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#16 Steve B.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 21:11

Oh god, seeing pictures of the 2005 one brought back memories! :p

It seems that between 2003/6 it was fairly consistent in that case, and 2011/12 were close to identical.


#17 PhilTheThrill

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 21:13

In windows you just go into the system proprieties and it will tell you which version. It will say "Windows 8 or Windows 7. It won't just say NT 6.1 or NT 6.2


System in the control panel won't as you mention.

"winver" in the search box will however.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 21:14

Having a new UI gives the consumer that the new version they actually purchased is actually different. It could have all the benefits in the world under the hood, but if nothing the user sees changes, the user won't care and probably will not buy it. Hence, changing even just the colors gives the user the perception that this indeed is a new version.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 21:17

I was a beta tester for Inrix Traffic's new Android version and the UI change from 3.x to 4.0 was immense, but added so much to it and they really listened to thier testers/customers. It's a very good app made a lot better by the UI change and feature set change.

and speaking for windows 8, the look and feel grew on me. I like how solid and professional the new explorer UI is.

#20 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 21:17

generally they change the UI so that people can "See" a difference in the program rather than just having to believe something has been changed.

#21 Bonfire

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 21:19

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#22 Jason Stillion

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 21:40

Google blends it product with Windows, and you can tell there doing tweaks to blend with Windows 8.

Flipside, how do people still feel about winamp (www.winamp.com) it still actively maintained and updated, but the interface has had no real change for some time.

#23 Shane Nokes

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 21:47

Google blends it product with Windows, and you can tell there doing tweaks to blend with Windows 8.

Flipside, how do people still feel about winamp (www.winamp.com) it still actively maintained and updated, but the interface has had no real change for some time.


Winamp used to be one of my favorite players...but I sort of let it fall to the wayside due to the interface not really keeping up or having some decent upgrades.

I can't think of a ton of things specifically...but I would like to see at least a small UI refresh of some kind.

#24 Dot Matrix

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 21:56

I'd rather UI changes every version, than none at all. Do you know how horrifying it is to look at new apps that have decades old UIs? Many nerd computing tools suffer this fate (Wireshark, for example), which make them disgusting to run anymore.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 22:12

my current media player UI and it works well with metro.... but this is not the default skin

I made the compilation and the artwork
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 22:12

More people care about the UI then care about the code behind it. It's cheaper to alter the UI and pass it off as a new version, and LOTS do this...

#27 Guth

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 22:37

my current media player UI and it works well with metro.... but this is not the default skin

I made the compilation and the artwork
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What player is that?
I'm still using Winamp as it plays FLAC and my whole collection is in FLAC. every other player I have used I don't like. I'm stuck with winamp but I hate the UI. I used to use Jaangle but its UI is even worse.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 22:40

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#29 darkrats

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 22:42

My pet peeve is when an application has a misture of UI designs. For example, Symantec Endpoint Protection. The main window looks like a cartoon while all the sub-windows look more professional:





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Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:35

To the user, the interface is the product. - Aza Raskin