Who uses Icon View with a file browser?

21 Jul 2009 - 3:51pm
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jpb
2009

Personally, I use icon view as a quick & dirty image preview. In the Mac OS
finder, command-1, -2, -3, and -4 map to icon, list, column and coverflow
views—once your fingers learn the quick switch, there's no One Best View,
you just use whatever's most suited to a given task. Icon view is useful for
hetrogenous selections, as well as being the default view of the
desktop; I think it would be weird to dispense with it. That said,
dispensing with it may be unusual enough to open up some interesting
possibilities and be worth exploring.

On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 8:41 AM, chris <chris at digitallight.ca> wrote:

>
> From my personal experience, only noobs use the icon view because
> they don't know how to switch it. I am considering not having an
> icon view with this specific app...Does anyone know why icon view is
> normally default?

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21 Jul 2009 - 6:00pm
Tomas Kafka
2009

"I am redesigning a custom file browser for an app."

- In the name of user experience, stop right there, turn back, and
don't ever think about doing that again.
Reason? You may try as hard as you want now, but in a few years, new
version of OS will come, improving the common dialogs, and your
app's file dialogs will look outdated, and users will be annoyed
that whole lot of features is missing.

For example, I often copy the path I need, and want to paste it into
Vista's file dialog address bar, instead, I need to dig through the
filesystem one directory at a time, because some smartass thought
that subclassing WIndows XP dialog will bring his users the ultimate
experience. It will not.

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22 Jul 2009 - 2:33am
William Hudson
2009

Hi, Chris.

I still use the icon view for *some* folders even though I have been
using Windows since the late 1980's (version 1 of Windows was several
years late which set the scene for many following releases<g> - I had a
brief encounter with version 2, but Windows really didn't take off until
3.1 came around in the early 90's).

Folders shortcuts, applications, important files and similar do benefit
from the icon treatment simply because of Fitts' Law - bigger things are
easier to hit (he actually said more than that, but we need not go into
the detail).

However, I have no idea why it is the default except possibly that big
icons are less intimidating, as well as being easier to click. (The
thing that drives me crazy is that in Vista, some of the folders that I
expect to have icons in them spontaneously change to a different display
format from time to time<g>. I hope they've sorted this in Windows 7!)

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22 Jul 2009 - 12:44pm
Jerome Ryckborst
2007

The Vista UX Guidelines have information that may help you make a
decision:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa511280.aspx#listviews

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22 Jul 2009 - 12:45pm
Jerome Ryckborst
2007

Note that the link above is incomplete, since the #listviews bookmark
didn't take in the hyperlink.

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