Leopard: no longer the brushed metal look

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Leopard: no longer the brushed metal look

Post by ptram » Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:01 am

Eh eh eh eh... I guess this will revive some ancient discussions :-)

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Post by macsailor » Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:04 pm

Interesting. Will the Redlers provide a new GUI for Mellel that will follow the GUI of Leopard or will Mell keep the same look as it has today?
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Post by FA1 » Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:26 am

Well the Aqua should really be the default and used for screenshots anyway. A brushed metal option can remain for crazy people. 8)

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Post by Phil82 » Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:51 am

From my very limited Cocoa programming experience, all that is needed to change the look of an application from Aqua to Metal to Unified Titlebar is just a tick in the checkbox.

I'm sure updating Mellel to the new Leopard look and feel won't be too hard.

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Post by miles11 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:16 pm

Preferences>Appearance tab>User Interface menu

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Post by rpcameron » Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:07 pm

Yes, there's a switch in Interface Builder to switch off the "textured" windows. Yes, there is an option in the preferences. But neither of these avenues create a window and interface for Mellel that makes it fit in with a true Aqua (or Unified) desktop.

What I believe is being called for is a redesign of Mellel's windows. Perhaps something that will make use of NSToolBar (so we can customize our toolbars, rearrange icons or optionally hide it). Also, a QuickLook plugin to allow for quick browsing of files and live icon previews in the Finder (as well as allowing for iChatTheater integration).

I personally would love to see Mellel finally get rid of the brushed metal window, and come out with something that truly fits in with the Mac desktop. Up until now, it has been reminiscent of running Nisus Classic in System 7.5. I think it's about time that Mellel finally had a real face lift.
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Post by digimarkus » Fri Jun 29, 2007 7:56 pm

rpcameron wrote: I think it's about time that Mellel finally had a real face lift.
I agree, and I hope that the next version (or at least a new version with the release of leopard) will address this issue.

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Post by nicka » Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:09 pm

This has to be a lower priority than a lot of features that are still lacking. Good design is as much or more about function than form. There are some bits of bad user interface design in Mellel (e.g. the non-resizable FindSet dialogue; no multiple selection in the auto-title dialogue) but the overall look doesn't generally get in the way of using the features that are there.

I'll take cross-references, auto-updating TOC and indexes over a customisable toolbar anyday.

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