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Was it wise of Apple to put the full-screen toggle button where the former maximize button was? [closed]

For those of you who don't know, in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Apple (rather quietly) replaced what was formerly a "maximize window" button with a "make window full-screen" button - in previous releases, ...
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Window model for document-centric analysis

I'm writing an application. This application allows the user to interactively analyze (and lightly modify) specific bundles of files. Each file in the bundle is individually editable by other ...
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Putting the title bar at the bottom of the dialog?

I'm creating a dialog box template for my website (which is more like an application and may have multiple dialogs open at a time) and I was thinking about putting the title text and the bar that ...
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Statistics or research on browser window size based on the display screen size

There are many sources and references for reports on screen resolution and display sizes for desktop (and mobile), and there are less information about browser window sizes. I think both pieces of ...
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Are there studies on how well window glueing is received?

I'm curious if there are any studies or articles on this issue. What I'm thinking about is for example the Winamp implementation where there was a main window and all other windows could be glued to ...
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Alternative to dialog windows

We are designing web based app that consists of forms. These forms have two main parts: big datagrid (table) and a panel that shows details about record selected in a table. There is a largely used ...
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Panels vs multiple windows

There are many programs for which the GUI contains several, discrete parts (all visible at the same time) for performing different actions, usually with one main part and other secondary parts. What ...
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Applications without title bar: how to show the user which application they're using

Many modern applications have no title bar, starting with the menu at the top of the window. How can you keep the user aware of which application they're using without a title bar? Here's an example ...
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Why does the green “+” button in Mac apps only maximize the height?

What is the user experience reason for maximizing only the height of a window in Mac OS applications? The green "+" button only maximizes the height in most programs, with no change to the width. Is ...
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What's the point of closing windows by double-clicking their top-left?

In Windows, you can double-click the top-left of a window to close it. But why? It's not intuitive. At all. What sort of advantage is there by using this kind of behaviour for closing windows? I ...
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Why does the close (cross) button in Windows gets special attention?

In Windows's window even if you don't hover on the close (cross) button it always stays red. But the minimize or restore button is transparent, if you hover then it will become blue. So why does this ...
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Usability issue when resizing browser window on responsive website

As I was discussing about the benefits of using responsive web design (RWD) nowadays, my manager said that one of his biggest gripe is the fact that horizontally resizing the browser window often ...
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Why is it an industry-standard to have a window automatically grab focus and how do we change it? (in Windows at least)

Why is it an industry-standard to have a windows automatically grab focus? From a usability point of view, why is it considered "good practice" for a desktop application to grab (more like hijack) ...
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For a web radio website, should it play it in an external player or in an internal player?

We're currently re-building faubourgsimone.com website and we're facing a ux challenge: should the player be in an external pop-up window or in the website? Today, it plays in an external window, so ...
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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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Do people still use drag and drop?

Is drag and drop (for say photo uploads) a good idea? Aren't users frustrated by all the steps you have to take? Do most people even know how to do it? Open a window Browse to your files Ensure ...
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Best way to display support, contact, and preferences in Mac App

I'm trying to decide what the best way to display the following options to a user is: Contact / Social Connection Links (ex. find "company name" on Twitter / Facebook) Support options (ex. in-app ...
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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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Do people really want to look at multiple windows at once?

I'm referring to Jakob Nielsen's alertbox from November 19, 2012. He complains about the lack of windows in Windows 8: Lack of Multiple Windows = Memory Overload for Complex Tasks One of the ...
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Why does new Gmail interface has a compose window at the bottom right corner? [closed]

Updated Gmail interface has a compose window at the bottom right corner. My initial impression is that it just doesn't feel right because it breaks the standard middle of the screen placement. I got ...
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Opening a new browser tab [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Opening website external links in new window — published usability tests Should you open a new tab when linking to an external website. Historically I know this ...
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What is better - window buttons on the left (OS X) or on the right (Windows)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: close button on the left or right side? Windows has window buttons (minimize, maximize, close) on the right, OS X on the left. Is one of these objectively better or is ...
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Is it good UX that in Windows 7 & 8 the “windows” of the same application are automatically grouped into one button?

In Windows 7 and 8, all the windows of every application are by default automatically grouped into one icon on the taskbar. This happens even when there are two instances of the application running ...
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Is viewport size a useful design constraint, and how are viewport sizes distributed?

I'm trying to support or falsify the hypothesis that desktop browser viewport size is distributed multimodally (that is, with "peaks" in the distribution that might make for useful website design ...
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Main Window Side Pane Positioning

I want to add a side pane to an application, the side pane will contain the user favorite screens, recently used screens and a screens search. In which side of the application shall I put it? Given ...
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What should the size of a game's window be?

I'm making a game with XNA, what I'm wondering is; what should the dimensions in pixels be of the window? It needs to be a size that will work on the majority of computers. I'm not sure if there's ...
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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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What are the drawbacks of designing a Windows application to look like a Mac application?

I'm working with a company whose product is a Microsoft Windows application. As the UI/UX designer (and as a Mac user) I want to redesign the application so it is more visually appealing. Are there ...
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Document-specific menu?

I'm making a kind of editor that have tool views (on sides of the main window) and documents being edited. In fact those documents are themselves "views" of a specific document, so you can have ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of multi-window functionality vs single-window functionality?

I am considering porting a windows application to a web application for one of my clients. The windows application is an MDI app (multiple forms open at once), but obviously the web app would be much ...