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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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Is scroll within a card good or bad? (In desktop)

I am designing a board view which has card design with huge data in it. So, I am using scroll in a card. Is that a good user experience or is there any better solution?
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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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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 ...
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How can I summarize the contents of a mathematical matrix in a single text field?

Here's a question that pertains to UI design, but for an application geared at a more technical audience. In my application, users can assign an object properties of several types. These types ...
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Mandatory icons on the Windows desktop?

I manage IT for a medium-sized VA hospital. My users seem unable to use the Win 7 program groups effectively. Despite the fact that they need dozens of applications to do their jobs, there is a ...
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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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Monochrome or Colorful Icons for the Toolbar of a Desktop Application?

I'm going to create a new icon theme for Libreoffice (a word processing application that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux), but I still need to make some decisions regarding the style of the icons. The ...
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Is a home screen really needed?

I've stumbled upon a post on Medium, that says that the home screen concept is outdated for mobile devices. I think that home screen is great for basic user (thinking about my mother) as a "safe" ...
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What is the best way to display multiple columns?

I have been asked to come up with a solution for displaying 50+ columns that were previously viewed in excel and now need to be brought to the desktop application UI. Mobile version is out of scope.
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Desktop: Placing warning labels inside a Save dialog vs. popping-up a new window?

Context: We're working on a PC desktop software for financial professionals. Our users tend to be very detail oriented and extremely cautious of errors. We have a new feature that allows our ...
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What is the best way to collect payment information in a chat interface?

We are looking at using a chat-style interface for a sales flow on both desktop and mobile devices. The customer would be able to ask questions about the product, receive a recommendation and pay for ...
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'Share' or 'Export' to get data out of an application

I want to explore a modern approach to exporting data from an application which has become popular on mobile devices. Historically we'd have a button in our desktop applications: Export That might ...
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Best way to ask the user which dictionary he wants to use

I'm making a javascript widget that will allow the user to see the translation of a specific word together with examples featuring that word, synonyms, etc. This how it works: On the desktop) The ...
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What is better : Disabling sub-categories or auto resetting the filters

I am working enhancing UX for filters on our eCommerce (desktop site). The navigation structure is broken into Categories and further sub categories. Filters can be applied at each level (categories &...
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How do we go about designing for Touch based desktops & normal desktops? [closed]

Imagine you are getting a new project in manufacturing domain. Requirement is an Enterprise application which needs to be designed for user groups who will use it in office/factory floor. User uses ...
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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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Scroll up and hold on desktop?

I am doing some research on a pattern that would allow to display more information when scrolling up, in a desktop app environment. Similar to the band's profile page on Spotify on mobile (album cover ...

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