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Mac OS X Native GUI

Posted: Sun, 7th May 2006, 2:50am

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TimmyD

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Anyone here annoyed with the GUI thats currently in place with EL on the Mac? For me, it's terribly slow, not particularly beautiful, and ends up using a lot more system resources than it should. Why can't the interface go native? It would be so much faster, look better, and generally work better. Thoughts on this, please.
Posted: Sun, 7th May 2006, 9:25pm

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NickD

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Definitely with you on that one, Timmy. EL is very slow and hard to use for me, probably because of the current GUI. A change would be appreciated wink
Posted: Tue, 9th May 2006, 11:39am

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Joshua Davies

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Unless I'm mistaken (looking at your profiles) it will be native on both your machines. The reason its slow is because you're using very old Mac G4s?

The programs are also pretty slow on Pentium III 800Mhz machines (about the same as your G4s) but luckily most people are using machines which are over 5 times faster than that now - either modern Pentiums, Athlons or G5s.

The only place we are not native yet is on the new Intel Macs - even in this case where the code is low level emulated it would run much faster than on an old G4 system. A very low percentage of our users are on these new Macs but we will be looking to go Intel Mac native as soon as the software is there to let us.
Posted: Wed, 10th May 2006, 12:23am

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TimmyD

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I'm talking native as in NSbutton, NSText, things of the NSObject classes. It seems as if the buttons and stuff are rendered by EL itself, when a native gui's rendering would be handled faster by windowserver. Correct me if I am completely incorrect, but be warned that right now I'm wired on quite a few pieces of Jolt gum.
Posted: Sun, 21st May 2006, 2:17am

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NickD

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I think Timmy is right, but it doesn't make a big difference to me. I'm buying an Intel iMac sometime this summer wink

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