February 19, 2006


Filed under: apple,design — sparkrobot @ 3:44 pm

I’ve just discovered a slick application launching tool for the Mac. The developer’s site claims “Namely is possibly the fastest way to open applications.” Hmm. That is possible. Previously, I’d been using the dock as it’s intended – to store aliases that invoke applications to run. Using this method however, I found my dock was getting super-cluttered. Using Namely, I’m able to keep core apps in the dock, but ditch icons I use all the time. If I need to get a phone number, I hit the hot-key combo and type in Address Book and hit enter. Bang. There’s my stuff. When I’m done with it, it’s out of my way. It’s a very similar workflow to searching a Mac with Spotlight. Nice work Amar.

February 14, 2006

Open Sources UIs and Design Patterns

Filed under: design,Internet, eh? — sparkrobot @ 12:27 pm

If this headline doesn’t reach out and grab you, ignore this post. Yahoo has posted this to their developer network.  If you’re still reading this, you might find this interesting.

The Yahoo! User Interface Library is a set of utilities and controls, written
in JavaScript, for building richly interactive web applications using
techniques such as DOM scripting, HTML and AJAX. The UI Library Utilities
facilitate the implementation of rich client-side features by enhancing
and normalizing the developer’s interface to important elements of the browser
infrastructure (such as events, in-page HTTP requests and the DOM). The
Yahoo UI Library Controls produce visual, interactive user interface elements
on the page with just a few lines of code and an included CSS file. All
the components in the Yahoo! User Interface Library have been released as
open source under a BSD license and are free for all uses.