Friday, August 26, 2011

Windows 8 - File Name Conflict Dialog

The Windows 8 team release some video and information about the new and improved copy process in Windows 8. It is really a nice improvement from Windows 7. However not good enough to kill Multi Commander, It will still be needed if you want full control of your files.

A lot of the comments in the Windows 8 file copy post was about the file name conflict dialog.
And today they released a new post ( Designing the Windows 8 file name collision experience ) where they talk about the design decision behind that dialog. It is a simple dialog but it is not an easy task to get it right.

I have some experience with this my self. I been working on a redesign of the file name conflict dialog for Multi Commander, and it is not easy. There should be enough important information so the user can make a good decision. But to much information will make the dialog hard to read. To little and the user might not know what file to keep/overwrite. It hard to make a good balanced decision here.

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