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Leopard Fake Screenshot Contest Winners Announced 163

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Austin Sarner writes "Phill Ryu's Fake Leopard Screenshot contest which has been attracting a quite a bit of buzz has just ended and the winners have been announced! While there is a bunch of expected stuff in these screenshots, the entrants did not hold back when it came to trying out crazy stuff — and surprisingly, a good amount of them work great. Ranging from new window styles to a complete rethink of a window based work environment, these are sure to make any UI geek excited. The winners received over $1,000 each in prizes, and were obviously motivated to put out some great stuff. The judges included Wil Shipley, the creator of Delicious Library, David Watanabe, who makes NewsFire and Acquisition, as well as numerous other smaller devs."
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Leopard Fake Screenshot Contest Winners Announced

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  • I don't know about you, but I'm saving my pennies and nickels for the real deal...
  • Hmmm (Score:4, Funny)

    by paulius_g (808556) on Thursday July 27, 2006 @10:57PM (#15796290) Homepage
    Nothing to see here, move along?

    That's sure the way Apple wants it until WWDC!
    • I see some pretty good ideas there. After Leopard is released, Vista will announce new features for Aero Glass that are either from Leopard or from these ideas. (Did you really think they would ship before WWDC?)
    • by megaditto (982598) on Friday July 28, 2006 @03:27AM (#15797025)
      The problem with young people today is they utterly lack imagination.

      Having x11 support 2 mouse pointers at once, one per each hand, would seem such a basic thing. I like having multiple windows, multiple desktops, multiple tasks going on, why do I bloody have to click on one at a time. And how about adding tactile feedback to Finder? I want larger files to feel heavier, I want music files to feel sticky...

      Or how about a multidimentional, 3-D or 4-D dock, with focus following your eye direction. After all, MacBooks do have builtin webcams, right? I want to look at the app icon on the dock, blink on it, and get it up!

      And why are we locked into using letters to represent ideas, names, and concepts? Why does a picture file have to be named "blue-duck.jpg", I want to make a 3-D blue bird image to be it's 'name', not a string of ASCII crap. And why can't we search pictures and music files like we should be able to? 'Victoria, high quality, find all the music files with voice of Jerry Springer saying 'hello', find all the pictures containing a girl with red hair?' not so bloody hard now, is it?

      As a great visionary once said, the Internet is not a truck, it's a collection of pipes. So darnit, for my surfing I want to see some pipes, how they connect, and where they lead to, and what they contain. I don't want to read about Lebanon, I want my Mac to be smart enough to convert text not even into a sound, but into a 3-D VR scene re-enactment of the news!

      Why do windows have to look like flat pieces of paper? Why does your computer have to show documents like a typewriter? Why does a PowerPoint have to resemble decades-old slide projector presentations? Why not make it resemble a road, you walk along the road and look at the points along the way, you see what will come next (although less clear), you walk at your own pace, or fly up and see the entire thing? Why do I have to be blindfolded and shown one piece at a time, like dumb cattle lead to a slaughterhouse?

      Why not store the session on a plugged-in iPod like Sun's thin clients used to be able to do 10 years ago? Unplug it, plug into another Mac 1,000 miles away at an airport, and keep same open apps and docs restored instantly? What, macs are too pussy to do that?

      Sorry for the rant, I do not have many years left to my life, I would so much like to experience an OS I can enjoy!
      • I want music files to feel sticky...
        Wouldn't that be porn files? [ducks]
      • The more features you add to an OS the better it is.

        That's what I've learned from this contest.

        Ignore the fact that the finder, like explorer, it's a fucked up hodgepodge of mixed conventions and metaphors... just cram some more features into to it. Tired of having a desktop or dock cluttered with several windows all viewing the same god damn directory? Well now you can have those windows hidden in finder tabs! Weee!! Now you can forget about currently opened windows even faster!! RAM be damned!

        Or what abo
      • find all the pictures containing a girl with red hair?' not so bloody hard now, is it?

