Sigh. Literally my one complaint about Windows 8 was the fact they forced me to get rid of my beautiful Aero glass and replaced it some extremely flat, very plain look. Flat shapes. Squares mostly. So.. what does Apple go and do? Gets rid of THEIR very detailed, graphical and elegant look and replace it with-- guess what-- MORE FLAT colors and shapes. Oh, but they have gradients.
I always hated gradients when used this way though. The same kinda gradients that's normally used in very amateurish looking UI skins or apps (a lot of the windows 8 third party apps do this too, drives me nuts). What I'm talking about is when you take a simple shape, and just floodfill a standard gradient. That's it. No contour shadowing or highlights, nothing dynamic, nothing even remotely trying to render any sort of depth. Just a gradient. Apple got rid of all the polish and is trying to copy the very move that MS made that I hated. Sure, it's colorful, but the colors used don't even work real well together and it just looks like a gradiented rainbow nightmare. There's no longer any consistency or order, just flat gradiented color chaos.
I'm completely against this trend where 'everything is flat'. I hate flat. I never wanted flat. I want my aero glass and well shaded and glossy artwork. Flat is just being lazy. Anyone can make a UI out of flood-filled rectangles and circles. A 5 year old in mspaint could do that. That's not how sloppy I want my UIs looking on every damn device I come across. I want back my elegance, but it looks like elegance is gone forever, replaced by flat flat flat. As a windows 8 user, I'm STILL waiting for a way to bring my Aero glass back (without some broken or annoying nagging software that attempts at doing so).
Now, I didn't mention Android. I personally never found Android's UI to be particularly good looking, especially since everything (especially the iconography) seemed completely inconsistent and rushed. However, even among Android devices there's an awful lot of flat showing up. Especially on the manufacturer-specific homescreen replacements, like htc sense and samsung touchwiz. Somehow, though, they manage to make it look nicer than either the Apple iOS7 or "Modern" MS offerings.
I want pretty UIs, it's a shame that I'm no longer ever going to be able to enjoy this preference anymore unless I go back to using older operating software.
I would rather user friendly UI that is clear and consice while being responsive and efficent for the purpose. I couldn't care less if it had glitter all over it too look better or not.
However, Windows 8 missed the mark still with metro for PCs and non touch laptops.
Looks like the analysts were right after all, Apple is no longer able to innovate. I never liked iOS but I was expecting some sort of evolution of the software not using WP styling or WebOS features.
Why? Why does it have to be ugly in order for it to also be functional and responsive for some people?
It doesn't have to be one or the other, why can't we just have both? I still wish Windows 8 gave me the option to have it look like Aero glass. But no, they took it away from me. Just like those people who went apple, went for a simplistic interface that also looked elegant and realistic. Woops, Apple is gonna take half of that equation away from those people too. Taking away the pretty leaving only the function, when at least half of us in this world like the pretty too! =|
As s photographer using a 36.3 mega pixel DSLR camera I can tell you it's not necessarily about printing larger than life prints but also about editing/cropping the image without losing image quality.
Yeah, lower pixel cameras will do you well, but with larger mega pixel cameras, you just have more options during post processing/editing/cropping phase.
Sorry for the interruption.
I just hate that I no longer have aero glass borders to go so wonderfully with my own photo wallpapers now.
I've read a lot about having more power than you need to drive speakers. Having a low wattage amp and cranking up the output to barely be able to drive speakers is bad for the speakers and sound quality. Having a high power (true high power, not peak high power) and keeping it at mid output levels should result in better quality sound.
+1 for Marantz. I've had mine for a few years now and I love it. Home Blu-Ray and True-HD or DTS Master are as good as going to the movie theaters. http://us.marantz.com/DocumentMaster..._finalb_sm.pdf
That was a rhetorical question.
It was in response to pparks earlier: