Freedom is an awesome program, but the UI is a little ugly. I thought I'd have a go at mocking up my dream interface. It would live in the menubar, helpfully reminding you to have a break. I borrowed the dial idea from On The Job, but I don't know how well it works. Maybe a slider would work better.
Anyway, critique is most appreciated.
almost 3 years ago
I like it, maybe you could get a bit of inspiration from the dials on the iphone? (http://developer.apple.com/iphone/library/documentation/userexperience/conceptual/mobilehig/art/ui_datetimepicker.jpg) Would be cool if you could change the time with the scroll wheel on your mouse.
Ahh, that's cool :) But it makes me wonder if I'm trying to use the analogue metaphor needlessly. I mean, it works on the iPod because it's touch based, but perhaps just two text boxes would be enough?
They feel a little bit too tall to me... Can you actually put that level of custom UI in a menubar menu?
Not sure actually (I'm no programmer). I was thinking it'd be like Notify or iStat Menus. I'm not sure about how those guys did it, but maybe you could have a custom window locked underneath the menubar.
If they can, you can as well :D
Cocoa menus can use a view that can display anything a window can. So you could definitely implement something like this.
I use Freedom infrequently, but would be more likely to use it if it didn't have such an ugly UI!
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