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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Layers in editor for multiple images

I'm working on a desktop software that is in its core a simple image editor (apply filter, draw on image etc.) but the catch is that the user should be able to open multiple images, edit, and compare ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 - ...
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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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Card-swipe based interface for macOS: Human Interface Guidelines

I was looking towards creating an app for solving an issue I've had with quickly sorting files. The interface would be similar to Tinder's but for files (images, system files etcetera). Reading ...
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Giving audio/visual feedback on button click

This desktop application has buttons that perform certain actions. Some of them require yes/no confirmation and some of them perform direct actions without any delay. The targeted user group are ...
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Help with pagination design

In my application I have a form which shows a list of patients that need to be processed. Each patient is represented by a frame which includes their name, a picture and some other relevant ...
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What to do with this “wasted” space in my side bar navigation mockup?

I am currently working on a new UI design for an existing desktop application. Being mobile/touch friendly is very important for this project, so I am replacing the tradition desktop "File" menu with ...
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What is the recommended height of a dropdown menu that has an internal scrollbar on desktop?

What is the recommended height of a dropdown menu that has an internal scrollbar on desktop? I have a dropdown menu that when opened could contain 30 - 50 items to choose from. It's for desktop. I ...
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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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Should Escape immediately close an application?

My question comes directly from the fact that the popular RetroArch emulator uses Escape key to quit the whole application and, moreover, it's apparently a big source of drama for some. It ...
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Ribbon UI on mobile devices

I am currently developing a windows 10 Universal application, that can run on both mobile and desktop systems. It inherited a large code base and quite big number of features from a WP8.1 app, and ...
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Save As Template button, if application criteria changes, should the changes also be saved on Save As Template click?

Usability Issue I am running into with team: When in the middle of an application, there is a Save as Template button that, when clicked, opens a modal to name the template, then once template is ...
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Is there something equivalent to Sketch Mirror for viewing your web design in Google Chrome? [closed]

I have read that Sketch Mirror has the option to view your design in a desktop browser, tablet, & smartphone. However, for some reason I haven't been able to figure this out. Anybody have some ...
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What grid should I use designing UI for the desktop app? [closed]

I'm redesigning iTunes desktop app and my first version of it was designed without grids. I was told I should have had to use grid to eliminate the chaos in my design. So for 1920 x 1080 px design ...
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Undesired change of application focus by the OS

Some desktop Operating System (OS) do spontaneously switch focus among applications without the user being aware of it. A typical issue is when you are typing in text editor and suddenly another app ...
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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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Early UI design [closed]

This is an application for in house use Features over flash Used to have a structure UI pages for building up the search. Users told us they would rather have a WestLaw natural language syntax. ...
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Advice on how best to deal with multiple navigation methods

I'm trying to follow material design (don't mind not following it to the letter), but would like some feedback/advice on multiple navigation systems that are in place. Here's the basic layout of my ...
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Why do most Desktop sites look just like Tablet sites now? [closed]

Since all of the Adaptive- and Responsive-Design trends have taken over UX and web design, I've noticed that the vast majority of sites I go to - and which I browse predominantly on a laptop or ...
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Translating Prototypes into Development

When designing for complex applications, what is the best practice in communicating to the development team the various states / conditions of every element within the application. For example, in ...
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Windows 10 desktop-only ux guideline AND show case applications [closed]

I was previously developing Android apps. There we have the very detailed specification of the Material Design AND there are apps like Google Mail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Calender that ...
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Should we design mobile first for an app only used on desktop?

I am on a project designing a CRM-type system for call center operations. The only people using it will be doing so on a company desktop, and there is no mobile or tablet functionality. Is there ...
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Forms clutter solution: hide and show panel in forms

I have forms which tend to become always larger in size because of a multitude of fields. In some cases a form relates to a previously created entity and showing the fields of this entity as non-...
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User's reaction to a web-browser opening upon exiting application

I am a game developer and I want players of one game to know and try my other games, so I came up with the idea to launch their default browser, only after they quit the game for the first time, to my ...
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Desktop first responsive design framework [closed]

Since there is a growing trend for enterprise level applications to be developed to be web-friendly (i.e. in the cloud and fully responsive), many of the statistics suggest that there is a serious ...