        Several years ago I came upon an app on Freshmeat that had a small paint canvas where you would draw something and it would search a collection of pictures for similar images to what you drew. It was pretty good at it too. Draw a head and torso with breasts, it found upper-body shots. Scribble some red hair, it narrowed it down to redheads. So that much technology is out there, somewhere.
      • IBM demo'd an image searching system about 10 years ago, where you'd sketch the outlines of what you were looking for. Probably hasn't been refined enough yet.

        As for music feeling "sticky", I'm baffled on that one. I've owned various media over 30++ years, (sheet, vinyl album, tape, CD, banjo), and sticky was never a desirable state of affairs. However, as long as there is tactile feedback available, then classical should feel like polished wood, modern orchestral (Bartok), like sheet-metal sculpture,
        • Barry Manilow [should feel] like you're sinking in lukewarm jello while barely heated tofu is poured over your head.

          I think I speak for everyoe here when I say, "Eww."

          Still, I suppose its better than it feeling like Barry Manilow.
      • As a great visionary once said, the Internet is not a truck, it's a collection of pipes. So darnit, for my surfing I want to see some pipes, how they connect, and where they lead to, and what they contain.

        How could you misquote the great Internet Sage, Ted Stevens, Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, ForShame.

        No, I'm not finished. I want people to understand my position, I'm not going to take a lot of time.

        They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the inte

      • I want larger files to feel heavier, I want music files to feel sticky...

        Hey, if music files feel sticky, what about the pr0n files?

        "Gaah! What is this thing? It's all sticky and heavy as hell!" "Oh, that's just Roseanne Arnold in a thong singing the Star Spangled Banner..."

        • "Gaah! What is this thing? It's all sticky and heavy as hell!" "Oh, that's just Roseanne Arnold in a thong singing the Star Spangled Banner..."

          You should never, ever be allowed to post on the internet again. Damn me for researching the posts I am metamoderating.
      • And how about adding tactile feedback to Finder? I want larger files to feel heavier, I want music files to feel sticky...

        And I want my porn pics to feel soft, warm, and smooth. . .
    • by Misagon (1135)
      There is not much to see here, no.

      The mockups were made by fans of Apple, and Apple fans love flashy new features Features FEATURES! That is what you can find in these mockups.

      If you are looking for good UI design, look elsewhere.

      Anyone looking to improve MacOS X should look here first: http://www.asktog.com/ [asktog.com] .
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 27, 2006 @11:02PM (#15796308)
    I guess that's hosted on the winner of the fake server contest ...
  • Umm.. (Score:5, Funny)

    by William Robinson (875390) on Thursday July 27, 2006 @11:04PM (#15796314)
    "Well, this guy sure likes Asian women...

    Good, I stayed away from the contest. Otherwise, he would have easily guessed, that I like Canadian women.

    • Re:Umm.. (Score:5, Funny)

      by daeley (126313) on Thursday July 27, 2006 @11:30PM (#15796399) Homepage
      that I like Canadian women.

      This thread is useless without pics, you hoser. ;)
    • Otherwise, he would have easily guessed, that I like Canadian women.

      Would it be from the massive amounts of Avril Lavigne visible in your itunes library ;)
    • Re:Umm.. (Score:4, Informative)

      by shidoshi (567151) on Friday July 28, 2006 @01:10AM (#15796714)
      It's funny how much I'm getting ragged on by a few people out there for the amount of Asian girls in my screenshots. One of the things I wanted to show off was the playing movies in the icon support, by far the most vidoe files I have are Asian music videos, so I chose to go with those. For the rest... hey, Asian girls are cute, I had some images onhand, so that's what I used.
      • Couldn't resist... (Score:2, Insightful)

        by KlaymenDK (713149)
        This is not my normal style, but this *is* /. after all....

        hey, Asian girls are cute, I had some images onhand, so that's what I used.

        Oh no, you didn't. I bet you had images on screen or in mind, and something else entirely in hand....! ;-)
      • So are puppies, but that doesn't mean I'm going to plaster them all over my desktop.

        Well, I mean theoretically.. if I knew people were going to see it.

