Questions tagged [desktop-application]

program installed on user's machine as opposed to a program that runs remotely and is accessed via an internet browser.

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Phone number click to call on desktop?

I'm designing a web flow in which one of the outcomes is to call our support team. On mobile, this is simple enough as pressing on a phone number triggers the alert below. However, I'm not sure what ...
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Is it bad practice to direct a user to a mobile friendly side of the site on screen resize

I have an html5 application that consists of two different interfaces. The desktop interface demands a minimum of 900 pixels in width to function properly. The mobile version is built in an entirely ...
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Ask metadata for each file added to a folder (possibly many files added at the same time)

I have a file sync Windows desktop application that looks very much like Dropbox: Tray icon is the only GUI. Users mostly uses the Windows file explorer, but also programs such as MS Word that open ...
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To meet WCAG AA on desktops, what is the minimum space required between two click targets?

I have already looked at these: 1. WCAG 2.1 for Target size 2. button sizes on web pages on Stack Exchange 3. Material Design Google Guidelines for Buttons 4. Spacing between UI components on Stack ...
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Instant typing search pattern

I've been meaning to implement the pattern of an "instant search" on a Desktop site, which would work by simply starting to type and have the input focused on a search form. The only example I have ...
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Distinguishing overlapping event types in a timeline

I am working with software that is used for scheduling astronomical observations. I've created a timeline view for the user to create, view, and edit observation schedules. Here's my mock-up: Gray ...
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Performing serious tasks on mobile

I have a theory: A large percentage of users are reluctant to do something too serious on their mobile device. The smaller screen and lack of control here induces a sense of unease. It's possible that ...
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Can we make a tooltip as error message?

I have a form wich contains some fields,when the user leaves one of these fields empty,I change the border color to red and I attached a red tooltip to explain the error ,is it possible to make ...
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Are desktop applications called “apps” yet?

Now that we're in a mobile-dominated world, is it acceptable to call computer programs that run on desktop computers Apps? Take this example from the OSS Podlove subscribe button. When activated on a ...
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Responsive web design technique in desktop application?

What do you think about using responsive web design techniques in a desktop application? We need more space for large data and since all monitors today are widescreen, it could be good practice I ...
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Native or custom look and feel for desktop applications [closed]

I am currently writing a library to create desktop user interfaces, and I am asking myself a question: is it better to have a native look and feel, or a consistent custom look and feel? I personnally ...
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Why disable window exit button?

I have noticed that some software disables the window exit button. On MacOS the window exit button is the Red X in the upper left side. This forces me to browse thru the application for another way ...
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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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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 does it seem like achieving native-looking is a very good thing on Desktop applications?

I've seen a lot of developers trying hard to get their apps as native-looking as possible (relative to the OS) by using GUI toolkits like GTK+, WxWidgets and so on. It made me wonder if it is kind of ...
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Application state visibility from far away

I'm curious if there is any way to display the current application state in a good way, so it is visible from far away. Currently it is done as you can see in the image. The task is, to see the ...
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What is the name of the reveal-menu-bar-on-Alt interaction?

Firefox has the following interaction on the GNOME desktop (observed in Firefox ~55, GNOME ~3.26): Starts with menu bar hidden When you click Alt the menu bar appears [1] (and stays visible after the ...
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How to simultaneously open pages from different places in the hierarchy in the desktop app?

We have a desktop app where user has to enter information on different pages. All pages in the app are placed in a hierarchy. For example: Item 1 Item 1.1 Item 1.2 Item 2 Item 2.1 But you can ...
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Tap, Tap, Tap or Keyboard Entry

We are doing an internal makeover to our existing Timesheet Mac app. In that I ran into a situation where I have to decide either of the below options. Option A : Tap, Tap, Tap Like the smartphone ...
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Displaying duplicate files

I've written a small desktop app that searches for duplicate files (by content) in one folder or more and lets the user open each file or delete it using a context menu. The problem I face now is how ...
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Customer Enquiry Form - Contact preferences

Q. Do customers like to have the option to provide a prefered contact time and method when submitting a customer enquiry form? For example... 'When would you like us to call you back?' & 'How ...
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Do I edit user input or leave it as is?

I am designing desktop application. In that application user can edit name of model or component. The question is do I prevent user from entering garbage text (such as paragraphs of text) that will ...
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Modal content UX

I have a situation where I need to display a table with multiple rows of data. Row count can be from 1 to 99. Is a scrollable modal the correct UX, or should I display this info on its own page?
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Problem with layout of features

I have a set of features that adjust style of the graphs. They set existance, colors and size of the element. I must be able to apply size and existance to all the graphs. But I don't want to apply ...
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Does the Pencil Project have a reusable components feature? [closed]

The Pencil Project is a tool made for proto-typing and for that I would need a feature of reusable components. For instance, when creating a header component I want to re-use it several times in the ...
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Best solution to an awkward design?

