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what pros does the hidden menu have when it is used for DT users as well?

I knew that Square redesign had this kind of menu for desktop users as well and I found it odd and I still think that it is a strange solution. Now, I stumbled on this website that has the same kind ...
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Placeholder text vs. disabled text

I currently develop some forms in a desktop application. There is the idea to use placeholder texts in some input fields (edits) as known from HTML forms or touch systems like smartphones. But ...
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Pattern for desktop responsive menu and visibility of selection

For a horizontal navigation menu with submenus, what is a good pattern to display when the number of menu items in the primary navigation does not fit the current page. For the desktop view, don't ...
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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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What UX is appropriate for alternative voting on a PC and Mobile device?

I need to design a UX that allows for IRV or alternative voting (aka ranked vote) These illustrations were the first concepts I've encountered. . Has anyone come across a UX for IRV voting that ...
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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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Alternatives to handle quick searches on sorted values list (when no matches found)

(Implementing on PC environments, desktop and web applications) When showing ordered data lists with comparable values​​, which offers the feature of jump to a section of the list, and highlight it, ...
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How to define KPI for UX?

I'm in a situation that I have to setup an A\B Testing for the UI of my tool, in order to make a decision about the better UI that my users would prefer. The tool is a desktop application, which ...
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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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revealing more information about an item: Slide-in on hover vs Flip on click

What should I take into consideration when making a decision about the right transition to use to reveal more info about an item? Do I use a slide-in on hover or flip item on click to reveal more ...
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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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Should I have one unified design between mobile and desktop?

With a website I'm building, I'm wondering if I should combine the experiences between platforms together. For example, I'm wondering if I should keep this for both mobile and desktop. Here are some ...
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UI for parameter which can be defined in two different ways

I develop a desktop app with a wizard like dialog which requires several parameters to be set. Currently all parameters are displayed in a grid with a label and an appropriate control next to it, ...
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Selecting multiple folders

I'm in the process of improving folder selection process of a backup software my company has developed. The goal is to have the user select the folder(s) he/she wishes to backup. This page describes ...
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Metro guidelines or windows Desktop UX guidelines

I'm designing for a big data-analysis app, lots of data in tables, graphs etc. It'll very likely only ever be a desktop app. However, the project team were concerned that they didn't want to produce ...
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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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How to organize list based content, newest to oldest or vice versa?

In our application we have a ticket tool that allows you to create simple to complex tickets, and start a comment stream for collaboration. Current UI: Currently we have the UI structure with ...
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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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“Revert to Default” UI element

In the settings dialog of our Windows desktop application, the user can type or select a certain (template) file. If nothing is specified, the application falls back to the default. This is indicated ...
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How to convey “loading” along with an error message

In an desktop application that simultaneously displays media from multiple sources (video-wall), how would you reflect to the user that a specific source is currently unavailable, assuming that the ...
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Is there any reason to have a 'cancel' action on a multipage proposal form that will often be done in multiple sessions?

I am working on a multi-page form for creating a higher education course. The likely use cases would be a reasonably long one-session creation, or a multi-session creation. We are currently showing a ...
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Different alignment for elements of two groupBox in a form

I'm trying to design a settings form for a Desktop Application. There is two groupBoxes in the form. Each groupBox may contains some elements(TextBox, ComboBox , ...). Is it force for good design to ...
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I'm not sure what to put on my desktop app's home screen

I've got a desktop application which has a sidebar that takes the user to each section where they can perform different tasks (see figure 1). I'm having trouble deciding what to put on my ...
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Are sliders inefficient controls for desktop applications?

I always thought sliders weren't as optimal for numerical parameters. You not only have to look where the parameter is, but also where the slider is and ensure you are clicking exactly there to make ...
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Device based responsive design instead of browser based

I am creating a website, my real worry is to maintain the layout applicable for both mobile and desktop users. Responsive design is very popular and there are tons of template available on internet ...
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Save settings changes to configuration file optionally

What is the common practice to save settings in Windows Desktop applications with config file? Is it acceptable to change settings only in run-time, but in file optionally? If Yes, how to provide ...
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Desktop UX vs. Web UX [closed]

As a C#/WPF developer and a beginner to UX I find it hard to apply some ideas to my desktop applications because most of UX books are focused on web development. What are the main differences between ...
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Desktop tools installations' UX. How can it be improved?

I'm designing a cloud service that needs a desktop tool in the end user's laptop. When end users reach my cloud service, they'll have to install this desktop tool. I'm thinking, how can I give the ...
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Mixing fluid and fixed interfaces? Sometimes we have to. (non web)

At the time I'm redesigning some desktop application. Look at the illustration below. Window on the LEFT side of the illustration should be resizable since it contains table which can have any ...
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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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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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Gracefully Constrain Window Size

I am working on a program that does not have many visual elements on the GUI, also, unlike what has been suggested previously, there are no multiple levels of detail or possible elements to add and ...
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I'm developing a dark application UI, how do I make sure I access / style all possible components? [closed]

I want to make sure I style all the relevant tags so that I don't end up with a broken UI which will be ugly or difficult to use. EDIT: I'm hope to produce a .QSS file (Qt4) that can be loaded into ...
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File Selection / Folder Selection supporting Drag'n'Drop [closed]

First of all, I personally really dislike the folder browse dialog where you cannot copy/paste the folder name which you might already have in the clipboard. In many cases for my own applications I ...
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Should my app's volume control be synchronized with the system or have its own range?

If a volume control in my app changes value, should it globally change the system volume or just for my application?
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Walkthrough or tooltips for first launch of desktop application?

When a user first launches our desktop application, would it be more helpful to give them a walkthrough, a Twitter-style wizard, or arrows and tooltips? Background I work with a team that maintains ...
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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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Better way to provide software downloads for an exe application

We plan to release an .exe file to public. The options would be to download the .exe file from the websites direct server link, so that we can provide direct download support with respective to ...
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Recommend an application that maps the menu architecture of a desktop/enterprise application

I want to map all the GUI menus in an application. For example, in Firefox: "New Tab > Open File > Open File dialog. Is there an application that can map this by analyzing the executable or code? Or ...
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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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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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Modals: “Cancel” styled as NOT a button, just a link [duplicate]

I've been working on some modals for an app, and I have done some research into how various confirmation/abort options are presented to the user in the footer of a modal. A user over on Dribbble ...
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Alternatives to pagination for dynamic tables with many entries

I'm aware of the advantages and disadvantages of paginating table results, but I'm not sure what would be best in this particular case: I have a table that can have between 0 and 1000 rows (sometimes ...
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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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Is the “X” close Button sufficient or should there be a close Option in a Menu?

Is it enough to only have the "X" Button in the upper right corner for closing an Desktop-Application, or is it necessary to provide an Close option in the Menubar (File->Exit)?
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Replacing number-limited tab-navigation in application

I've got a small desktop application which features a tab-view to show all plugins which the user can use. This is the desktop app right now: In the next version I will include a plugin API so the ...
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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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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 ...