Not as bad as a Drop Down List



  • Well, this isn't too off-topic, but I thought it was pretty good. From Luke F..

    This is perhaps the strangest mechanism for selecting a TCP/IP port that I have ever seen: a slider.

    This screenshot comes from Telestream's Flip Factory product, which does transcoding of video and audio from one format to another. The entire configuration interface for Flip Factory is itself something of a WTF, consisting as it does of Java applets running in Internet Explorer and a bizarre tab-and-tree configuration hierarchy, sort of like the Mozilla Preferences dialog gone (even more) wrong.

    Dragging the slider increments the port to one of a series of fixed port numbers: 267, 514, 762, 1009, 1256, ...

    Clicking on the "line" of the slider increments or decrements the port by one.

    Fortunately, you can type in the port you want directly.



  • Oh sweet merciful Jesus. That hurts my head. Belongs in the UI hall-of-shame.



  • Software Requirements:

    1. Mouse with HIGH RESOLUTION scroll wheel.


  • oops, should be "Hardware Requirements"



  • Putting the "Replace existing files?" checkbox into a box labeled
    "Replace existing files?" is as much of a WTF as the port selector, if
    you ask me.



  • @alexb said:

    Putting the "Replace existing files?" checkbox into a box labeled
    "Replace existing files?" is as much of a WTF as the port selector, if
    you ask me.
    That is a very good shorthand for "Are you sure?" [:D]



  • Looking at the UI more closely, it looks distinctly non-windows. 
    If it were mac, it might make sense (to a mac person anyways) as I
    believe their UI Guidelines state that any field that accepts numeric
    input should have either a spinner or slider, in addition to displaying
    the minimum and maximum range.



    -blue



    PS: Now we have something besides VB or NOT VB to make fun of.  [:)]






  • @Blue said:

    Looking at the UI more closely, it looks distinctly non-windows. 
    If it were mac, it might make sense (to a mac person anyways) as I
    believe their UI Guidelines state that any field that accepts numeric
    input should have either a spinner or slider, in addition to displaying
    the minimum and maximum range.



    -blue



    PS: Now we have something besides VB or NOT VB to make fun of.  Smile






  • Yeah, well, whatever.



  • @Blue said:

    Looking at the UI more closely, it looks distinctly non-windows. 
    If it were mac, it might make sense (to a mac person anyways) as I
    believe their UI Guidelines state that any field that accepts numeric
    input should have either a spinner or slider, in addition to displaying
    the minimum and maximum range.



    -blue



    PS: Now we have something besides VB or NOT VB to make fun of.  Smile






  • Ack! It ate my reply.



    I was going to say that it looked like Java - check out another program called Yawcam that uses the same slider technique.



  • Your response is duly noted.  [+o(]



    BTW, I have no actual Mac experience other than struggling to help
    friends figure theirs out occasionally, and being semi-involved in
    porting a commercial app from windows->mac.  It wasn't
    pretty.   I could easily be completely wrong about their UI
    guidelines, especially since the advent of OS X.




  • Good observation, that might be SWT with the "motif" look and feel.




  • It looks like linux



  • yes, linux using the motif widgets.. same difference...



    although I guess the gnome/kde stuff looks similar as well.  I'm
    not enough of a linux geek to know if that uses motif also.




  • Actually, I believe that is just the default L&F of Java 2. I coulnt't tell you what it's called, but it really doesn't matter what platform it's running on, that's what it's going to look like.



  • After STFW about this, it appears that the default Java 2 "look and
    feel" is called "Metal", but to me it looks like straight motif.



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