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Cocoa Update [Apr. 8th, 2011|09:21 am]
LJ: Phoenix, Mac Client


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Cocoa Preview

This is the first version of the cocoa layout for the entry window, it's non-functional at the moment; though the built-in Spellcheck works right off the bat. There is still plenty of work left to do, but I figured I'd post this to get some feedback on the interface.

Obviously, it's a similar layout to what Phoenix uses now. To be honest, I've always liked Phoenix's layout for the most part (no big surprise, since I designed it). So, aside from some new tricks that Cocoa let's me do, it's more or less the same.

I didn't forget the picture button, the picture itself will be the button to choose your userpic. I'm looking at a couple of different options for making that more apparent.

The security and crossposting fields (which are normally invisible) have been moved to the drawer. The drawer will open whenever you select Crosspost or Custom Security. You can't see it yet, but they will function identically to how they do now, with checkboxes next to the choices to select them.

It's still a work in progress, but I'm really interested in any other comments or concerns you have about the layout.

[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2011-04-08 02:54 pm (UTC)
omg I'm so frickin excited about this I can barely see straight.
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[User Picture]From: infinitegraces
2011-09-02 04:55 am (UTC)
Is there any way, for the Userpic selector, that you could do something similar to what LJ does natively on the posting page? When I hover over my icon there, it offers me the option to select it—other than selecting it from the drop-down menu. It's actually a pretty aesthetically pleasing way to pick it, IMO. (Clarification: I feel like, with there being a current Javascript problem on the entry page, I should clarify that this works well…when the Javascript is working, as it's powered by that.)

I also see the tags field looks some different—will our currently existing tags be loaded or will there be the predictive tags option (similar to what web-LJ offers, or something like Tumblr's tag input)?

I'm glad the plan is to keep the layout design of the overall program pretty much as it has always been—that's one of my favorite things about Phoenix.

Looking forward to another update on how things are going, and other new features (perhaps?), as soon as you can. :)

Edited at 2011-09-02 05:09 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: angelika
2011-09-03 12:13 am (UTC)

All I ask for is a spellchecker

I just switched over to a MAC. I used to use Semagic on my PC. The new features & layout are reminiscent of Semagic. While I am not attempting to suggest you copy a PC-based program, I didn't switch to a MAC without reason, I did like a lot of Semagic's functionality.

Bottom line though, the new version looks great. Hell, I'd be happy with the current one if only it did spellcheck ;).
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