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awarded  Autobiographer
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awarded  Scholar
Feb
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accepted UI metaphors for a collection of books
Feb
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comment UI metaphors for a collection of books
This is a nice idea. It gives a lot of space for the book's title and allows random access to the set of books available. One downside is that it really wants to be full-screen so may not sit well with an advanced, tree navigation system on the same screen. One interesting possibility would be to start the user with a list like this but with a table of contents button in the books' entries. The user selects a book by clicking on it. If they click the TOC button, then we scroll this list off to the left and scroll in a TOC for the book. This may remove the need for the tree view.
Feb
10
comment UI metaphors for a collection of books
This could work. One downside I see, though, is that the titles of the book are constrained by the visual size of the book. Also, this takes up a lot of screen real estate. A modified, single row view could be interesting. It would consume a lot less space. A single row would not be as sexy as coverflow but would allow the user to see, say, 5 books simultaneously and randomly select from that set. To pick the 20th book would require 3 scroll clicks rather than 19 for coverflow.
Feb
10
comment UI metaphors for a collection of books
This is pretty much what we have - a modified coverflow. One difference for us is the objects are 3D with the text along the vertical axis. The problem I have with this is that it is really inefficient to jump to the, say, twentieth book. Furthermore, there seems little value in forcing the user to click through the preceding 19 books. That being said, our less computer savvy users love it and that counts for a lot.
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awarded  Student
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asked UI metaphors for a collection of books
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comment When would you prefer a custom/skinned user interface in a desktop application?
No probs. I saw the dupe after this and though this one was languishing. My bad.
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awarded  Supporter
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answered When would you prefer a custom/skinned user interface in a desktop application?
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awarded  Teacher
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answered Scrollbar on the left