        FINE, I'll take down the puppies. Jesus!
  • Coral Cache Link (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Coral Cache Link [nyud.net]
  • Alternative (Score:5, Funny)

    by wombatmobile (623057) on Thursday July 27, 2006 @11:09PM (#15796332)
    The site is currently hosed, but it isn't the only fake leopard site [dentdale.com] out there.
  • Mockups = mockups (Score:2, Informative)

    by 13bPower (869223)
    I've seen a lot of these ideas before. I remember them from all the Gnome3 and KDE4 mockups floating around. These fake shots do look nice though.
  • by stubear (130454) on Thursday July 27, 2006 @11:41PM (#15796429)
    I don't care for fancy visual upgrades, I want two serious propblems fixed in OSX.5. First, I want Apple to have folders merge their contents when files or folders of the same name are encountered. Currently there is no easy way to syncoronize the contents of folders with the same name.

    Second, Apple needs to fix their craptastic font handling lack of capabilities. In this day in age it is completely unreasonable to allow fonts to run wild and take entire systems down. Fontbook is a joke and I now see why Extensis wasn't afraid of Apple getting into the font management software business.

    These two fixes would go a long way to making OSX a lot more usable for me.
    • by tezbobobo (879983) on Friday July 28, 2006 @12:12AM (#15796537) Homepage Journal
      Yeah dude, anyone who needs to manage their fonts beyond the ability of Apple's ability should not be using inbuilt font support on ANY platform. I might suggest Font Agent Pro. I use it all the time I'm working (newspaper designer) and it is th best out there. If suitcase have gotten their shit together, they used to be pretty good. And apparently linotypes new thing is good, but from reports not as good as FAP (free though).

      Merging would be nice.
    • Currently there is no easy way to syncoronize the contents of folders with the same name.

      There's always cp -r.

      saga:~/test rasmus$ find .
      .
      ./test1
      ./test1/a
      ./test1/a/contents-in-test1-a
      ./test1/a/contents-in-test1-b
      ./test1/a/contents-in-test1-c
      ./test2
      ./test2/a
      ./test2/a/contents-in-test2-a
      ./test2/a/contents-in-test2-b
      ./test2/a/contents-in-test2-c
      saga:~/test rasmus$ cp -r test1/a/* test2/a/
      saga:~/test rasmus$ find test2
      test2
      test2/a
      test2/a/contents-in-test1-a
      test2/a/contents-in-test1-b
      test2

    • regarding font management: you might want to take a look at LinoType FontExplorer. [linotype.com]

      it's free and a good contender to the Extensis software, although they still have some polishing to do.

    • I don't get what you mean by "I want Apple to have folders merge their contents when files or folders of the same name are encountered."

      How "encountered"? And how do you want to merge files with folders?

      Eivind.

    • "Fontbook is a joke and I now see why Extensis wasn't afraid of Apple getting into the font management software business."

      You don't understand. FontBook is not supposed to be some sort of professional font management application. Never was. Suitcase (Extensis) and FontBook are two different applications used for different things. Suitcase is meant to manage a designer/production person's 10,000 fonts, usually through auto-activation... something FontBook does not do nor pretend to. FontBook is for that ps
      • This is from a post above so it's not directed at you specifically but giv ethis a shot, "...when you do this OSX wipes the existing folder and replaces it with the new content. Try this. Create a folder on your desktop and place four or five sub folders within it. Copy some image files or whatever you want into this folder and pepper the subfolders with similar content, including subfolders. Copy this folder to another location on your system. Go back to your original folder and remove a few of the files a
        • I want this feature to work like it does in Windows and Linux.

          I don't. I hate it when the OS decides it know what I want to do for me and does something I did not tell it. If I deleted a file two folders down and then copy the parent folder over another folder somewhere, I expect that file to still be gone. If I want to merge trees I'll use a versioning system.

    • Personally I wish they'd sort out their virtual memory system.

      I used to use Navicat a great deal - a tool for talking to MySQL databases. Unfortunately it has a bug or two, and when executing some queries it will get into a state where it starts to eat memory and never stops. If you don't notice this is happening then you end up with an unusable machine - the Force Quit dialogue box will come up, eventually, but the machine will essentially be unresponsive. If you're fortunate enough to have a terminal s
      • Guess what? Load up a Windows XP or Linux box with way more active processes than it has RAM and swap, and they'll grind into non-responsiveness too. Virtual memory is not a magic cure for non-responsive systems.

