Discussion Archive: July 2004

1 Jul 2004 - 3:45pm
Dave Malouf

What makes a good prototyping tool?

So I'm reading Henrik's article on GoLive for prototyping.

While he is exhorting GoLive he starts by saying that Visio is better.
He begins with some loose qualifications about what might be a good
prototyping tool by doing a comparison of GoLive to Visio:

I still consider <http://www.guuui.com/issues/02_03_02.php> Visio the
interactions designer's nail gun. It's a powerful tool, which makes it easy
to build interactive prototypes in a rush.

1 Jul 2004 - 12:24pm
11 years ago
5 replies
Chad Jennings

Windows XP App interface specifications

We are designing a Windows XP application which will be built using the
.Net framework. The visual design of the interface components
(buttons, tabs, form controls, tables) will be defined by the the
Windows XP styles.

1 Jul 2004 - 9:26am
11 years ago
8 replies
Greg Petroff

Flex and the Halo model

Anyone on the list used Macromedia Flex and the "Halo experience model"?

I am working on a project where we are either going to build our own visual
gui toolkit / interface spec in flash or adopt the Halo model with some
changes. Our development group can handle the server client relationship
of things usining jsp's or the flex model. What I am trying to acertain is
if we can reduce the amount of custom "gui" design while preserving and
developing good interaction for the project we are working on.

1 Jul 2004 - 8:30am
11 years ago
5 replies
Dave Malouf

menus, mice, and now even tabs ... (was menubar on Macs)

Hi JC,

I appreciate you call Andrei to task on his over-generalization.
Tehre are definitely and obviously lots of people who have found comfort in
a singular mouse and top window menubar world.

I think outside of the over-generalization there is a something a bit bigger
at question. So instead of saying an answer, I'll just try to ask the

If you were developing an OS from scratch where you knew about today's uses
of computers what would you do for
1. a menuing system? Would you even have one at all?
a. is there value in having menus contextualized to their primary