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Display multiple options while preserving as much screen real-estate as possible

INTRODUCTION AND RELEVANT INFORMATION: I am designing user interface for entering test results. Number of tests performed range from no tests performed at all, up to 12. Let me try to explain this ...
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When is sync appropriate while reading a book in ebook reader?

We have ebook readers in mac, window, iOS, Android, etc. Recently, I'm working for the ebook reader for mac, window. Now, when user goes to a bookshelf, or goes into pages of a book, synchronizing ...
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In checkout process, how to proceed when having an external payment method?

depending on the payment method chosen by the user, sometimes I must open it in a new window. Which could be the best way to manage this action? The look and feel of the new webpage is completely ...
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How do I display two notifications types on same icon?

What is the best way to display two notification statuses on one icon. Business has requested need to view escalated items as well as new items on first glance. I would like to know is if its proper ...
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Problematic with desktop HUD activation using hot key or hot corner

Lately, Gnome & Unity each has implemented a new way to activate the HUD (Menu, Overlay Bar..) Unity: uses two hot keys that trigger with single press, Super|Win brings Menu/Sidebar & Left ...
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Discard changes in a hierarchical desktop application

The application I'm working on a desktop application whose purpose is the configuration of a complex electronic device. The configuration process is done through several different pages which are ...
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What are the benefits of using modals on desktop?

I see a lot of sites use modals for actions such as posting content (often on social sites). For example, Twitter and Tumblr both use modals, but Facebook does not. What is the benefit of using a ...
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Context Menu Titles

I'm currently working on adding a right click option to an existing Windows 7 desktop application. The application displays a number of "points" the user can click on. If the user right clicks a point,...
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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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Working Between Desktop and Browser Applications

Background Client is updating a legacy Windows application in phases, moving toward a browser based system. The first phase is a redesign to a customer manager where users update and delete customer ...
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What name would be intuitive for this output option?

I'm currently writing a command-line application which takes multiple arguments. Among those arguments are input and output filenames, modifiers and an option to choose the output. If the option is ...
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when to add different skins and themes to a desktop application [closed]

What characteristics a software (for Desktop) should have to consider different themes and skins for it? Suppose you are asked to come up with list of features that software ABC should support. Now ...
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Should desktop apps allow you to zoom in with ctrl +/-?

Web browsers and text-editors are the only desktop apps that come to mind which support zooming via ctrl + + / - / 0 or (cmd + + / - / 0) shortcuts. Why is this? Should my app / desktop apps in ...
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Notify a user why nothing happened

I'm writing a content filtering application that operates at the hardware level. The UI is basically out of the picture once the user starts the filter, as it is hidden in the windows task tray. As a ...
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Website button on application?

Is it bad to keep a button that links to your website on your application? Do most people who use it see this as annoying?
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What could be used instead of checkboxes for filtering a list of items for desktop software

What could be a better way of showing a filter like this? Multiple checkboxes could be selected to show the filter options. Is there a better way to represent this filter for a desktop software ? ...
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Log viewer in a desktop application?

I'm developing a desktop application for analyzing source code. It basically analyzes all files in given directory and produces a text file with report. Status of analysis is displayed in a text box ...
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Why are line numbers in text editors and programming IDEs so often disabled by default?

It feels like most environments for editing code have line numbers hidden by default. For example, Eclipse, IntelliJ, Oracle SQL Developer, and Vim all seem to have the default setting as not showing ...
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Using toast for form success and error input

is it natural to use toast notification for a success and error on form validation? I know android and google mail uses this on their application, but I cannot verify why this is the best solution ...
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Enterprise web application - lots of data and tabs

We have an enterprise web application that has lots of data, currently separated into different tabs. Usually, the user access the data from a list view. We are considering using a Windowed ...
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Why do desktop applications place settings in one dialog?

It's easier understand why web sites are doing it, but i'm not sure why desktops place settings in one dialog when, for example, multiple windows can be opened. I once wrote an application with a ...
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Is it standard practice to indicate on the form that Caps Lock is on?

In forms where certain input fields have case sensitive input data, is it an accepted or standard practice to indicate somewhere on the form that caps lock is on? I am thinking that this concept doesn'...
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'Organic' versus 'structured' display of information on desktop applications

Not sure if this is really due to the lack of space on mobile devices or if there are a number of factors, but I have noticed that the 'organic' way of organisation and displaying content (think of ...
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Heuristics for implementing good reading with columns

Users read slower with wide columns, so having multiple columns makes sense for print, but it's more complicated for desktop apps. A desktop or laptop computer screen is too wide for fast reading, and ...
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Lazy context menus

I manage a large Windows desktop application, which is the 'back office' of an EPOS system. There are many screens which allow the user to search through collections of objects, for example orders or ...
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Landing page for Desktop application

My Windows application opens with a grey screen and a search view in the sidebar. The purpose of the app is to search cases on a server, edit them and save them. Altough it migh be sufficient for ...
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Hyperlinks replacing buttons for desktop software UI's?