        There are tools for preventing runaway processes from making the machine non-responsive, you should probably learn to use them. (Look up 'ulimit'.)
    • I want Apple to have folders merge their contents when files or folders of the same name are encountered. Currently there is no easy way to syncoronize the contents of folders with the same name

      I'm guessing that this functionality is provided in either Windows or Linux. I honestly wonder how it works (little experience with Windows and less w/ Linux).

      One possible solution is selecting all the files in a directory (CMD-A is the keyboard shortcut) and moving them into a second directory. In the Finder, yo

    • They need to change the font caching architecture seriously. I got iDefrag, a advanced disk defrag here (video guy here,I deal with huge files) with online defrag capabilities and it can show which file has fragments while disk online (in use)

      Annex.aux right now have 10 fragments (3.52 mb file,what happened to auto defrag of http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/ 27903

      You can imagine the reports they get from their customers if they added such option.
      • (found a bug in Slashdot code, will report it, apologies re-posting original comment)

        They need to change the font caching architecture seriously. I got iDefrag, a advanced disk defrag here (video guy here,I deal with huge files) with online defrag capabilities and it can show which file has fragments while disk online (in use)

        Annex.aux right now have 10 fragments (3.52 mb file) Of course it is a cache and bound to be fragmented but if I see only horrible fragmentation exist on that file only, I suspect some
        • It is one of font caches. This is a very "stock" system and never used in DTP. I can't imagine DTP people's font caches right now.

          Most DTP people would know that if fonts are crashing their system, it's probably because the the font itself is broken. That's why even FontBook comes with a validation capability. If you're having problems, you should validate any fonts you've installed. [apple.com] Clearing the cache might make the problem go away, but only until you re-load the bad font. It is not a fix.
    • FontAgent Pro is the best font application out there for OSX. It performs reasonably well up to about 10000 fonts. after that, it starts to choke, when loading (primarily because it has an option to compare font metrics to determine exact duplicates).

      as for merging, that's possible using a great commandline utility called rsync that comes with OSX, albeit, I think you need to install the developer tools to get access to that. Apple's rsync is broken for some things, since it doesn't preserve dates, but ther
    • I want Apple to have folders merge their contents when files or folders of the same name are encountered. Currently there is no easy way to syncoronize the contents of folders with the same name.

      I hope you don't want this done on the fly. You might have folders with the same name that are in different places for a reason. I certainly do. I don't want them merged or syncd. There are plenty of third party tools that will sync specified folders.

  • Am I the only one... (Score:4, Informative)

    by DwarfGoanna (447841) on Thursday July 27, 2006 @11:44PM (#15796438)
    who thinks that finder looks completely unusable? IANAIDBT (I am not an interface designer by trade), but this really puts the the stupid in Keep It Simple, Stupid. You have to remember that Apple especially would probably like to keep their file browser grandma friendly. I'm sure I could find ways to put something like this to good use eventually, but my first impression was "holy fuck, thats cluttered".
    • So what part of FAKE screenshot didn't you understand? As for the real deal, you can make it as cluttered or uncluttered as you please....just like Windows. Bartron
    • Which one? (Score:5, Informative)

      by shidoshi (567151) on Friday July 28, 2006 @01:14AM (#15796720)
      For mine (the first place winner), I was trying to show off a lot of different feature ideas, so yeah, my Finder ended up being a bit cluttered. We were limited to five screenshots, so once I factored in the Mail and Safari shots, plus Peek getting its own, I just decided to go all out with one main Finder shot. Obviously, in real-world usage, it wouldn't be so cluttered, and everything would have options for turning said features on or off.
      • Finder in Panther and Tiger is already too cluttered. The Metal Finder with he huge space-wasting tabs on the left side is an abomination, and I actually bought PathFinder to try and get away from it... but Pathfinders's even more cluttered.

