Better GUI look but still the Be feel.

Forum thread started by Dave_J on Thu, 2009-12-17 22:56

I was hoping for transparent tabs on the windows that may disappear when the mouse is not on the window. Only the window that has focus has a 75% transparent tab. 100% opaque tab on mouse over.

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Re: Better GUI look but still the Be feel.

Transparency only looks good if it's done right (Aero Glass). This IMO wouldn't be the "nice" way to do it. I'm not a fan of transparency anyway but i wouldn't want to see transparent tabs, and i'm sure a lot of others wouldn't either.

Re: Better GUI look but still the Be feel.

Transparency should be used very carefully. In Ubuntu, the default theme has slightly transparent tops on inactive windows. Personally, I think it looks like crap.

Window shadows and antialiased rounded corners are a perfect use, though.

Re: Better GUI look but still the Be feel.

Who really wants something that is more resource intensive than a simple regular tab.

And isn't this supposed to kind of have the Beos feel?

Re: Better GUI look but still the Be feel.

> Who really wants something that is more resource intensive than a simple regular tab.

When you have dedicated hardware capable of drawing thousands of alphablended triangles and dedicated graphics memory, this is not really an issue.

Though I know Haiku doesn't have very good graphics hardware support right now, I'm confident it will come.

But sure, the rectangular, non-transparent theme should still be available for low-end systems. Or if you simply don't like the more "modern" look.

Re: Better GUI look but still the Be feel.

OK, I'll agree to that as long as I can have a minimal impact setting so I can use all the system horsepower for things that actually really matter. Yes I run all my Windows boxes in the classic mode with all the transitions turned off, can't stand them.

Re: Better GUI look but still the Be feel.

I would like for the GUI a little more functionality.
For the windows I would like something like in windows 7. When you pull the window by the title bar to the left side, the windows resizes itself occupying the left side of the screen. The same for the right side. Pulling it to the top of the screen will maximize the window.

I also like the task-bar of windows 7, it's quite organized, and the right window/application from the taskbar can be fast and easy accessed.

Re: Better GUI look but still the Be feel.

Personally I think that the GUI looks fine as it is. The subtle-but-elegant use of shading, the simple-but-beautiful GUI controls, and the general polished look and feel need no real change. In fact the only GUI are that I think could use improvement is TERRIBLE for large folders. The ability to have icons snap to a grid and to sort them by name or file type would be a nice thing, because I'm tired of using lists for all my large folders.

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