Originally Posted by userone
BTW does anyone remember the "Architect/NotePad" UI Scheme developed by Apple JAPAN?
Yes, I loved that theme. I used it for months, until I became irritated with all the inconsistencies and incompatibilities that all themes had, but which were particularly bad when Platinum got mixed in with such a spare and organic look.
After that I gave up on themes altogether.
I think the move to this "marble" UI is a no-brainer. Not that it's so much better--as long as the UI is clear and consistent, I'm basically happy with it--but if you look at the iPhone and the iPod touch and the iMac and the new laptops, that's Apple's new design language. Of course they'll use it in their OS, just as surely as they used a bright and colorful theme with striped white backgrounds when they had bright and colorful machines with striped white faces. Then, they emphasized transparency because their hardware did. Now, they emphasize translucency and reflectivity because their hardware does.
It's really not that hard to adjust your UI when Apple does this, unless you're a Carbon developer. But if you're a Carbon developer you're already figuring out how to transition away, because Apple has long since made noises about how it's going away (really, being folded or re-engineered into Core and integrated into the Cocoa class libraries). Yeah, it's a little extra work, but you're going to do a little testing and polishing to make sure your app runs well in the new system anyway, right?