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Menu options in a document-oriented Windows desktop app

I am preparing a prototype for some Windows desktop app that allows users to open a project (document) and work with it. The users have mostly Windows 7, with a chance to get Windows 10 sooner or ...
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What is the best way to display multiple columns?

I have been asked to come up with a solution for displaying 50+ columns that were previously viewed in excel and now need to be brought to the desktop application UI. Mobile version is out of scope. ...
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Desktop: Placing warning labels inside a Save dialog vs. popping-up a new window?

Context: We're working on a PC desktop software for financial professionals. Our users tend to be very detail oriented and extremely cautious of errors. We have a new feature that allows our ...
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What is the best way to collect payment information in a chat interface?

We are looking at using a chat-style interface for a sales flow on both desktop and mobile devices. The customer would be able to ask questions about the product, receive a recommendation and pay for ...
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'Share' or 'Export' to get data out of an application

I want to explore a modern approach to exporting data from an application which has become popular on mobile devices. Historically we'd have a button in our desktop applications: Export That might ...
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Best way to ask the user which dictionary he wants to use

I'm making a javascript widget that will allow the user to see the translation of a specific word together with examples featuring that word, synonyms, etc. This how it works: On the desktop) The ...
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What is better : Disabling sub-categories or auto resetting the filters

I am working enhancing UX for filters on our eCommerce (desktop site). The navigation structure is broken into Categories and further sub categories. Filters can be applied at each level (categories ...
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Examples of native app and a web app sync?

I'm currently designing a native app for iOS and Android that will be used as a companion app to an enterprise web app, also still in the design phase. The native app will act as an offline source ...
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How do we go about designing for Touch based desktops & normal desktops? [closed]

Imagine you are getting a new project in manufacturing domain. Requirement is an Enterprise application which needs to be designed for user groups who will use it in office/factory floor. User uses ...
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Design for Application consistency or follow OS convention?

When we design applications to be used in the new world of cross channeling, we need to take into account a lot of different factors. Not only do we need to address in which environment the app is ...
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Scroll up and hold on desktop?

I am doing some research on a pattern that would allow to display more information when scrolling up, in a desktop app environment. Similar to the band's profile page on Spotify on mobile (album cover ...
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Display multiple options while preserving as much screen real-estate as possible

INTRODUCTION AND RELEVANT INFORMATION: I am designing user interface for entering test results. Number of tests performed range from no tests performed at all, up to 12. Let me try to explain this ...
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When is sync appropriate while reading a book in ebook reader?

We have ebook readers in mac, window, iOS, Android, etc. Recently, I'm working for the ebook reader for mac, window. Now, when user goes to a bookshelf, or goes into pages of a book, synchronizing ...
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In checkout process, how to proceed when having an external payment method?

depending on the payment method chosen by the user, sometimes I must open it in a new window. Which could be the best way to manage this action? The look and feel of the new webpage is completely ...
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How do I display two notifications types on same icon?

What is the best way to display two notification statuses on one icon. Business has requested need to view escalated items as well as new items on first glance. I would like to know is if its proper ...
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Problematic with desktop HUD activation using hot key or hot corner

Linux & BSD based OS's are quiet new for steady user experience. I'm writing here as an end user, familiar with Windows 95-7 (skipping Vista) & Debian based distributions (Ubuntu) with ...
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Discard changes in a hierarchical desktop application

The application I'm working on a desktop application whose purpose is the configuration of a complex electronic device. The configuration process is done through several different pages which are ...
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What are the benefits of using modals on desktop?

I see a lot of sites use modals for actions such as posting content (often on social sites). For example, Twitter and Tumblr both use modals, but Facebook does not. What is the benefit of using a ...
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Context Menu Titles

I'm currently working on adding a right click option to an existing Windows 7 desktop application. The application displays a number of "points" the user can click on. If the user right clicks a ...
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timeline for desktop and timeline for mobile

Building a feature for desktop,tablet and mobile which uses a timeline to show the latest update. the amount of updates on the timeline is unpredictable. For mobile we have already used a vertical ...
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Working Between Desktop and Browser Applications

Background Client is updating a legacy Windows application in phases, moving toward a browser based system. The first phase is a redesign to a customer manager where users update and delete customer ...
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What name would be intuitive for this output option?

I'm currently writing a command-line application which takes multiple arguments. Among those arguments are input and output filenames, modifiers and an option to choose the output. If the option is ...
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when to add different skins and themes to a desktop application [closed]

What characteristics a software (for Desktop) should have to consider different themes and skins for it? Suppose you are asked to come up with list of features that software ABC should support. Now ...
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Should desktop apps allow you to zoom in with ctrl +/-?

Web browsers and text-editors are the only desktop apps that come to mind which support zooming via ctrl + + / - / 0 or (cmd + + / - / 0) shortcuts. Why is this? Should my app / desktop apps in ...
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Notify a user why nothing happened

I'm writing a content filtering application that operates at the hardware level. The UI is basically out of the picture once the user starts the filter, as it is hidden in the windows task tray. As a ...
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Website button on application?

