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Mon 03 Nov 2003
Finding Nemo and AppleScript Studio
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AppleScript Studio is a great tool to use to study user-interface design. I love the way Cocoa makes the "sheets" come out of a window, when you need to throw up a dialog for the user to respond to.
It's not just the attention Apple paid into animating the way the sheet pushes out of the window and plops down in front of the user. It's also very functional because you don't get dialogue boxes popping up all over the place to add to the clutter. It sticks to its relevant window. And you get to do something else with the program, while you decide what to do with the dialogue box - unlike the pre-OS X days when everything screeches to a halt until you dismiss the dialogue box.
My kid was watching Finding Nemo on the VCD while I was adding a sheet to a window in Postfix Enabler. Pixar and Apple. They share a lot more in common than just the CEO. I wonder what drives people like Jim Carlton to write such a "hatchet job" of a book like his "Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders". Am I being a "cultist" when I see beauty out of all these things? I think it's possible to root for Apple without loving the company or even liking many of the people who work for the company. May the joy continue to flow.
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