For a Desktop application. Designing this page to add teams and assign players to the teams added. More, allow users to edit teams on the same page. First: Add a Team. Second: add players to teams ...
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Limiting Action Due To Permissions

How would you prevent someone from performing an action on the front end (Obviously this would be enforced on the back end, but I'd imagine you don't want the user thinking they can perform an action ...
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How to transform a mobile-navigation design into a desktop one

Right now I have a mobile app where you can navigate like this: I need to transform it into a desktop app. The only thing that I cannot change is the fact that the circles that are clickable options ...
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Multi-Workspaced UI

So I'm developing a word processor app in that also includes drawing tools. Nothing really crazy, just some simple vector drawing capabilities like node editing and layering. The problem I'm running ...
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Why draw a grid behind text/code in the editor?

Two GNOME applications (Builder and Text Editor) have an option to draw a faint grid in the background of the text editing window. The grid does not map neatly onto the fixed-width font. Does this ...
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Standard for using the system tray?

I'm building an application which will be "running in the system tray" (an icon will be shown there) and a menu will be shown when the user clicks on the icon When I look at different applications I ...
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Expectations around developing with responsive design

My company is currently looking at revamping a complex back-end financial operations application that is delivered through a browser. The user base is restricted to employees who are business ...
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Placement of a status area

I have read with great interest this discussion relative to web applications. Now I'm facing a very similar problem with respect to notification/status information inside Desktop applications. There ...
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Open new window to manage customers in a desktop application?

I am designing desktop application using Python tkinter. I have a menu bar called "Customer" and it contains menu items "new customer", "update customer", and "delete customer". When user clicks on ...
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How to start with personas for internal use

Im wondering what is the best way to introduce personas and how to start the general workflow. I work at a insurance company as a UI and UX designer, the people in the company use internal ...
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Should I center the content of the header?

A few years ago when Bootstrap was released everyone was centering their header-content. Nowadays, especially on "material" design websites, I see that header content is not centered even though the ...
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How can I make a mobile app responsive for desktop? [closed]

I am trying to make a desktop version of a mobile app. But not sure how to fill those full width cards to a desktop app.
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Close and minimize button behavior for my desktop application

I am developing a desktop application that will run on user's PC in background(system tray). User won't have to start the app as it starts with the system. Basically this app listens to a port and ...
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What is a good GUI design for selecting items with conflicts and dependencies?

I'm designing a settings GUI component which requires the user to select items from an assortment. These items have conflicts and dependencies between them, so selecting an item might restrict you ...
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Can a Warning message consist of multiple messages within it?

Background: I am currently evaluating a medical enterprise application. This application enables certain tasks through the hardware ( medical device) for the patients. As I redesign the User ...
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Design of Login/logout menu

I am designing a desktop application that has login functionality. The login dialog is placed on the main form and is only shown on startup, and it is not a part of my question. In the main view, I ...
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Which one is better in our case if MDI is considered bad?

We are developing a financial reporting system, which is able to display many, I mean MANY, different reports from different angles. For example, the reports for position, deal, market risk, for ...
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how to control user focus?

i am currently developing a prototype for a piece of software. One of the most important things is to show the client, how the UI will look like, so I am making real wpf windows with no real data ...
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What is the purpose of the 60-second shutdown timer in macOS?

What's the purpose of having a 60-second timer for the shutdown dialog in macOS? Why automatically shut down the user's computer if they leave the dialog box open?
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How to represent an abstract data type in a form?

I'm building a graphical tool for programmers to ease the use of a library. The library has a data type which I will call AbstractType that all types inherit from - Image, File, etc. The list of ...
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Best practice for macOS application installer (disk image) naming

Is there any naming convention or best practices to name macOS application installer (DMG file)? Should it contain words like "Install" or "Installer" or it's better to provide application name only? ...
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Are fake loaders bad ux?

I have an app I created for my company that uses arrays and a lot of JS to load in the content. This obviously comes back with some huge load times (up to 8s), where the majority of it is when the ...
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The rationale of progress indicators for online articles

The display of a non-interactive progress bar that reflects the amount of content that the user has read/scrolled through seems to be reflecting the trend that users want distinct visual indicators as ...
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Where do you get inspiration for desktop apps? [closed]

There are a lot of sites with inspiration for mobile apps or websites - is there any site with inspiration for desktop apps? If not - where do you get the inspiration? And examples?
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How to display minimized windows in desktop app

The desktop app can run processes in the background or open property windows of several items. In windows the minimized apps are in the taskbar. If the desktop application doesn't have a taskbar - ...