Google Updater and the Apple Human Interface Guidelines

6 Apr 2007 - 12:18pm
7 years ago
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Cecily Walker
2006

I recently downloaded and installed Google Desktop for the Mac
(won't take the place of my beloved Quicksilver), but it wasn't
Google Desktop that left me scratching my head -- it was the
Google Updater application that's installed along with it.

<http://www.cecily.info/2007/04/06/google-updater-and-the-apple-hig/>

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6 Apr 2007 - 12:36pm
Josh
2006

Curious why they would need to create a complicated updater for Macs when
installing and removing applications on a Mac is infinitely easier than on a
PC.

As far as the disclosure triangles are concerned, the choice to use them in
that fashion does seem a little odd. I'm going to have to install it and
take a look (I doubt it will be a replacement for Quicksilver though).

--
Josh Viney
EastMedia Group
http://www.eastmedia.com

7 Apr 2007 - 6:08pm
Daniel J. Wilson
2005

On Apr 6, 2007, at 1:36 PM, Josh Viney wrote:

> Curious why they would need to create a complicated updater for
> Macs when
> installing and removing applications on a Mac is infinitely easier
> than on a
> PC.

Google Desktop is comprised of many pieces that need to be in
specific filesystem locations, making a drag-and-drop install more
work than it would be worth. John Gruber delves into the details at:

http://daringfireball.net/2007/04/google_desktop_installer

Personally, I experienced stability problems with Path Finder (an
alternative to the Finder) with Google Desktop installed and the
indexing speed is anemic compared to Spotlight on my hardware.

-DJW

8 Apr 2007 - 11:17am
Josh
2006

Ok so I just installed desktop (and updater along with it) to take a look.

1. I noticed that on first install the disclosure triangles seem to work
differently than when you open the updater later. If I recall correctly, the
arrows can be independently opened and closed during the install which is
more consistent with Apple's HIG.

2. Google Desktop seems slow, at least it's slower than Quicksilver.

3. I can understand needing/wanting an updater for an app as complex as
Google Desktop, but Updater is supposed to be for all Google apps (Earth,
Notifier, Desktop). It's odd that Notifier and Earth would need an Updater.

--
Josh Viney
EastMedia Group
http://www.eastmedia.com

8 Apr 2007 - 6:05pm
Will Parker
2007

On Apr 7, 2007, at 4:08 PM, Daniel J.Wilson wrote:
> On Apr 6, 2007, at 1:36 PM, Josh Viney wrote:
>
>> Curious why they would need to create a complicated updater for
>> Macs when installing and removing applications on a Mac is infinitely
>> easier than on a PC.
>
> Google Desktop is comprised of many pieces that need to be in
> specific filesystem locations, making a drag-and-drop install more
> work than it would be worth. John Gruber delves into the details at:
>
> http://daringfireball.net/2007/04/google_desktop_installer

Mac Office manages to stuff its bits in dozens of locations on first
run after a drag-n-drop install. The basic infrastructure for doing
drag-n-drop isn't particularly harder to develop than a separate
installer, even for apps that can't fit in a single application
bundle. The trick is to reliably check for a first-launch condition
and launch the installer as a separate process if need be.

I'm glad that Google Desktop is available for the Mac, but the multi-
stage installation process reminded me of the worst parts of the
Adobe install experience. Certainly not the worst install I've ever
seen -- after all, I've installed Windows XP -- but not the best either.

- Will

Will Parker
wparker at ChannelingDesign.com

"The only people who value your specialist knowledge are the ones who
already have it." - William Tozier

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