Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Screenshot Contest Submission

With the results of Phill Ryu's screenshot contest slowly on the horizon, I thought I'd take a second to post what I've submitted (and because I haven't updated in a good week or so).

So for my submission, I inserted the TextEdit app I conjured up a few weeks back, and I finally got around to starting my iCal/Address Book hybrid app I promised to make (and hinted at in my original screenshots). In the Safari window, I've implemented the iTunes metal color and also added in a lovely new RSS reader, and lastly, fixed the About this Mac box to say "DDR2 SDRAM":

Because of the amount of content in the image, I had to up the resolution to 2560x1600 pixels, so it's kinda hard to read since Flickr scales my screenshots; if you want, you can e-mail me if you want the full-size version or a copy of the PSD.

Enjoy, folks.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Leopard Screenshot Analysis: "Desk 2"

After what looked like an end to Leopard screenshot (and video) fakery, it appears as though it's still alive and well. Digg user "qwertymen" has posted a screenshot purporting to be Mac OS X Leopard (link), which, unlike most attempts, actually proposes new features and additions to the OS, and is somewhat different from the many photoshopped Finder and About This Mac boxes that have circled the Web for quite some time now. And while that may be enough to lead people to believe it's real, I'm almost certain it isn't. Here's a list of problems I found with the image:

- The Apple and Spotlight icons are different colors; Apple originally had them this way when testing Tiger in WWDC 2004, but changed them back to match the rest of the menu bar when it was released.
- A small strip of the menu bar is slightly brighter than the rest of the bar (look at the image from an angle to see it better).
- Is that my Desktops Switcher icon I see in the menu bar?
- All of the drop shadows in the image are at a 120 degree angle. All drop shadows in Mac OS X are at a 90 degree angle.
- The "Start Menu"'s drop shadow is nowhere near the size and blur it is in Tiger.
- The whole bottom bar looks way too Windows. There's no way Apple would put in their own versions of the Start Menu, Quick Launch and toolbar (and in their exact same places, I might add).
- The shelf that appears at the right is not rounded off on the bottom, and transparency is not used for shelves.
- Another brightness problem on the bottom bar.
- The giant "Desk 2" bezel is too large, the shadows are not right and the bezel's rounded rectangles appear to be distorted.
- Um... why the Click Wheel?
- The image quality and size is very poor; Mac OS X does not create such low quality screenshots.

So there you have it. I do give kudos to the creator for thinking of ways to improve Mac OS X, but there are too many mistakes for me to believe it's real.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Submit your screenshots

After the numerous user-submitted Leopard screenshots I've received these last couple of weeks, I've decided to make this blog open for any fake Leopard screenshots people want to share. Although there are many sites dedicated to mockups of Apple hardware, this would be exclusive for software, which as far as I know, hasn't been done yet.

But what's the criteria? Obviously, you should submit Mac OS X-related screenshots only; I won't post submissions related to another operating system. Next, make sure it's not terribly big: Blogger automatically shrinks images if they're too big, so try to keep it between 1024x768 to 1680x1050 pixels. If you can just follow these two criteria, I'll look it over, probably write back to you about it and maybe post it if it looks really good.

Anyway, you can send your screenshots at my e-mail address, trinityrubicon@gmail.com. Because of the filesize of PSDs, I would prefer a JPEG or a PNG, but anything else will work fine as long as you keep the filesizes down (1MB or less).

Sunday, July 02, 2006

TextEdit 2 screenshot

Well, here it is: TextEdit 2, TR-style:

The idea behind this new TextEdit is to make a lightweight but versatile text editor, capable performing basic word processing tasks that would be just enough for people who only need to write an essay or a letter, and don't want to fork over $150-$300 for a copy of Office.

Of course, no screenshot is perfect, so send suggestions, complaints or just general feedback at trinityrubicon@gmail.com (and if you want the PSD for it, I'll send that too).