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Why do applications move themselves to the top after they finish starting?

As you have all probably experienced, it is common for some large applications to launch a 'loading' window that (usually) displays a progress indicator, etc, and then launches the application in a ...
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Desktop metaphor - Why is it called “windows”?

The desktop metaphor is modelled after a real life desk with files and folders on top and useful items (calculator, trash bin...) nearby. And when we take something in our hands to examine it more ...
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What is the purpose of having a clock on the desktop?

It is common for a clock to be placed somewhere on the desktop - in Windows, it is on the taskbar. But why do designers do this? It makes sense on a phone, for example, but when on a computer, I ...
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Best Practices: Save and Exit in Software UI

This has been discussed a few times on here for web implementations but never for a desktop application. Being we have a title bar/file menu/toolbar etc. what is the best practice for closing a window ...
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“Public”, “Private”, and “Private to” Comments

So, I have been tasked with developing a comment system on an existing document reader on both tablet and desktop. A requirement is that I use the "Comment" structure for all types of annotations on ...
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What default font to choose for desktop applications? [duplicate]

Finding the right font for an application seems to be an art. There seem to be many standards. Arial seems to be used in most applications I have seen, Segoe UI is the standard for Microsoft Windows ...
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Why is the user experience of licence agreements always so terrible?

Why is it that the user experience of licence agreements always seems to be intentionally unpleasant and difficult? The font is nearly always too small. The text is dense and difficult to scan. ...
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Application startup time [duplicate]

Is there some science going on that tells us lousy developers what users expect from an enterprise desktop-application in terms of application startup time? My application uses a splashscreen that ...
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Warn desktop user of draggable website

I'm building a site that uses the jQuery iScroll plugin in the main navigation system. (http://lab.cubiq.org/iscroll/examples/simple/). Please note that the plugin is not exactly drag-n-drop. Right ...
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How best to handle a popup gaining focus in the middle of the user typing?

Often I'll set some process off, then change focus to another program and be typing away in a textbox (for example), when the first thing pops up into view, maybe with a Yes / No box which I'd then ...
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Log add to top or bottom

In my WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) application I have a log that display important events in the application. I'm unsure where to add new events? Or in other words, how should I sort the ...
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Why does Skype's “x” button minimize the application instead of closing?

I was browsing through the web and I came across this sentiment: Dear Skype, this (red X) button means close, not minimize I also found the same question on the Skype website. Why would a ...
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Changing keyboard shortcuts that has been introduced quite a while?

Let's say I have developed a publicly available application which has a keyboard shortcut available. However, after a while of further development, I've decided that the current keyboard shortcut is ...
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Visualizing structure and intermediate results of a computation

I have a financial desktop application and there are many places where different computations are performed and a single number (or a couple numbers) is shown as a result. Very often users are ...
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When to use desktop class application on web [closed]

We are developing a third version of Digital Asset Management Software. We are now have problems about selecting platform for next version. We have to select between Desktop Application: Develop by ...
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Why do menu labels behave differently in desktop applications and websites?

In a desktop application when you click a menu, you see all the options which reside within it, in a drop-down/pop-up list. In many websites with a navigation menu which has sub-categories, I have ...
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Correct ordering position for 'Yes', 'No' and 'Not now'?

What is the correct position for the 3 buttons: Yes - No - Not now (or Yes - No - Later) is it Yes - No - Not now or is it Yes - Not now - No This will be on a windows 7 windows application, on ...
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Reasonable webpage file size

What sort of file size is currently reasonable for a webpage? Considering a responsive design being served to both a desktop with a high-bandwidth connection and a slow connection mobile device.
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Change button for color input modes

I have this SWT widget (color picker) with label: By pressing the star button, color picker field transforms into code field, where you can write code: I am not satisfied with this "star ...
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Is Desktop Window Title Necessary?

I'm currently working on a desktop app and wonder if the program name is really necessary in the title bar? I know that latest versions of App Store and iTunes doesn't have it at all. But if we ...
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Best practice to ask for donation on a windows application?

How to ask for donation on a free windows application, without risking being pushy ? This old question is only talking about websites: Best UX to ask for donations I want to remind people to donate, ...
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What's the cleanest option for a loading indicator in a login dialog?

I have a login dialog for a desktop application, something like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups When the user clicks on Login, the color of the ...
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Should I alter the size of various icons when displayed on different resolution devices?

I know that images look smaller or bigger depending on the screen resolution so an image (say 10x10) would look bigger on a less resolution display and look tiny on a higher resolution display. I ...
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Will tablet computing eventually replace desktop computing? [closed]

One of my friends has argued that tablets will one day replace desktop (and laptop) computing. His main argument is that there's a trend away from desktop computing to tablet computing and that sales ...
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How to handle long processing task in UI?

