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    Examples of a great GUI

    Instead of arguing about CLI vs. GUI, let's talk about examples of great GUIs.

    I think a decent GUI allows you to do basic tasks with one or two intuitive gestures or clicks. Moving a file to the desktop with a click and drag, for example. A great GUI, on the other hand, allows you to access, say, 90% of a program's features and options in the same way: intuitively and with a few gestures or clicks. Obviously, this will be easier with more simple programs.

    I think Firefox is an example of a good GUI (though not great). Nearly everything is fairly easy to access, use, and customize. I think a browser is a bad example, however, since so much of what it does depends on the sites you visit, not the browser itself.

    I think Photoshop is an example of a good GUI on a very complex piece of software.

    Still, I am not sure I can come up with an example of a great GUI. Nothing on my system seems to qualify, anyway.

    What programs would you say showcase the best GUIs?
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    Re: Examples of a great GUI

    I think opera has a very good gui. Everything is available and if you learn the mouse gestures you can get most things done really fast and easy.
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    Re: Examples of a great GUI

    I would say thunar has a good GUI. Maybe not a great GUI. But definately easy to use and simple enough

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    Re: Examples of a great GUI

    I'd say that a couple of my favorites are amaroK and Krusader, both of which are incredibly powerful and versatile, but there's a learning curve with both.
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    Re: Examples of a great GUI

    Now that I think of it, iTunes has a pretty intuitive and easy-to-use GUI. There are some things--the purpose of the checkboxes next to a song is completely unclear to me--but overall very easy to use.

    Rhythmbox is similarly friendly, I think.

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    Re: Examples of a great GUI

    I like gnome-screenshot gui... lol

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    Re: Examples of a great GUI

    Quote Originally Posted by nathangrubb View Post
    I would say thunar has a good GUI. Maybe not a great GUI. But definately easy to use and simple enough
    +1 for that, i think most GUIs in XFCE are very nice to use

    nvidia-settings is 'great' cos its useful but features wise i'd probably just class it as good

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    Re: Examples of a great GUI

    A great Gui is one that has all the features of the Cl interface.

    I took me for ever to find one for mplayer, but smplayer has all but one feature (ascii video) and that feature I haven't ever used since it is kind of pointless.
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    Re: Examples of a great GUI

    I think Epiphany's URL bar is an example of a great GUI. I searches your history, bookmarks and allows you to do searches. After using Epiphany, Firefox's separate search bar seems unnecessary.

    I'm not saying all of Epiphany's GUI is great, just this unique part of it (though it will be less unique once Firefox 3 is out, I guess).

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    Re: Examples of a great GUI

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarath View Post
    +1 for that, i think most GUIs in XFCE are very nice to use

    nvidia-settings is 'great' cos its useful but features wise i'd probably just class it as good
    well I don't even use XFCE actually

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