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UX concerns with showing dynamic tips/fun facts/"Did you know...?" section on a loading progress modal

In my app, there's a window that opens up with a spinning logo next to a progress bar that shows update/loading progress. I want to add a section with various tips and fun facts about the application, ...
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What is currently the best way to ask the user on iOS and MacOS for saved credentials

At first I am an Android user so please forgive me when this is very oblivious. I am working on a Flutter plugin, which should make it as easy as possible to sign in into any Flutter app using my ...
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What's the purpose of the colour filters in Windows/macOS/Linux desktop environments?

In their accessibility settings Windows etc. have colour filters for colour-blind people, such as people with Red-Green-Deficiencies (Deuteranopia, Protanopia etc.). As a non-affected person, I wonder ...
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Placing Destructive Action next to Save option in Mac OS

Some apps (Not all) in mac OS have the menu option Save and Close presented together in the File menu. In Windows, they are (Not all apps) placed far from each other, which makes sense to prevent the ...
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Why isn't Mac's Trash search scoped to the Trash by default?

When I open the Trash on Mac, it's usually because I'm looking for a specific file that I deleted. I'll search for the file name (or part of it)... and then the Mac returns every file in the file ...
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Best tool to validate UI mockups by overlaying them [closed]

I'm looking for a solution/tool that will allow me to validate that my frontend project is pixel-perfectly aligned with the Photoshop mockups. Best would be to make the browser window transparent - ...
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How to choose between a Popover, Inspector, or Toolbar to edit properties?

macOS apps have the following patterns (and possibly others) for editing properties of selected items: Popovers (See here) Inspector Panels (Right Sidebar) Toolbars In the following example, the ...
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On macOS, why does closing windows not quit the app?

I'm on macOS and I'm trying to understand the usability decisions behind the close action on some application windows. I have just started terminal: Nothing to see here of relevance: terminal has ...
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What is this preview pattern for vertical tabs called?

In the System Preferences on Mac OSX, the following preview pattern is shown: a list of options on the left, displayed as vertical tabs, and a preview window for every selected option. In this ...
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What is the best way to convey "This window is non-editable info right now, but you can click here to edit it" on macOS?

I'm looking to create a macOS UI that lists some information about an item. If the user has sufficient permissions (i.e. is an Admin), they should be able to turn this read-only info UI into a read-...
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What are the rules MacOs use to determine when to use hover or not on interactive elements?

So, on the web, designers use hover effects (for example a grey button becomes lighter when my pointer is above it) to signal affordance/interactivity for pretty much all types of controls. But on ...
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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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Demonstrating focus on buttons: the Mac OS X window interface approach

I was using my Mac OS Sierra system the other day and came across this dialog box: I'm sure Mac users out there have seen this dialog box countless times before as well. I want to bring your ...
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Rationale for Mac OS Command-Tab functionality

As I recently switched from Linux to Mac, I started wondering why Cmd ⌘+Tab and Cmd ⌘+` work the way they work. The first switches between applications, the latter between windows of the same ...
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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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UI: add buttons to Sidebar boxes

I've got a window with a sidebar divided into several Boxes. The boxes have different controls, sometimes arranged into scrollable tables. UI looks ok to my users. Clean and simple. Now (the task) -...
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GUI - visualize table filtering speed

I'd like to present a UI element suggesting progress of a string filtering process. Filtering: We have a growing table/list of strings. We're filtering all the strings using some rule and filling ...
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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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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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What are best practices for a Mac app to show notifications without unnecessarily interrupting the user?

We have a deluge of apps that bombard us with notifications. Recently, there has been talk about making apps more respectful and helping the user spend time better. In light of this, what are some ...
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When should I use a menu bar icon on macOS?

When writing a desktop application for macOS, in which cases it is useful or advisable to add a menu bar icon? Are there any UI guidelines? And what should happen with the dock icon? Example Evernote:...
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Use System Font or custom font in controls?

I'm looking for a design opinion. My OS X app uses System Font for textfield and button titles. Problem is, Apple has changed the value of System Font twice in recent releases of OS X, and this has ...
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Is there a benefit to Mac OSX red/yellow/green title bar buttons being so small? [closed]

In Mac OS X, the red/yellow/green buttons in window title bars are much smaller and closely-spaced compared to other UI elements like toolbar buttons. Making UI elements small makes them harder to ...
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force-click vs secondary click (right click) in OS X?

I've been trying to understand the conceptual difference between a force-click and a secondary click (aka right click) on a Mac. Conceptually, what is a force click supposed to do? Is there a ...
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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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Why some items in the contextual menu of OS X contain the selected file name but some don't? [closed]

Open Finder.app in OS X and right-click on a file (for example, index.html) to open the contextual menu. There are items without the selected file name like Rename and Duplicate, as well as items with ...
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Why are the titlebar buttons on the left side in OS X?

