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Why icons are still better than metro

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    Did Ms "Poach" the idea from the Kiddies section of AOL. Here's the screenshot of the comparisons of the two desktops.

    Also for desktop users the whole install process is totally hosed up on Win 8 as every wretched .EXE file seems to create its own tile whether it's the main application executable or not - leading in some cases to loads of tiles all over the place -- not even NEAR the application they are part of.

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    The resemblance is enormous.

    Although the Kids AOL has bigger text and is better readable, to compensate for the possible tile confusions.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Don't get me wrong. I love my win8 machine.

    But here's the thing. After using win8 for months now, I still have trouble recognizing certain apps right away. The reason icons work so well is it takes advantage of our in-built ability to recognize patterns. One look at an icon and we subconsciously know what it's for.

    But a bunch of squares and rectangles...
    Really! wow... this is much easier to recognize.

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    Have you considered customizing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Really! wow... this is much easier to recognize.

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    You have a point, I never saw this happen to tiles yet.

    Have you considered customizing?

    It's worth a shot, depends what program you use for this.
    Customizing takes a lot of extra time, especially for the Start Screen.

    I've customized the Start once but I just had enough after a few days and reverted back to plain old defaults. It's usable and working fine even without the extra bling.

    Any free alternatives to Decor8?
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  5. #15


    I don't understand the op? As Coke says, they all have different insignia, and even labels. How do you see a difference from "icons" to what is in the modern screen?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    It's worth a shot, depends what program you use for this.
    Customizing takes a lot of extra time, especially for the Start Screen.

    I've customized the Start once but I just had enough after a few days and reverted back to plain old defaults. It's usable and working fine even without the extra bling.

    Any free alternatives to Decor8?
    Well, Decor8 is only 5 bucks, soooo... The free Start Screen Customizer by Deviantart seems a little buggy.
    And there is no image shuffling with the Deviantart program.

    I use about 2000 wallpapers for the start screen in shuffle.
    Decor8 also can use the same wallpaper for desktop and start screen.

    It's true, customizing can take time. The free OblyTile version .9 has some interesting features.
    I would probably have to write a tutorial on how to make these tiles.
    They were created with OblyTile and Paint Shop Pro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    It's worth a shot, depends what program you use for this.
    Customizing takes a lot of extra time, especially for the Start Screen.

    I've customized the Start once but I just had enough after a few days and reverted back to plain old defaults. It's usable and working fine even without the extra bling.

    Any free alternatives to Decor8?
    Well, Decor8 is only 5 bucks, soooo... The free Start Screen Customizer by Deviantart seems a little buggy.
    And there is no image shuffling with the Deviantart program.

    I use about 2000 wallpapers for the start screen in shuffle.
    Decor8 also can use the same wallpaper for desktop and start screen.

    It's true, customizing can take time. The free OblyTile version .9 has some interesting features.
    I would probably have to write a tutorial on how to make these tiles.
    They were created with OblyTile and Paint Shop Pro.
    Great! Thanks for explaining that.
    It seems the OblyTile you've mentioned here is newer than the one I was using.

    I'm fine with no shuffle mode and I'm gonna try the Customizer a bit.

    A tutorial would be nice of course!
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  8. #18


    Metro/Modern has been around since the 50's. Nothing new. Of course "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

    I think tiles are just as easy, if not easier to decipher. It certainly more pleasant on our sight. More natural looking than man made.

    International Typographic Style - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    It's really nothing new to MS either:

    Metro (design language) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    I don't understand the op? As Coke says, they all have different insignia, and even labels. How do you see a difference from "icons" to what is in the modern screen?
    I think what the OP means is the Start Screen is too busy. You have lots of different tiles with lots of different colours, different sizes and images/text all moving around, etc. I tend to agree with him and personally prefer 'boring but functional', as opposed to 'vibrant and trendy' (however I can see why some prefer the latter). Although you can make the Start Screen less busy by making the tiles all the same size and turning live tiles off, I think the issue is app tiles lack uniformity because of all the different colours and also the icons they use are overly basic. It's hard to explain, but I know what the OP means. Maybe it's an OCD thing.

    Basically, instead of this:
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    Prefers something more basic like this:
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    Slightly OT, but the other thing to consider is that every control in every program that one may use, say Word, Photoshop, IE, has the controls/options in tabs or cascading menus, much like the traditional Windows 7 and previous desktops. For example, if you're working on a Word document and want to change anything in the document, you don't go to a full screen with all the options to select from on that one screen, you tab or tab and then go to a cascading menu. It's much easier to locate and find selections/controls under that type of interface. So why the Windows full screen start menu?
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