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What did they do to the icons in Tiger's Mail.app?
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Jan 11, 2005, 08:33 PM
 
Take a look at the new preview pages on Apple's Tiger page.

http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger/mail.html

I thought they were going in a nice direction with the smooth gradient white windows, and then they add those horrible new icons to Mail.app! I hope it won't be written into the guidelines that apps' toolbar icons have these weird backgrounds now.
     
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Jan 11, 2005, 08:39 PM
 
Yea not sure what's up with that.
     
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Jan 11, 2005, 09:08 PM
 
It's an absolute abomination and a huge step backward.
     
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Jan 11, 2005, 09:53 PM
 
Other than that, Mail looks great.
     
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Jan 11, 2005, 10:43 PM
 
At least they killed the blue menubar "caps". (Whatever they're called)
     
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Jan 11, 2005, 11:07 PM
 
Yeah, those buttons on Mail in Tiger are not great. Real clunky-looking. Let's hope they see the light on that.
     
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Jan 11, 2005, 11:12 PM
 
I think they look fine; less jarring than the floaty icons of yore.

They'll probably be fixed up before release, anyhow.

Oh, and you can always customize shit like this quite easily.
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Jan 12, 2005, 03:05 AM
 
Eww
     
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Jan 12, 2005, 07:55 AM
 
I really hope for the sake of my neighbors and random drivers that they change those buttons before the big day...

... i am talking about that stupid new spotlight button as well >_<...

.... oh! and the apple....

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Jan 12, 2005, 09:20 AM
 
Oh Noooo. What happened to the blue end caps? I didn't even notice it till now.
     
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Jan 12, 2005, 09:37 AM
 
Haven't been paying too much attention to Tiger screenshots but mail icons look fine to me...but who knows, there is still time to refine them before Tiger goes GM. I will say that Dashboard looks 300% better now than it did back at the Developer's Conference. It actually looks like something I would use.
     
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Jan 12, 2005, 09:46 AM
 
Dashboard is a lot cooler!! WOW
     
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Jan 12, 2005, 10:21 AM
 
Yeah those buttons look like crap. Original Aqua (Panther) and Brushed also don't really fit with the new Plastic-like look (Mail, Spotlight, Menubar)
     
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Jan 12, 2005, 10:24 AM
 
I'm not sure about that Spotlight menuextra, it would be fine once coloured grey though.

But Apple still don't seem to have decided about this new white appearance. It's in Mail, Spotlight, System Prefs - is that it? What's the connection here? Personally I would like a toggle of brushed metal or this white appearance. And none of those weird new icons.
     
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Jan 12, 2005, 12:04 PM
 
I like them A LOT better than the current mail icons. Nice and simplistic - clutter free.
     
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Jan 12, 2005, 12:17 PM
 
Well, you're decidedly in the minority, mrjingles. The sidebar looks fine, but those buttons look like some sort of amateurish Netscape 4 throwback. It certainly isn't anywhere near the quality of previous efforts.

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Jan 12, 2005, 01:49 PM
 
I just puked in my mouth. Those icons are too busy! And the huge gap between some of them? What in the **** is going on?
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Jan 12, 2005, 03:24 PM
 
Yeah, the Apple-logo sure looks ugly..

     
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Jan 12, 2005, 05:15 PM
 
The last build of Tiger had the coolest Mail.app setup... I was hoping the entire GUI for Tiger would adopt that look from Mail. The latest mail.app from the expo looks like poop! Worse than friggin 10.0! What happened?! Did Apple hire some designers from Microsoft???
     
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Jan 12, 2005, 05:38 PM
 
Here come the gui snobs again ... god damn it, people, this is ridiculous. Complain, complain, and then complain some more. Tiger gui is fine - you don't like it, theme it.
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Jan 12, 2005, 06:01 PM
 
What happens if you insert a space between the icons? Do they turn into single rounded buttons? Also, is there still a small size button that scales it down even further? I think they should have just left them alone.

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Jan 12, 2005, 06:01 PM
 
Originally posted by olorin15:
Here come the gui snobs again ... god damn it, people, this is ridiculous. Complain, complain, and then complain some more. Tiger gui is fine - you don't like it, theme it.
Thanks for the enlightenment.
Honestly, if Apple whipped out an OS that looked like Windows XP, would you not be a little disappointed?

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Jan 12, 2005, 06:03 PM
 
Originally posted by intastella:
What happens if you insert a space between the icons? Do they turn into single rounded buttons? Also, is there still a small size button that scales it down even further? I think they should have just left them alone.

Don
I'm guessing they'll behave exactly like the back/forward button in Panther's Finder.
     
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Jan 12, 2005, 07:12 PM
 
Originally posted by olorin15:
Here come the gui snobs again ... god damn it, people, this is ridiculous. Complain, complain, and then complain some more. Tiger gui is fine - you don't like it, theme it.
If people like us didn't complain Apple would realise that nobody cared about the interface and go the Microsoft route of just designing any old piece of rubbish.
     
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Jan 12, 2005, 07:15 PM
 
you guys are going to theme it anyway and not look at ever, so whats the big deal?
     
