Leopard & Core animation ... Wired says it willchange the desktop forever

8 Jun 2007 - 1:01pm
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Jack L. Moffett
2005

On Jun 8, 2007, at 12:55 PM, pauric wrote:

> And on the upper fringe as time goes on they
> get increasingly frustrated with their singing/dancing windows.

I think a large part of the power here is that it makes available
more possibilities. We are no longer limited to the standard widget
set that we have been since the advent of the GUI. It's time to start
designing new patterns, new metaphors, and new methods for
communicating/specifying/documenting them.

The advanced graphical capabilities could have as profound an effect
on user interfaces as did a movie director's realization that the
camera didn't have to be stationary when filming a scene. It is up to
us to do it right.

Jack

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to modify, to dignify, to dramatize,
to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse.

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8 Jun 2007 - 1:52pm
Rob Adams-Kane
2007

>the metaphor of smoke for "burning a cd" is simply wrong. In this context
>"burning" means something like "etching" and not "destroying by fire".

Well, no. The metaphor derives from the use of a laser in the drive, and in our imaginations
the laser is the one that nearly cut James Bond in half in 'Goldfinger'. That one made smoke.
Vaporized gold, anyway.

>And what is the function of the smoke other than entertainment?

Just like the rotating hourglass - smoke shows that the burner is burning.

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8 Jun 2007 - 2:37pm
biankamcgovern@...
2007

Well, no. The metaphor derives from the use of a laser in the drive, and in
our imaginations the laser is the one that nearly cut James Bond in half in
'Goldfinger'. That one made smoke. Vaporized gold, anyway.

Love this comment ;)

Just like the rotating hourglass - smoke shows that the burner is burning.

Then why do they need the smoke AND a progress bar to show that the burner
is burning? And isn't the progress bar a much more powerful metaphor for
showing the status of the task?
Bianka

On 6/8/07, Rob Adams-Kane <rkane at wahco-it.com> wrote:
> >the metaphor of smoke for "burning a cd" is simply wrong. In this context
> >"burning" means something like "etching" and not "destroying by fire".
>
> Well, no. The metaphor derives from the use of a laser in the drive, and
in our imaginations
> the laser is the one that nearly cut James Bond in half in
'Goldfinger'. That one made smoke.
> Vaporized gold, anyway.
>
> >And what is the function of the smoke other than entertainment?
>
> Just like the rotating hourglass - smoke shows that the burner is burning.
>
>
>
> Rob Adams-Kane
> W.A. Hynes & Company, Inc.
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> fax (888) 562-1471
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8 Jun 2007 - 10:02pm
Will Parker
2007

On Jun 8, 2007, at 11:52 AM, Rob Adams-Kane wrote:

>> the metaphor of smoke for "burning a cd" is simply wrong. In this
>> context
>> "burning" means something like "etching" and not "destroying by
>> fire".
>
> Well, no. The metaphor derives from the use of a laser in the
> drive, and in our imaginations
> the laser is the one that nearly cut James Bond in half in
> 'Goldfinger'. That one made smoke.
> Vaporized gold, anyway.
>
>> And what is the function of the smoke other than entertainment?
>
> Just like the rotating hourglass - smoke shows that the burner is
> burning.

Hmmm. And that does what to improve the experience of getting data
onto optical media?

One of the tried-and-true methods of improving the perceived
performance of a process is to reduce the user's consciousness of the
time required for the process to complete. My experience with Disco
was that the animation was fun the first two or three times, and
thereafter served only to drag my attention back to the app, and fret
about how loooooong it was taking to finish writing to the bloody
disk-I-wanted-yesterday!

Of course, Disco is just as fast as my other disk-burning apps, but
_they_ get out of my attention zone after I start the burn.

- Will

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