“If you don’t have a Magic Trackpad, you’re not going to enjoy Lion nearly as much as someone who owns one, though. Lion will probably quadruple Magic Trackpad sales. Here’s a tip: Get a Magic Trackpad and use it in addition to your (Magic) mouse. One on each side of the keyboard. Works wonders.”—
They reversed the direction of mouse scrolling! Crazy! But really, they needed to. With Lion, Apple is trying to change the user experience metaphor that has governed OS design since the 80s. It was a symbolic move, but one, to me, that ties together the new interaction paradigm – you interact with the content, not the OS.
Actually, you interact with the mouse or trackpad or whatever input device you’re using. You interact with the content on iOS and true multi-touch interfaces.
Took a few minutes today to update my iTunes Visual Comparisons for the newly released iTunes 10.4. Roll over images (or on iOS devices, touch) to see the differences between 10.4 and 10.0. While you’re there, you can check out past comparisons (9 vs 10, 8 vs 9) as well as look at the big jump from 8 to 10.4.
The three semaphore buttons regain their horizontal layout and the proper title bar is back. And once again, they have changed the look of the volume controls.
As usual, one find inspiring websites while looking for something else entirely. Brett Payne describes his site, Photo-Sleuth, as being A series of articles about old photographs, photographers and their subjects, but forgives to mention how fascinating the published material is. Worth a (good) look.
I apologise in advance, but due to an imminent major change in my main blog, I had to change this Tumblelog’s URL as well, from http://quillink.tumblr.com to http://morrick.tumblr.com. If you follow my updates via the Tumblr interface, you won’t notice the change, but it’s essential that you update your bookmarks if you occasionally come and check here by directly typing the URL in your browser.
When a type foundry or designer prepares a beautiful, amazing font specimen booklet like this, that is so rich in detail as well as informative… Well, you know you’re in the presence of things of the highest quality.
(Clicking on the link will either open a PDF file in your browser, or download it on your computer. If you want to visit the Shinntype foundry homepage, click here instead. Also remember that the website uses Flash.)
The network effect is extremely high in social networks. It’s absolutely a boil-the-ocean problem. For Google+ to be useful to you, most of your “friends” (in some context) need to be using it on a regular basis. And most people won’t use more than one social network regularly.
To get widespread adoption, therefore, this needs to take a lot of users away from Facebook, and quickly. Google+’s specific features are far less relevant until after (and if) it gets widespread use and competes strongly with Facebook.
So instead of analyzing the specific features, let’s ask that big question: Will a lot of people use Google+ instead of Facebook?
In all this buzz about the Google+ Project, this is one of the most intelligent observations I’ve read so far. I really agree with Marco’s take on the matter.