judge by the looks. I too am one of them! From: "Helmar Rudolph" <helmar@xxxxxxxxx> > gein wrote: > > > I think you're both missing a point here. Those users who > > look at screenshots and may decide upon that fit in a > > group called "early adopters" (check Marketing 101), and > > believe me, this are the kind of users you need before > > the others may try it. > > > > I'm not saying that it should be the main focus, not by > > a long shot, but to dismiss them, like you don't need > > them or want them, we'll prove to be a huge mistake. > > Excellent post and point! Not only ar the "early adopters" > critical in terms of getting feedback and building > communities, they are usually also the ones who spread the > word about the product and who continuously help others with > their PC problems. They are the marketing folks you need to > get the word around if you don't have a fat budget. Lars is too... n-m to see that! :-))) 1000 APOLIGIES, Lars. Couldn't help myself. :-))) Adi.