Mac OSX UI, fails again, inconsistent

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by spacepower7, May 13, 2005.

  1. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    Just a short rant on Apple UI

    apple button=command

    DVD Player (DVD) VS Quicktime (QT)

    Full screen
    DVD command-0 (zero)
    QT command-F (QT Pro?, why have to pay pro license for full screen multimedia?????????)

    Half size
    DVD command-1
    QT command-0 (zero)

    Actual size
    DVD command-2
    QT command-1

    Double size
    QT command-2

    Max Size
    DVD command-3

    or maybe better viewed this way

    DVD=full screen or exit full screen
    QT=half size

    DVD=half size
    QT=actual size

    DVD=normal size
    QT=double size

    DVD=maximum size

    QT=full screen (with Pro?)

    This one is the most obvious, command-F should mean full screen in both apps.

    Am I the only one that is bothered that Apple has been inconsistent with this for several years? I guess so since they haven't bothered to fix it.

    Let me know where I am wrong??, I might have missed something.
  2. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    True. It's very inconsistent. Tiger doesn't address this and actually some hotkeys have been changed from Panther.

    Add Windows Media Player and VLC, and it becomes quite a hodge-podge of key combinations.
  3. redeye be macrumors 65816

    redeye be

    Jan 27, 2005
    Maybe they did this to have the same shortcuts available on win machines for QT.
    You're right though, they could've been more consistent.
  4. MacSA macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2003
    sheeesh....use the drop down menus. Last times I had to use that many "short cuts" was on an antique computer made in the 80 that didn't have a mouse.
  5. spacepower7 thread starter macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004

    At least they could have the "short cuts" for full screen the same.??? I don't think that it would be that hard.???

    At least most of our apps use the spacebar for play and stop. What if play/stop was different in every multimedia program that we use?

    (note to self...patent idea for spacebar play/stop use to control [add vague copyright term here] multimedia devices, ie cpu, cd players, dvd players and all future gadgets with a spacebar or remote control with a spacebar. ;)
  6. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I've never played around with DVD Player and QuickTime Player enough to notice're right, though - that is wildly inconsistent and a possible violation of Apple's own UI guidelines.
  7. spacepower7 thread starter macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    That is what inspired me to post.
    I was reading the Apple Dashboard developer site the other day, they preach all about the Apple UI guidelines which sometimes they don't follow themselves.
  8. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Unfortunately, Apple are more obsessed with pointless eye-candy (ooooh! a ripple effect!) than maintaining a high standard of UI design. I'm sure there are similar rants on other threads about the new Mail, why have 3 window styles, why does the Finder change window style if all you want to do is hide the toolbar etc..etc.

    Which is particularly ironic, as Apple's UI guidelines are (were) almost the bible of good UI design.

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