January 28th, 2010
In light of the release of the new Apple tablet device, I wanted to share a few thoughts and initial impressions. These thoughts are focused on the device as a whole – I’ll be posting more on Apple’s foray into the electronic book world later. Disclaimer: I am an AAPL shareholder and I plan to purchase at least one of these devices for research and development work when they become available.
January 11th, 2010
Lest I give anyone the wrong impression, Codex work has been progressing steadily, if a bit quietly. My last blog post on the topic described a user-interface scheme, which since I’ve abandoned in favor of a concept that simply works better than what I had in mind a month ago. No one ever said that software design wasn’t messy.
The UI design that I’m previewing below addresses several issues that continue to plague the current Books interface:
- Data availability. In the current version of Books, metadata is spread among several windows and tabs, making it difficult to review an entire record easily. The canonical metadata is in the details view, while the more readable overview (in the main window) only shows a small subset of the available data.
- Printability. Printing out record data is more of a priority for users than I acknowledged in Books 3. The new UI drastically simplifies and improves the printability of book information.
- Portability & scalability. When I created Books 3, I had no plans to target any platforms other than the Mac. Since that time, we’ve witnessed an explosion of fully-capable computing platforms that no longer fit the desktop mold. This new UI will be initially implemented on the Mac, but I have plans to port it to other platforms once the Mac app is released.
Please note that the following interface is intended for dealing with single records at a time. At a later date, I’ll be happy to share details about the interface that displays information across records (record browsers).
For screenshots and descriptions of the new interface, please read on.