        Give me the Jaguar finder, and stick small, inconspicuous, uncluttered Mozilla/Safari style tabs under the toolbar, and I'll be happy. The "shortcut" capability of the Finder tabs is already taken care of by the ability to drag files into the toolbar, so that's really al
        • The Metal Finder with he huge space-wasting tabs on the left side is an abomination

          Were you aware that you could simply collapse the sidebar and never have to look at it again? You just grag the divider and drag it over to the left.

          • Were you aware that you could simply collapse the sidebar and never have to look at it again?

            Did you read the rest of my message, where I wrote "Give me the Jaguar finder, and stick small, inconspicuous, uncluttered Mozilla/Safari style tabs under the toolbar, and I'll be happy."

            But in any case, that still doesn't get rid of the abomination of Metal that even iTunes has abandoned.
    • who thinks that finder looks completely unusable?

      I do, but then again anything with "Brushed Metal" should be banned.

      C'mon, Steve, you touted "Aqua" as the interface for OSX, but WTF is up with brushed metal?

      "It makes it look professional" or some such was what I recalled hearing.

      No, quite frankly, brushed metal makes me think of fast food kitches, pee troughs at a stadium
      or the brushed metal toilets in your average jail cell.

      Real good choice there, dude.

      Clutter + Fugly in the midst of Aqua and BSD.

      (shakes
  • by jpellino (202698) on Thursday July 27, 2006 @11:58PM (#15796480)
    ... with the animated smoke pouring from the phillryu server mounted on the desktop.
    Oh, that's *real*?
    Oops.
  • dave watanabe (Score:2, Flamebait)

    by eobanb (823187)
    Too bad Aquisition is a GPL-violating abomination.
  • by RelliK (4466) on Friday July 28, 2006 @12:07AM (#15796507)
    (That's our display department.)
  • by clickety6 (141178) on Friday July 28, 2006 @04:31AM (#15797153)
    ... to get rid of the non-intuitive red/yellow/green buttons and replace them with some meaningful icons !
    • Yes, like an X, a minus sign, and a plus sign... You know, the ones that show up when you hover over the buttons? I suppose we could show them all the time instead of just on hover, but I can't see how a plus sign is any more indicative of "resize window to better fit content" than a green circle really...

      And what are all these weird icons in my browser? Two triangles pointing in different directions, a magnifying glass, and a recycling arrow thing? Surely the triangles move the window left and right, the m
      • Fascinating how mac users forget the meaning of "intuitive" when called on it. The icons referred to are definitely style over substance. Why do you have to hover over them in order to see them? Why is color used as a differentiating element? Did the guys who designed this flunk out of usability school? They should have.
  • ... couldn't fit on a web page, except maybe using VRML.

    http://scarydevil.com/~peter/io/3dworld.html [scarydevil.com]
  • I fired Shapeshifter (theme util) http://www.unsanity.com/ [unsanity.com] , got more than perfect windows XP theme by Max Rudenberg http://www.maxthemes.com/themes/?theme=Mac%20OS%20 XP [maxthemes.com] (free) and fake leopard about box http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/ 30318 [versiontracker.com] (free)

    That was a perfect plan including opening a archive.org page with Apple advertising G4 as some supercomputer. (They now say Mactel is 4x faster)

    Here is the result which I am not very proud of:
    http://img231.imageshack.us/my.php?image=faketestt [imageshack.us]
  • by tehcyder (746570) on Friday July 28, 2006 @08:48AM (#15797838) Journal
    All I got was a blank white page and a pointer with an hourglass over it.

    Personally, I prefer a slightly richer user experience.

  • by tehcyder (746570) on Friday July 28, 2006 @08:52AM (#15797870) Journal
    "Cut" added to the Finder Edit Menu on the runner up entry.

    I'm sold.

  • new window styles to a complete rethink of a window based work environment, these are sure to make any UI geek excited
    I didn't see anything very exciting. It's still all gray, all squares and rectangles. It looks the same to me! Come on, this is innovation?

    Disclaimer: I'm not an Apple user - haven't really used OSX much except for at the Apple store.
  • Why hasn't something like this been done for an interface which users can actually change (Gnome, KDE)? Not just a screenshot, but an actual new feature?

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.

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