A great article today from Austin and Luis at MacTHEME: “The World of Candybar“.
It’s a combination review of CandyBar and interview with Cabel Sasser from Panic and Gadeon Maheux from Icon Factory:
MacThemes: Additionally, whatâ€™s your favorite new bit of â€œeye candyâ€ ?
Ged: Simply switching from one collection to another. The Core Animation cross-fade never gets old. I find myself just mousing around inside the program to see one icon fade into the other. Itâ€™s like watching a cheap version of those CGI â€œmorphsâ€. Doing an â€œArrange byâ€¦â€ and watching how the collection animates is neat too. For something fun, try arranging your entire icon library in different ways and sit back and watch the show.
MacThemes: Iâ€™ve long believed Panic applications prove the theory that Mac applications are better-designed (from a UI perspective) than Windows apps; what drives you to develop for the Mac only?
Cabel: Itâ€™s not even something we question or think about â€” it was just a no brainer. The innovation, the elegance, the lack of focus testing, the general feeling that people care about the end product, it makes us want to keep doing what we do. Itâ€™s a feedback loop of inspiration.
Itâ€™s almost impossible to feel passion about Windows as a platform. Probably like many of your readers, when I use software or applications, my brain canâ€™t help but subconsciously notice an infinite stream of little things that are weird or out of place or questionably designed that I want to fix. When I try to use Windows, this internal alarm is literally constantly firing. Every window, every dialog, every workflow, my brain trips up on 1 or 5 or 15 things that are hard to comprehend. I can barely even use Vista without wanting to wrap it up, glaze it with a delicious marinade, cook it in an oven, garnish it with a sprig of mint, and toss it out the god-forsaken window.
(And as a general warning, once you tune your brain to the UI channel, you become hopeless. I had to stop the clerk at Borderâ€™s the other day to let me take a closer look at their internal book lookup application â€” it had some of the best/worst icons Iâ€™ve ever seen, like an â€œAdd Newâ€ button that was a small crane lifting a shipping container and an even-worse rendition of the always-terrible â€œFilterâ€ icon that involved a tiny coffee maker.)
Plus, I seem to be a fan of long interviews and reviews lately.