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How to improve discoverability of transient scrollbar?

Starting from Mac OS X Lion, scrollbars have been transient. That is, they disappear when your mouse stops moving. Some sites, like Facebook, even emulate this transient scrollbar for Windows users: ...
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How to create realistic mockups? [closed]

I need to create a realistic mock-up for an app. Are there mockup tools to create mockups that look like a final app? (Preferably for Mac OS Cocoa Apps, on any OS: Linux, Windows or Mac) If not, ...
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Studies showing significant usability differences between Windows and Mac OS X?

Everybody has their pet gripes about one or the other, but I'm curious if there is any actual science showing that "The Windows Way" or "The Mac Way" is significantly better for some task. Just to be ...
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Is there any research to confirm whether “classic” scrolling or OS X Lion's scrolling style is “better”?

...or scrolling the content vs. scrolling the window (video for Apple's "natural scrolling") I'm a happy Lion user now and (as many of us know) by default, the scrolling mechanism is reversed. The ...
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OS X: what menu bar to show when a modal dialog is shown

My application shows a small menu bar if no window is shown. Of course, when a window is shown, its menu bar is visible. When now showing a modal dialog on top of this window, what menu bar should be ...
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Menu bar for different major windows

Our application has different major windows which don't share a noticeable common menu item set. Hence the menu bar changes when switching between those windows. Unfortunately, I have not found any ...
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Max OS X Lion: Two Buttons “Highlighted” by Default—what?

I've noticed this in a lot of applications under Mac OS X Lion lately. For example: Pressing return is equivalent to pressing the button with the blue background, not the highlight. What's the ...
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Differences between iOS GUI and Mac OS X GUI

I am trying to wrap my head around the design considerations one needs to take into consideration as one develops an application for both the desktop and iOS. What seems clear is that the design ...
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Best Mac OSX Interface Designer [closed]

I'm working on a Cocoa application for Mac OSX. I'm looking for the best interface design tools. Currently, I use a combination of Photoshop and Interface Builder. Anybody have any secret weapons ...
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How would you display a key equivalent to the user?

One is allowed to assign key equivalents to controls like Push Buttons in Cocoa. For example, one might assign Cmd-E to push button. Would you make any attempt to let the user know that pressing ...
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Innovative alternatives to the classic “tabbed” window

Has anyone come across any online content that jumps outside the box and re-thinks how we can organize multi-windowed content more effectively than using the classic tab bar along the top of the ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of dialog sheets as seen in Mac OS X?

Introduced with the original Mac OS X were dialog sheets: As I understand (not being a Mac user) these sheets are modal, requiring user interaction in the current window, but not limiting the user ...
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How can I make a preference window that is good at tweaking theming settings?

I'm working on a file manager where the user can change text properties, the same way as in programming editors: font-family, font-size, antialiasing, background-color, foreground-color. Currently I ...
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What to put in the About box?

I wonder what useful stuff one can put in an About box in a Mac OS X program. Most basic the About box displays Program icon Program name Version number Copyright More sophisticated ones ...