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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What affords scrolling?

Besides the obvious: Scrollbar Touch interfaces (especially mobile ones) A sign saying "You can scroll here you know!" This for a desktop application.
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When would you prefer a custom/skinned user interface in a desktop application?

I'm working on an application whose UI is skin-based, but it looks a little bit old (its graphics were designed more than 5 yeas ago). It's not clear to me whether we should consider a redesign or get ...
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Undo History - Why limit it? [closed]

Why do most applications have fairly limited 'undo' history functionality? I've been caught out on multiple occasions (granted its technically my fault) where I've needed to undo a number of changes ...
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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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Replacement for long drop-down list

I'm currently working on a part of our application in which the user edits a document. Part of the application allows the user to input certain "parts." We've implemented this as a couple of drop ...
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What is the best way to get users to discover and learn keyboard shortcuts

In a mouse driven desktop application, with a ribbon style interface and which has no menubar, what is the best way for users to learn about the shortcuts and accelerators which can help a user work ...
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Where should the “preferences” item go in a desktop application?

I find that the "preferences" menu item is always in a different place, and often under an arbitrary name which always makes it a pain to locate unless you're already familiar with the software. I ...
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Is there a Windows 8 desktop UI Guideline or HIG anywhere in the world? [duplicate]

And I don't mean Win 7 / Metro UI guidelines, I have them up the wazoo, but I've changed jobs and need to start looking at the new Windows 8 DESKTOP design. I know it takes a lot of cues from Metro on ...
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Options, preferences, settings, configurations: What to call them in my application?

I've seen a lot of different applications use a lot of different terminology for the part of the application that lets you change the settings. But are there any advantages/conventions as to using one ...
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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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What are good examples of custom/skinned user interfaces? [closed]

In relation to the question of when should you skin your application (desktop apps, not web pages, which are almost always customised), it seems a real fact, that sometimes you just have to do it, ...
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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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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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Warn desktop user of draggable website

I'm building a site that uses the jQuery iScroll plugin in the main navigation system. (http://lab.cubiq.org/iscroll/examples/simple/). Please note that the plugin is not exactly drag-n-drop. Right ...
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Desktop software design patterns

There are a lot of resources on the web about web applications design patterns, but only a few about desktop applications. And this is quite strange as most of the business targeted software is (...
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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 displays ...
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timeline for desktop and timeline for mobile

Building a feature for desktop,tablet and mobile which uses a timeline to show the latest update. the amount of updates on the timeline is unpredictable. For mobile we have already used a vertical ...
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Why do most websites have a custom skin where as most desktop applications don't?

You rarely ever see websites with a UI that has the same skin as the operating system. But, desktop application rarely ever change skins. Why do custom-skins work so well for webpages but not for ...
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Design for Application consistency or follow OS convention?

When we design applications to be used in the new world of cross channeling, we need to take into account a lot of different factors. Not only do we need to address in which environment the app is ...
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Why do menu labels behave differently in desktop applications and websites?

In a desktop application when you click a menu, you see all the options which reside within it, in a drop-down/pop-up list. In many websites with a navigation menu which has sub-categories, I have ...
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Should a desktop app open by default in fullscreen mode?

I'm currently building a multi platform desktop app. Should the app open by default in fullscreen mode?
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Managing multiple windows in one application

I am developing a desktop application to create, arrange and read blocs of sounds, via a grid interface like this : Each bloc of sound is of different nature and has its own panel to control its ...
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Should I alter the size of various icons when displayed on different resolution devices?

I know that images look smaller or bigger depending on the screen resolution so an image (say 10x10) would look bigger on a less resolution display and look tiny on a higher resolution display. I ...
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How best to handle a popup gaining focus in the middle of the user typing?

Often I'll set some process off, then change focus to another program and be typing away in a textbox (for example), when the first thing pops up into view, maybe with a Yes / No box which I'd then ...
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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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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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Combining rotation and straightening of images

Topic may seem weird as the two terms seem to mean the same. Clarification: Rotation: The typical way of grabbing a corner and pulling in the direction you want the image to rotate. Straightening: ...