Google pays homage to OS X

Google pays homage to OS X

Summary: If imitiation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the folks at Apple should be feeling pretty flattered now that Google is sprinkling some of its love on one of the trademark features of the OS X operating system: its Dock. To Windows users that have never seen an OS X Dock, it's sort of like the tray in Windows, but a heck of a lot more fun.

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If imitiation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the folks at Apple should be feeling pretty flattered now that Google is sprinkling some of its love on one of the trademark features of the OS X operating system: its Dock. To Windows users that have never seen an OS X Dock, it's sort of like the tray in Windows, but a heck of a lot more fun. Now, thanks to Google, which has taken the UI behavior of Apple's Dock concept and applied it to some of the services available through Google's More, more, more page, users can get a better idea of how the Dock works. Under the demonstration, which is coming from Google's labs, is the following text:

"Roses are red. Violets are blue. OS X rocks. Homage to you."

Update: Apparently, Google's homage to OS X is something the company didn't want us to see. The link has been deactivated. I searched Google in hopes of finding a cached instance of the page (I knew I should have taken that screen shot. If you have one, please send it to me and I'll post it here). What I did find however, under "Googlex," is a petition from OS X users demanding a Google toolbar for OS X. "It's not fair that Windows users get one.." says the plea.

Another update: Here's the screen shot.
GoogleX

Topic: Operating Systems

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  • Ah yes, the dock. What does an Apple UI expert say about the dock?

    The dock is one of those cutsey things that looks cool until you actually try living with it every day. Google mimicking an annoying, poorly-designed (from a UI perspective) feature is a terrible way to pay homage to OS X.

    Check out this article by Bruce Tognazzini, who worked at Apple for 14 years and was the founder of Apple's Human Interface Group.

    "Top Nine Reasons the Apple Dock Still Sucks"
    http://www.asktog.com/columns/044top10docksucks.html
    PB_z
    • I've never understood...

      ... why Apple are thought to be so good at user interaction
      design, when their products are so rife with examples of bad
      user interaction design. I haven't been using OS X for very long,
      but I've been using Macs off and on since '88, and in that time,
      I've seen their UI design improve, reach a stable state in the
      mid-'90s or so, then degrade rapidly with their refusal to
      understand the significance of large monitors and the
      subsequent introduction of OS X.

      The most egregious failure in apple's UI design is their slavish
      insistence on pinning the application menu to the top of the
      screen. Virtually every other windowing environment I can think
      of that works in a large screen space puts the application's
      menus on the active application window. The Mac UI sticks with
      screen-top because that's the Apple Way, not because it's a
      good way. On a 9-inch screen, it was great; on a 19-inch screen,
      it sucks. Their failure -- really, refusal -- to understand that can
      only be understood as another example of their obsession with
      Think[ing] Different[ly].

      The dock sucks, mostly; what's really annoying about it is, as
      Tognazzini points out, they have so many examples of better
      implementations to copy -- er, borrow from. And aside from the
      Apple aftermarket, there are some great examples on Unix. Look
      at Motif. (Please!) Look at the old OS/2 taskbar -- it had all the
      attributes Tog is asking for.

      And what's most annoying of all is that it's not rocket science to
      add this stuff.

      Maybe we'll finally see the dock have some real capability in
      10.4, but for now, one of the big disappointments for me in
      switching from Win2K has been the degradation in my ability to
      control my own environment. And, frankly, in usability.
      escoles@...
  • http://ablaze.fr/GoogleX.htm (cache !!)

    Hi,
    I mirrored Google X for all those who'd like to try it out or just keep on using it.

    http://ablaze.fr/GoogleX.htm

    Enjoy...
    Ablaze.fr
    jmfrance