Monday Sep 17, 2012

A New Experience

So a couple of weeks ago, after a fraction over 12 years, I bade farewell to the Solaris Desktop team to join the team whose blog you're reading now: Oracle's Systems Experience Design team, known internally as sxDesign, which has a wider but still largely Solaris-focused usability remit.1

There's been a good deal of overlap and collaboration between the two teams over the years anyway, so it's not exactly a step into the unknown. The elders among you might remember a GNOME 1.4 usability study I presented at GUADEC in 2001, for example, which was primarily the handiwork of a previous incarnation of sxDesign… I pretty much just turned up at the end to steal the glory for the Desktop team. In your face, people I'm going to be working with now!2


1 A move I was first approached about making in about 2003, I think… who says I'm rubbish at making snap decisions?

2 I'm not really. They all left years ago.

Friday Dec 05, 2008

Friday Fun with JavaFX

One of the -very- interesting things about working with JavaFX is that it gives us the ability to build applets (or widgets, if you will) that live in the browser, but can be "torn out" of the browser and plopped into the desktop. Here is a picture of me draging one of the FX samples out of the browser and on to my desktop.

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[Use IE7+ and FF3+ and visit the dragable MP3 player sample or  this sample]

 

Its a very interesting exercise to think of the apps that you are building, and see what this would do for you. Perhaps it lets you build a website and get a desktop version for free. If you were building twitter :), your users could come to  twitter.com, drag the client on to their desktops and now they  have a running instance of a  desktop client. Nice! One thing I would love to get is a little ink dropper like gadget that I could drag to any part of my screen to get a color value. 

As a potential end-user I also like that I can go to some page of my bookmarked widgets and tear away the ones I want for that day or that session.

 As a designer, its really something fun to play with and imagine. What are you building these days, and if it could live on the browser or on the desktop, what cool things would that do for you? What new apps do you think should get built leveraging this capability, to make our lives easier and our fun funner :) 

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