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The Nautilus spatial interface

The Nautilus spatial interface

Posted Apr 1, 2004 10:28 UTC (Thu) by pimlott (guest, #1535)
In reply to: The Nautilus spatial interface by simon_kitching
Parent article: A look at GNOME 2.6

given that some very smart people have put a lot of effort into this, I plan to give the new interface a good try before writing it off....

They may be smart, but they have been largely beguiled by the philosophy that UIs can be derived from a set of "theorems" on optimal interfaces, rather than considering how each decision will affect users.

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The Nautilus spatial interface

Posted Apr 1, 2004 15:26 UTC (Thu) by movement (guest, #871) [Link]

Your implication that they haven't considered the effect on users is patently ridiculous. Everyone who knows a little about UI design is aware that guidelines and research results are an input to the design process, not an output.

The change, I think is a positive one, for a number of reasons. First, remember that the previous in-place method had problems: it was non-obvious how to easily drag and drop stuff between places; it took longer to identify the folder a window is showing (it's a lot easier to identify something if its general shape is different); such a scheme is still not very usable for navigating large hierarchies.

Studies have shown that the target user market do not cope well with deep, complex hierarchies anyway. The new scheme has some obvious advantages for shallow hierarchies: "ah, my spreadsheets folder is here, just where I left it". Bear in mind the eventual impact of the Storage project, too.

The minority of users that can handle complex hierarchies with ease still have an easily available switch to use.

The Nautilus spatial interface

Posted Apr 4, 2004 13:35 UTC (Sun) by mdekkers (guest, #85) [Link]

"Studies have shown that the target user market..."? What studies? Where? Reference please... Who are the target user market, and where are the studies.

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