We have a Desktop based WinForms application. Application performs some very complex logic in database and is bound to take long time. By long time i mean it will take anything from 1 min to 20 min ...
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“Important” Items Box versus Pinned Items

I am designing an application which has panel with a list of items. The items in the list can be re-ordered by drag and drop: The number of items in the list has the potential to be very large. In ...
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A Linux OS as Single Display Groupware [closed]

I was told on the Linux stack exchange that this was a better place to post this question. http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/59199/a-linux-os-as-single-display-groupware For use in extreme ...
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Has user testing ever revealed that you have to change your app's UI colour?

Dark-themed UI colours have been popular for a while on certain desktop applications (Adobe Lightroom as an example), and seem to be popping up on mobile applications as well. I'm referring to the ...
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Can placing dark and light elements or blocks next to each other in a UI lead to problems in visual perception?

A designer on my project has proposed something that uses both light and dark backgrounds within the same context (basic mockups below). A short background for the app: It is a platform on which ...
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Saving multiple files on program close

I have a Windows desktop application that can handle multiple files open on one canvas (in one instance of the program). You can modify and save each file individually, or all in one go. If a user ...
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How can I keep up-to-date with the latest thinking about designing complex, rich applications?

I am designing a very complex eco-system of apps. I like to make sure I am up-to-date with the latest thinking, research and trends in app and UI/UX design. I find that there are many great articles, ...
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placement of interaction elements on screen?

What is the best place for interaction elements? Here's the situation: In our software there is an object (in this case a list with several items) that a user wants to work on. A user could perform ...
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Suggestion for Desktop Application Design [closed]

I am working on wireframes for desktop application, its collaboration system for paramedical staff like chatting and communication stuff. Now i need to create GUI, Can anyone suggest me that if i ...
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The logic behind having an OK button and Apply button

Moving back to desktop land after being drunk with mobile interfaces, desktop dialogs almost always have these three buttons: OK Apply Cancel A close button. This pattern seems to occur on both ...
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Settings dialog with multiple tabs: same options on two different tabs?

I am designing a settings dialog with multiple tabs for our desktop application. There is a particular (small) group of options that is applicable to two separate tabs in the settings dialog. I ...
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Disabled input fields vs plain text

in this question (How do I choose between disabled input fields and plain text for a read only view?) the problem has been discussed for web. Do these answers also apply for desktop apps? I have this ...
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Other solution than Wizard to set up complex object?

I'm prototyping an application that manipulate complex object (4 tabs of settings, with a total of 30 different parameters). The software can suggest (by default value) almost all of theses parameter ...
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Choosing appropriate words for error levels

I develop an open-source, system monitoring tool, ServiceMon, and I'd really appreciate some help choosing the right words to use for a feature. The state of the system that is being monitored is ...
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What are the reasons why the mobile apps market is more developed and active than the desktop one?

What are the reasons why the mobile apps market is more developed and active than the desktop one?
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Time-consuming “Request - response” steps in desktop application

I prototype OLAP-analytics desktop application, that contains a lot of screens, that generate reports. Common process of such generation is: Users sets up analytics parameters (period, data segment ...
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Desktop application problem: how to present a new option without confusing existing users

Background: Our user runs an internet shop, based on a SoS platform we provide. In particular we provide a desktop app (Windows), which basically stacks up the shelves of this store by uploading ...
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Should a special slider value be implemented with a checkbox or not?

I am creating a dialog box for a GIMP plugin that exports images in the WebP format. The dialog currently looks something like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with ...
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Displaying multiple large images at a time

I'm developing a desktop application which will show details of various types of aircraft. Previously, the application looked like this: When the user mouses over the image in the top right, arrows ...
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How can the Copy and Replace message box be improved?

I have a program (running on Windows) that I am developing that has a file and folder page as part of it that is effectively copying the Windows format. I allow users to copy, cut, paste, delete and ...
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Configuration form with multiple steps

I am working on converting a winforms application to WPF. So, we are also trying to make sure this is good from a UX point of view in the process. I have a configuration form that I am not sure if I ...
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Modal popup position

Being a Mac OS X user, I've implemented a popup engine which slides from top (transition is about 300 ms, see video) and stays hooked to the top. Most people (all developers at the moment) say ...
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Can text area be used as error/warning/notification output?

Problem. While developing an enterprise application I faced a problem of communicating various error/warning/notification messages to the user while they are filling out some form or performing other ...
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Using a ribbon as navigation

Every use of the ribbon I have seen so far single panel 'canvas' programs, where grouped functionality is in the ribbon. I have been doing some analysis on some back end software which my company ...
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Scaling an Address Form on Resize

My application has a form for filling in the names and addresses of a donor. Each donor gets a closable tab and each tab has an address form. The problem is that the application runs in a regular ...
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Keyboard shortcut design methodology (for keyboard and touch screen)

What sort of methodologies should I employ to choose which letters and shifting keys to assign to different functions? Is underlining the accelerator letter the best practice, or should I spell out ...