Originally Posted by polymnia
Let me start off by acknowledging your obviously superior thinking as evidenced by your multitude of monitors. You must truly be a UI visionary with so many displays!
I see nothing in that screenshot that backs up your point.
The only point I was trying to make was that I am perfectly capable of focussing on one single thing without having the OS hide title bars from me. I'm trying to explain the opposite point of view: what we have here is some people who find the hiding behaviour confusing, and some people who find the non-hiding behaviour cluttered.
I wasn't trying to show off about having three screens. Sorry if it came off that way. I guess maybe I should reread my posts more, to check how they sound.
I've read web pages that suck before. That page is from 2002 and really is aimed at the old Flash designs that had navigation hidden behind bullets and obscure icons sprayed out 'artistically' over a window instead of in a heirarchy. I see how you are trying to link the two design philosophies (your parenthetical "or indeed mouse at all" statement) but they are not the same. In the hypothetical QTX interface I am advocating the only time the UI disappears is when the mouse is not moved and it instantly reappears whether the Player App has focus or not which is MUCH LESS OBTUSE than anything I've ever seen on web pages that suck.
Yes, you're right, there are worse things than this interface. That's not a good argument though... just because this isn't the worst possible interface that man is able to design doesn't mean it is a good one.
I see no reason that this is an either/or problem. For the most casual of video viewing there is the new QTX with its context sensitive UI. There is Legacy QT for the more traditional UI. There is Full screen available for each and the windowed experience is the main difference. Obviously anyone doing content creation or manipulation will not want the casual interface of the QTX player. They want all the UI they can get. This will still be available from Legacy QT.
What's the big deal?
Ah, now we're getting somewhere. I was not aware that the normal Quicktime app would be continuing its life.
You know, I take it, that Quicktime X has new, modern and presumably better decoding of video. Apps that link to the Quicktime frameworks will be able to call upon the old QT or the new QTX interchangeably to get the best combination of features they need. So, what's happening:
1. Old QT Player exists still, doesn't touch the QTX framework. In this case, the problem is that I'm stuck with less good playback just because I don't like a UI choice.
2. Old QT Player exists, but can call QTX (the framework). In this case, I'm completely happy.
3. Old QT Player does not exist still, in which case I will continue to bitch about this UI decision
4. Old QT Player does not exist, but the title bar thing is a preference, along with the weird floating controls. Again, I'd be completely happy in this scenario.
I thought 3 was what was going to happen. I guess I'll find out at WWDC... maybe I can go and talk with the team who designed it. (I enjoyed bitching about Quicktime at WWDC 06 actually... i was the guy who made the case for fullscreen in QT non-pro. Got me some applause from the rest of the audience