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Jan 12, 2005, 07:52 PM
 
Originally posted by rhythmicmoose:
I'm guessing they'll behave exactly like the back/forward button in Panther's Finder.
Doubtful, I don't think Apple would force someone to have all three of those in that order. It's not the same thing as a back/forward set of buttons.
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Jan 12, 2005, 08:54 PM
 
Originally posted by the_plan:
Thanks for the enlightenment.
Honestly, if Apple whipped out an OS that looked like Windows XP, would you not be a little disappointed?

The only thing worse than people who whine too much is people that whine about people that whine too much.
blahblahblah ... you know very well osx will not look like windows, ever, period. but there'll always be people who for some reason feel offended by apple changing the look of their buttons ... why?
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Jan 12, 2005, 08:58 PM
 
Originally posted by monkeybrain:
If people like us didn't complain Apple would realise that nobody cared about the interface and go the Microsoft route of just designing any old piece of rubbish.
ummmm, i have news for you - apple does not give a rats ass about how you feel about their gui, as long as people are buying it. and more and more people are buying these days. so i think they are doing something right. people here for some reason feel like apple owes them something and take it very personal when apple makes changes they don't aprove of.
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Jan 13, 2005, 02:03 AM
 
Offended? I can't speak for every GUI freak, but I'm not "offended"... "A tiny bit disappointed" would better describe it.

I don't feel Apple owes me anything... If I see something I like, like Mail.app in the last build of Tiger, I will praise it to no end... when something like that changes to something I see as aesthetically disappointing, I'll comment on it.

Calm down... it's a GUI forum after all.
     
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Jan 13, 2005, 02:15 AM
 
I'll wait for Tiger to be released to pass judgment. However, Apple does elicit feedback.

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Jan 13, 2005, 02:56 AM
 
Originally posted by Randman:
I'll wait for Tiger to be released to pass judgment. However, Apple does elicit feedback.
You'll wait? They won't listen to you when it's a FINISHED product. You should get bitching at them before it's set in stone.
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Jan 13, 2005, 02:54 PM
 
I think it's fine.. Looks nice actually. U guys just like to complain.
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Jan 13, 2005, 04:56 PM
 
I'm not too keen on those buttons, but then I was never keen on the Panther buttons either.

I think that the Mail toolbar buttons should be based on the Finder toolbar buttons, ie sunken Aqua - then they'd match the new plastic look too.
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Jan 13, 2005, 08:45 PM
 
Hey-

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Jan 13, 2005, 09:21 PM
 
Originally posted by olorin15:
blahblahblah ... you know very well osx will not look like windows, ever, period. but there'll always be people who for some reason feel offended by apple changing the look of their buttons ... why?
Well being the self proclaimed "techie" that you are, you clearly don't understand it at all. Might just seem like a minor tool bar style change to you that wont affect anything but to people who actually know about these things then a slight change like this from apple basically opens the door for the slap dash UI design that you have to suffer on windows where basically every application released has a totally new interface that behaves totally different from anything else on the platform. Just look at microsoft office none of its menus or anything behave like a regular windows app its ridiculous. Though the idea behind osx was to escape the days in os9 when everyone made custom controls to suit their needs.
     
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Jan 20, 2005, 07:36 AM
 
In regards to the new icons: f*cking boo.
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Jan 20, 2005, 04:09 PM
 
Originally posted by the_plan:
Offended? I can't speak for every GUI freak, but I'm not "offended"... "A tiny bit disappointed" would better describe it.

I don't feel Apple owes me anything... If I see something I like, like Mail.app in the last build of Tiger, I will praise it to no end... when something like that changes to something I see as aesthetically disappointing, I'll comment on it.

Calm down... it's a GUI forum after all.
Hear hear!
     
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Jan 22, 2005, 06:48 AM
 
Stop whining. seriously. Of course they aren't going to stay like that, don't be stupid!. Lol the builds past that have it fixed nearly back to how it was in a few builds back. It was just a rush out the door mail built.

Stop being crazy
     
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Jan 23, 2005, 03:06 PM
 
Originally posted by ashtoash:
Stop whining. seriously. Of course they aren't going to stay like that, don't be stupid!. Lol the builds past that have it fixed nearly back to how it was in a few builds back. It was just a rush out the door mail built.

Stop being crazy
I agree - perhaps Apple has something else up their sleeves, interface wise, that they didn't want to show quite yet. The current Mail icons look clunky, and that could be because they rushed something together to replace what they will look like when released.
     
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Mar 15, 2005, 01:38 PM
 
So we are allegedly nearing the release of Tiger and still not a lot of info re: gui changes. Are these horrible mail icons gonna make it to the final?
     
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Mar 15, 2005, 01:54 PM
 
HELL YEAH!
     
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Mar 15, 2005, 02:29 PM
 
+ on interest.

Can anyone with access to the latest seed report if there have been any adjustments?
     
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That'd break Apple's NDA.
     
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Originally posted by TheGUiTom:
That'd break Apple's NDA.
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They'd better change. The Tiger Mail toolbar looks like crap. Who on earth thought those mysterious arrows would be better than clearly labelled icons for reply, forward, reply all, etc.?
     
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