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Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jazzman45, Apr 20, 2004.

  1. jazzman45 macrumors member

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    Does anyone else find that Apple is poised to combin all their iLife apps together into one super-app?

    Really, what do you think?

    The programs all share similar interface options, if not the same, and many have buttons to call upon the other programs.

    What if your apps were the interface. This way, rather than finding the program you need to use, just define the task you wish to complete. eh? You could have a dock-like interface on the corners. Say, bottom right and a bubble-like jogdial pops up and you run your mouse up and down to select your task. Say, bottom left spring-loaded folders pop out, but just moving your mouse over them opens them up...quick navigation don't you think?

    Got any crazy ideas like this? It just seems like QuartzExtreme has hardly been tapped for what it can do...first we got the 'genie' effect & dock and now we've got expose. Start with an innovation, and function will come later.

    -Tyler
     
  2. musicpyrite macrumors 68000

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    Sounds like a good idea, but the iLife apps are already demanding enough on the processor, RAM, ect. Multiply that by several apps and you ahve a problem. It would be like tying to run Adobe PhotoShop CS, or iDVD, or VPC on a G3 300 MHz with 128 RAM.
     
  3. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    The only idea (not crazy by any means) is this: when a drop down menu pops up why doesn't its placement on the screen correlate with where the mouse pointer is and place the box so the pointer is directly over the default (dark blue) button on the drop down menu. I know there was mouse software on OS 8 that would move the mouse pointer for me to that default button (which was sort of nice), but I am talking about something different. For example...below I have a pic where I clicked the trash can icon with my mouse pointer on the menu bar in the First Class doucment and the drop down menu showed up where I took the pick...so had to track all the way over to the delete key (or take my hand and hit enter or return) and track back to the trashcan again to do the same when deleting sevearl documents. Less mouse moving means less time and less stess on our aching hands. Nothing too radical though...sorry.
     

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  4. oldschool macrumors 65816

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    while i didn't like OS8 mouse software that moved my mouse for me, your idea that the dialogue box should open under your pointer seems like a great idea to me...
     
  5. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, I agree- It always took me a second to find the damn pointer when it would move like that.

    I would think this idea could be build in very easily and maybe even some sort of developer software program could be made for all writers of software to use it easily and make it a standard. /course I don't knkow enough about developing software to know. :confused:
     
  6. jazzman45 thread starter macrumors member

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    this would definitely be for future/higher end systems.

    We've been quite limited by processor speed and restricted to apps as wholely separate entities. Now computers keep getting faster, and there have been no new ideas on how to present the information to the user. I think there should be more 'ergonomic' interfaces now that there is far more power that idles around while not actually working with the app.

    -tyler
     
  7. janey macrumors 603

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    no way.
    i dont use all of iLife (hate iDVD, hate iMovie, hate iPhoto) and if I use it at all, it's for Garageband.
    I would really dislike having to open one major RAM/CPU consuming app (they're already bad as they are right now) that combines the five just to use one or two parts of it at a time.
    Besides, for some people, their computers wont be able to handle it, so they'll be a ton of bitching to Apple by people with older computers and I dont think that's a good thing for Apple.
     
  8. Bear macrumors G3

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    This is a bad bad bad idea.

    Cp,bining all the applications tohether into one will cause many issues. Imagine losing everything you were working on in iLife just because you ran into a program bug the program crashed?

    Also, testing and debugging the program would become a nightmare as anytime you do a bugfix, yo now have to fully test the whole combined application instead of just testing the currently individual program.

    Yes, it's good that the prhrams integrate together, but it would be bad for them to be one program. I don't use all of iLife, so having it be one giant application would be a waste of resources. (And not just disk space.)

    Why do you think MS Windows crashes so much? They tied way too much directly together. an IE crash basically can kill the whole system.
     
  9. lucasraggers macrumors newbie

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    That's a bad idea. I don't look at my photos that aften. Every time I use iTunes I would have to wait for GarageBand, iPhoto to load.
     

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