I am a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) manager for a complex geology and geophysics software application. Recently I heard my SQA team complaining about the heavy handedness of the UX teams. They ...
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Pagination in a table showing lots of rows in a thick client (application)

The application which I am working on requires to show log of all activities that has been performed by users. The log table will get long as the application is used. User can select rows and print or ...
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UI/UX for a website on a desktop [closed]

I was wondering when working on a portfolio should i focus more on mobile than websites on desktops? I say this because websites don't seem to be as UI/UX centric compared to an application or mobile ...
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What's the best way to allow a user to revert an input field to a default state?

In a desktop application, when you have an input text box that will get the value from somewhere else and that it might get updated, what's the best way to allow the user to edit that field to a new ...
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Selecting options and variants of these

I am trying to create a selection of scales for graphs (called "Maps" in our terminology). The scales have two aspects: there is a color key (what range of colors to use), and there is a step size (...
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iTunes 12 application menu design concept

In most applications the position, style and interaction with menu elements tend to follow a consistent pattern. In the latest version of iTunes the menu design (other than the standard File menu bar) ...
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What is a good tool to prototype Windows 10 programs? [closed]

I am a user experience designer who is recently assigned to work on a Windows 10 desktop application. I am not sure with what tool I should use for prototyping and illustrating the interactions to ...
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Preferable way of calling user attention on a desktop application

I have a desktop application, where users write orders (among other things). It's a MDI-like application (tabbed interface really), and each order is written in its own tab/window. There are several ...
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The most efficient solution for breaking this form into multiple tabs

INTRODUCTION AND RELEVANT INFORMATION I am software developer who must create application for managing contracts. I am very "clumsy" regarding UX, so I am not satisfied with what I have made ...
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Improve design for master-detail interface

INTRODUCTION AND RELEVANT INFORMATION I am programming application that writes data about contracts into database. It is similar to banking software. Contract is very complex data, so let me ...
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For a wall of text, is a lot of columns or one long column better? [closed]

I'm designing a website, and it's probably going to have some long walls of text because it'll be an info site. I have two design ideas that would make it easier to read, but I can't decide. Both ...
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Improve form design for more efficient editing/browsing through data

INTRODUCTION: I am asking for advice to properly redesign the GUI so user can have the best possible user experience. Although I am generally satisfied how things turned out for entering data into ...
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Can not design window to be used both for inserting and reading data from database

I am working on a financial software which has a lot of data to be entered into database. I have managed to design user interface for entering data on my own, and my employers are satisfied. ...
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Right-click menus in a web context?

I am working at a place where we develop expert systems for the finance business. Previously we have had native desktop applications, but moved to web applications during the past years. In our latest ...
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Are there any guidelines for desktop app design for a Windows Desktop Tablet?

I'm not talking of Metro or Windows Store app here. Those apps are pretty restricted in what they can access in Windows. What I mean is a regular desktop app that has no such restrictions--it can ...
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How to design a form to register in/out values of a cash flow system?

I'm developing a simple cash flow system to a college work and couldn't realize a good way to present the form to register the values that are received and paid. My idea is to make it as simple as ...
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Ideas for mobile, tablet, desktop or web for app that in a first step consists of lots of data entry?

With a friend I am making an app that basically consists of one big calendar in which data can be entered. The app will be a sowing calendar which can be used to enter the months in which you are ...
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Master/Details view for full screen

I am creating desktop app with master/details view situation. In a predefined ratio and size it looks fine. When I resize window to full screen it looks something like this: What would be a good ...
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Best practice for desktop application input validation

I've been reading through some of the other questions tagged with validation and similar. We have a Windows desktop application (WPF) that has many textboxes contained in a dialog that need to be ...
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Too many text-only buttons

I support a rich client line-of-business Windows application. Several of my forms have started to get bogged down with an array of buttons specific to that form. These buttons have historically been ...
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How to display an "upper bound" or "max" value when you really want infinity?

What I really need is a way for users to create, using numeric text boxes, ranges for quantities of items with their corresponding prices. For example: *Qty |____1_____| - |____50____| : $ |____4....
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How to end a polyline drawing

I am implementing a polyline drawing tool in a software for commenting over videos frames. By polyline I am referring to connected segments forming an open shape. The usual experience is that the ...
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What are the differences between desktop app UX vs Web App UX? [closed]

Are the different? If so, how? What are the biggest differences and why? For eg: In an e-commerce web app - The singular focus will be on making a sale. Whereas, on a licensed desktop app, the ...
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Placeholder text vs. disabled text

I currently develop some forms in a desktop application. There is the idea to use placeholder texts in some input fields (edits) as known from HTML forms or touch systems like smartphones. But ...

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