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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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How to handle Desktop Application frame sizing/scaling

I am working on a new project which is focused on a desktop application for users. I am looking to find out more information, answers, best practices when it comes to handling sizing and scaling with ...
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Usability of window docking

I'm working on a WPF desktop application. A stakeholder requested window docking (like Visual Studio 2010) for managing multiple windows inside the application. This option makes sense for the design ...
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Getting “empty” views right

In many applications, the first view a user will see is an empty view. A view with no data in it. Let's say for example that we have a desktop project management application, then the first view ...
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Why doesn't eclipse have an installer?

After all these years in development, the lack of an installer for Eclipse might indicate some relevant reasoning from the developers. Are there any benefits for its users from not having an ...
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What affords scrolling?

Besides the obvious: Scrollbar Touch interfaces (especially mobile ones) A sign saying "You can scroll here you know!" This for a desktop application.
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Rough and fine adjustments with horizontal slider

I'm used to scrolling being thrice as effective as arrowkeys in Firefox. I want to give the ability to quickly and roughly adjust values by hovering over the slider and using the scrollwheel. Finest ...
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Should a desktop app open by default in fullscreen mode?

I'm currently building a multi platform desktop app. Should the app open by default in fullscreen mode?
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Date picker whereas day doesn't matter

The main goal is to the user be select dates or a range of dates in a table. The day doesn't really matter much, while the year and the month does because it's the time between the analysis of the ...
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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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Managing multiple windows in one application

I am developing a desktop application to create, arrange and read blocs of sounds, via a grid interface like this : Each bloc of sound is of different nature and has its own panel to control its ...
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CRUD Desktop Best Practice

I always use this design for CRUD Desktop Form: Is it a good design for a CRUD Form? Do you have any suggestions for a better crud desktop form?
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Software startup screens [closed]

I know there is advice (and very good advice at that) to generally not have startup/welcome screens in software. Our software I think has a legitimate need for one, our free download is served from ...
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Menu organization : conventional or domain-specific?

I'm building a desktop application that is a tool to mount some very domain-specific graphic structures that in the tool's context are called "sequences" (it's not important here I guess). To help ...
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UI pattern for showing progress of concurrent tasks?

This is in the context of a desktop application. Typically if you fire off a request to some back end server then it is nice to be able to show some sort of progress indicator in say the status with ...
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User interface for a “mapping” table

I have the following problem. I need to provide an interface for users inserting/editing "mappings" in a database. A mapping is a record as such: [Field A, Field B, Field C] --maps to--> [Field X, ...
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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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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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confusing software-install flow for web-app

I am working on a web-app that has an application to listen to audio. The problem is the playback software requires another piece of software just for the items to be placed on the playback software. ...
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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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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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Best layout for lots of user input elements?

I have an application that presents a question/answer form to the user. It was mandated that the form look as close to the paper form as possible. The paper form was built in a spreadsheet as two ...
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What is the best way to display per-tab commands or actions?

I am working on a multiple document interface Windows application. We're using tabs to represent open documents for editing. I have three levels of possible commands: Global Per-tab Per-sub-tab ...
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How to let the user add and edit items in a ComboBox? (WinForms)

In my WinForms application there is a ComboBox with default values. The user should be able to add items to the ComboBox or rename existing items. I want the design to be simplistic. This was my ...
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Software UI: presentation and availability of optional information

I want to make the user of my software program feel comfortable with the new concepts being put before them. As part of this approach I have adopted the "information button" concept for most of the ...
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Is it good to make different website for Desktop and iPad?

Is it good to make different website for Desktop and iPad? or same site is more better?
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How do I deal with users that I know are pirating my software? [closed]

I have made a product and did something similar to Game Dev Tycoon recently with my software (although it wasn't a game), where I seeded my own "cracked" (I just removed the licence checker) software, ...
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How can I improve the perceived performance of a desktop application?

We've build quite a 'large' and regrettably slow windows application for various financial planning business steps. I'm currently trying to improve the performance of the application by slowly ...
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Why do programs ask the user to configure auto-update when first run?

Yesterday, I was installing F.lux on my Mac (cool-looking program by the way), and when I ran it, it asked me if I wanted the program to automatically update. How am I (or any average user) supposed ...
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Should I Stop Using A Currency Symbol?

I'm upgrading a desktop application that currently displays the currency symbol anytime money values are displayed or printed. A friend of my from the UK told me "Whenever British people see software ...
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What are the benefits to software that has no installation wizard?

There are some Windows software packages out there (ie Eclipse, VLC prior to its current version) that do not rely on an installation wizard. Instead of using a wizard there is simply a folder with ...
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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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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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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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Good example of a Keyboard Shortcut Manager implementation [closed]

I am implementing a keyboard shortcut manager in which the user can assign shortcut keys to global (or contextual) commands in a Windows desktop application. Note that the application has load of ...
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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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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 ...
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Multiple instances of a Property Editor

I am designing an application in which several kind of user objects have properties. When clicking an object, the properties of the object would be shown in a pane similar to the Properties pane in ...
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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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What is the preferred way of creating a help section for applications?

I'm wondering if there is a modern and preferred approach of the manual format from the standpoint of users. I thought about making a CHM file but my manager told me that feels very "Windows 98ish" ...
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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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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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What is the best way to handle mobile notifications with desktop clients?

I don't have an application that I'm currently working on, but issues I have both heard from others and experienced myself got me thinking. Some messengers (I have Hangouts in mind) have ...
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Should I redesign my desktop application so it looks and acts like a website?

I'm in the process of redesigning one of my older desktop applications. The original design I did was based on a 640 X 480 screen. Times have changed and there several different screen resolutions ...
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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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A Web Enabled Desktop App

So you know how the whole web 2.0 moment is about moving native desktop software to the cloud in the form of web applications, with UI being rendered through a web browser, data being pushed through ...
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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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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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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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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 ...