Archive for 'Design'

At last, KeyNote done better

I need to come right out and say it: I’m pretty sure that RightNote is the better KeyNote.

After all these years I feel like the burden has passed on to someone else and I don’t have to feel guilty about not updating KeyNote anymore.

I’ve only installed the trial version and played with it a little. I am not vouching that RightNote will not fry your computer and scare off your cats. What I’m saying is that, for better or ...

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A Walt Whitman software upgrade

The original Walt Whitman wrote

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

and it’s a great quote both in and out of its original context. Who knows, maybe there’s a closet Whitman fan among the makers of CSE HTML Validator? They’ve just sent me an email asking why I did not upgrade to the latest version of the validator. Here’s a part of it (click to enlarge):

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Don’t do this, either

Started Foobar today and got this:

Foobar, indeed!

Click OK, the program shuts down. Without an internet connection you get locked out of the application. I don’t care that it’s beta; it’s not like the code became stale overnight. Warn me, inform me, by all means, but never lock me out of your software for an arbitrary reason like this. It ...

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Don’t do this.

A drop-down list to select priority from an otherwise fetching task management application. I don’t think a comment is necessary.

You have your priorities a**-backwards!

In the unlikely case the colors are throwing you off the scent, here’s the same design principle in its pure form – a list of risk levels:

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How the mighty have fallen: TuneUp Utilities 2010

How the mighty have fallen. I was in awe of TuneUp Utilities when I first found it in 2006. It looked beautiful, was packed with useful functionality, and every tool was logically placed and easy to find. I’ve upgraded almost every year since then (skipped version 2008) but sadly, I regretted every upgrade more, as the product turned out progressively worse.

The original layout was clear and logical. In version 2009 the distribution of tools was rearranged in the control center, ...

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KeyNote under new development

I am happy to announce that, as of 2009, further development of KeyNote has been taken up by Daniel Pradov, who has been releasing new versions under the name of KeyNote NF (New Features). The project page (at Google Code) is here.

Please note that I no longer maintain KeyNote. The last version I released here is the 1.6.9 update package.

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