When I moved from Windows to OS X the first thing that I noticed was that the titlebar buttons are on the left instead of right side. It took me some time to get used to it. Is there a reason why ...
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Name for a component with two lists? [duplicate]

I'm looking for something like a standard name for a visual component, consisting of two lists and arrows between them to swap elements from one list to the other - Is there an OS or framework ...
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Ubiquity of Side-swipe gestures

In windows, it's a fairly common experience to stumble on an app with a horizontal scrollbar and be forced to click and drag the scrollbar (terrible UX), where as in most Mac devices you can simply ...
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Usability problem on Mac due to absence of keyboard symbols [closed]

I have a friend who recently migrated from Windows to OS X. He's heavy keyboard user but is having a tough time on Mac. That's primarily because many important keys have no keyboard symbols on them. ...
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How do Windows users interact with scrolling panes?

Let's say there's a website with a row of gallery thumbnails you can click on. It looks like this: As a Mac user having always used either some sort of trackpad (built into the MacBook, or a Magic ...
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ethics - Should a Mac app ask the user permission for gathering data about their hardware?

I am programming and designing a Mac OS X system monitoring app. In order to improve the functionality of the app, it will collect this data and send it to my web backend: Type of device OS version ...
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Presenting error to a user in OS X in Popover View

I've been developing applications for iOS for a long time, now I am making application for OS X. My application is an agent. My application is a popover from OS X menu in the top of the screen. I need ...
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When you design a web app, are there any considrations you take for safari in mac?

When you design a web app, Do you take into consideration the UI differences of OS such as mac environment? Are there any parts from the HGI of the OS such controls location, terminology,dialog ...
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Should an “Enable”/“Disable” menu item use a checkmark or change its text?

I’m working on a desktop application. Some of the menu items allow the user to enable or disable certain functionality in the program. There is some disagreement on how these menu items should work. ...
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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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Is mac's Invisible scroll a good UX? [duplicate]

I've recently seen latest mac os is having invisible scroll bars which will be visible only once your mouse comes onto it. I think it is a bit tough for the user to know if there is a page overflow or ...
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What's the right behavior for the tab key on a combobox?

What should happen if a user is scrolling through items in a combobox with the keyboard and they press the Tab key? Should it behave like the Enter key, selecting the currently highlighted item and ...
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Why is Apple using the settings icon for showing more options?

What could be the reason for Apple to use a gear-wheel in its Finder to show more options when everybody else seems to use this icon for "Settings"? Even Apple uses it again for the System Preferences....
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Mac OS X Finder's UX drawbacks [closed]

As you may know, there is no way for a newbie user to find out how they can do a very simple task in Mac OS X, I mean, rename a file/folder. There is no sign for it, there is no option when you right ...
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Was it wise of Apple to put the full-screen toggle button where the former maximize button was? [closed]

For those of you who don't know, in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Apple (rather quietly) replaced what was formerly a "maximize window" button with a "make window full-screen" button - in previous releases, ...
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What is the right term for adding a postfix to a file when it is downloaded a second time?

e.g. If your FTP a file you can either overwrite a file or write another version of that file. Typical "-1" is added to the file. What is the right term? Browsing learns that "Increment" is a possible ...
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What are some benefits of having a single child folder?

Let me rephrase the question: What are some benefits of having a single actionable event on screen (e.g. single child folder, single button occupying the whole screen estate, etc.), immediately ...
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What is this UI element on OS X?

Do it have any name to call this little thing?
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Why does the green "+" button in Mac apps only maximize the height?

What is the user experience reason for maximizing only the height of a window in Mac OS applications? The green "+" button only maximizes the height in most programs, with no change to the width. Is ...
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Reasonable (big) default font sizes

In our app (a CAD type app for the casual computer user) we allow users to choose from a number of preset font sizes. These defaults are picked pretty arbitrarily from what OS X offers in their ...
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How can I improve this GUI interface?

I'm making a Mac GUI for my application Mac Linux USB Loader and I'm not sure how to design my application's document window to conform to good UX principles. Here's a screenshot of the window: The ...
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Why do Macs only have one mouse button?

Why do Apple Macintoshes only have one mouse button? It seems useful to have at least a second one for options that aren't regularly used.
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How to maintain a total of 100%

I'm working on a OSX desktop application for rebalancing investment portfolios. I have a screen where the user can input his desired target allocation for different sectors (US equities, Bonds, cash.....
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Are window interaction buttons on the right bad for cross-platform apps with a custom border deployed on a Mac?

I am developing a cross-platform application with a custom border. The window interactions buttons (minimize/maximize/close) are in the top right, like Windows. However, when the application is run on ...
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