Is it bad to keep a button that links to your website on your application? Do most people who use it see this as annoying?
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What could be used instead of checkboxes for filtering a list of items for desktop software

What could be a better way of showing a filter like this? Multiple checkboxes could be selected to show the filter options. Is there a better way to represent this filter for a desktop software ? ...
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Log viewer in a desktop application?

I'm developing a desktop application for analyzing source code. It basically analyzes all files in given directory and produces a text file with report. Status of analysis is displayed in a text box ...
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Why are line numbers in text editors and programming IDEs so often disabled by default?

It feels like most environments for editing code have line numbers hidden by default. For example, Eclipse, IntelliJ, Oracle SQL Developer, and Vim all seem to have the default setting as not showing ...
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Using toast for form success and error input

is it natural to use toast notification for a success and error on form validation? I know android and google mail uses this on their application, but I cannot verify why this is the best solution ...
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Enterprise web application - lots of data and tabs

We have an enterprise web application that has lots of data, currently separated into different tabs. Usually, the user access the data from a list view. We are considering using a Windowed ...
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Why do desktop applications place settings in one dialog?

It's easier understand why web sites are doing it, but i'm not sure why desktops place settings in one dialog when, for example, multiple windows can be opened. I once wrote an application with a ...
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Is it standard practice to indicate on the form that Caps Lock is on?

In forms where certain input fields have case sensitive input data, is it an accepted or standard practice to indicate somewhere on the form that caps lock is on? I am thinking that this concept ...
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Is the use of toggles in desktop applications an intentional or unintentional result of mobile first design? [closed]

I have seen the appearance of toggle-like controls (similar to the iOS mobile on/off toggles) in desktop applications such as in Acrobat Reader DC. Just wondering if this is to do with the prevalence ...
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'Organic' versus 'structured' display of information on desktop applications

Not sure if this is really due to the lack of space on mobile devices or if there are a number of factors, but I have noticed that the 'organic' way of organisation and displaying content (think of ...
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Heuristics for implementing good reading with columns

Users read slower with wide columns, so having multiple columns makes sense for print, but it's more complicated for desktop apps. A desktop or laptop computer screen is too wide for fast reading, and ...
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Lazy context menus

I manage a large Windows desktop application, which is the 'back office' of an EPOS system. There are many screens which allow the user to search through collections of objects, for example orders or ...
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Landing page for Desktop application

My Windows application opens with a grey screen and a search view in the sidebar. The purpose of the app is to search cases on a server, edit them and save them. Altough it migh be sufficient for ...
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Hyperlinks replacing buttons for desktop software UI's?

I am a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) manager for a complex geology and geophysics software application. Recently I heard my SQA team complaining about the heavy handedness of the UX teams. They ...
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Pagination in a table showing lots of rows in a thick client (application)

The application which I am working on requires to show log of all activities that has been performed by users. The log table will get long as the application is used. User can select rows and print or ...
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UI/UX for a website on a desktop

I was wondering when working on a portfolio should i focus more on mobile than websites on desktops? I say this because websites don't seem to be as UI/UX centric compared to an application or mobile ...
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What's the best way to allow a user to revert an input field to a default state?

In a desktop application, when you have an input text box that will get the value from somewhere else and that it might get updated, what's the best way to allow the user to edit that field to a new ...
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Selecting options and variants of these

I am trying to create a selection of scales for graphs (called "Maps" in our terminology). The scales have two aspects: there is a color key (what range of colors to use), and there is a step size ...
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iTunes 12 application menu design concept

In most applications the position, style and interaction with menu elements tend to follow a consistent pattern. In the latest version of iTunes the menu design (other than the standard File menu bar) ...
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What is a good tool to prototype Windows 10 programs? [closed]

I am a user experience designer who is recently assigned to work on a Windows 10 desktop application. I am not sure with what tool I should use for prototyping and illustrating the interactions to ...
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Preferable way of calling user attention on a desktop application

I have a desktop application, where users write orders (among other things). It's a MDI-like application (tabbed interface really), and each order is written in its own tab/window. There are several ...
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The most efficient solution for breaking this form into multiple tabs

INTRODUCTION AND RELEVANT INFORMATION I am software developer who must create application for managing contracts. I am very "clumsy" regarding UX, so I am not satisfied with what I have made so far. ...
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Improve design for master-detail interface

INTRODUCTION AND RELEVANT INFORMATION I am programming application that writes data about contracts into database. It is similar to banking software. Contract is very complex data, so let me ...
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For a wall of text, is a lot of columns or one long column better? [closed]

I'm designing a website, and it's probably going to have some long walls of text because it'll be an info site. I have two design ideas that would make it easier to read, but I can't decide. Both ...
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Improve form design for more efficient editing/browsing through data

INTRODUCTION: I am asking for advice to properly redesign the GUI so user can have the best possible user experience. Although I am generally satisfied how things turned out for entering data into ...