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    Application that looks like iphone/ipad

    Just curious if anyone out there knew of any applications for the osx that give you the look of an iphone or ipad type feel that had a browser, itunes or any music/video player incorporated, i thought i remembered seeing something similar to this but cant for the life of me find it.

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    You did see it, but it was in the RR forum. There's an iPhone themed front end over there for Windows computers.

    ICE3 rolls the screens a little bit like coverflow and it has a coverflow style album list.

    Frankly while it looks good, the iPhone theme doesn't translate as well as you think to practical reality. Too much eye-hand coordination needed while driving.
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    Thanks for the reply, i knew i saw it on here somewhere, i do see how it wouldnt probably be the best choice considering all of the hand movements and fancy motions but at least for me im more of a pick playlist and drive kind of guy and for now i mostly just leave itunes playing with the visualizer, but im still just looking for the best way to suit my in car needs since im pretty new in the carpc scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    Frankly while it looks good, the iPhone theme doesn't translate as well as you think to practical reality. Too much eye-hand coordination needed while driving.
    This is because you are using an mouse/wheel/keyboard for input right? It seems like it would work well with a touch screen solution?

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    Touch(hand)screen(eye)

    You can use most of the controls in a car without having to look at them or for them. Wipers, indicators, heat, etc. Being able to diffrentiate between what button is "play" and what button is "next" without taking your eyes off the road is the best solution. With a touchscreen you recieve absolutely no information what so ever, unless you look at the screen.

    My favourite (for level indication) is the old, shaped bakelite analogue potmeter/attenuators (preferrably with an integrated on/off-switch on the volume control). Unbeatable ergonomics and useability. The one on the bottom left you'd still be able to use even if you were blind. Illustration photo only, they dont have to be ugly


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    Quote Originally Posted by MitchMcCann View Post
    This is because you are using an mouse/wheel/keyboard for input right? It seems like it would work well with a touch screen solution?
    No. The iPhone screen LOOKS like a good idea for a car because it is so easy to use. What you find out is that in order to use it, you have to have a great deal of hand/eye coordination which requires you to take your eyes off the road and get your finger to touch the right spot.

    This is easy when looking at the iPhone. It is very difficult when driving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ePiFaNT View Post
    Touch(hand)screen(eye)

    You can use most of the controls in a car without having to look at them or for them. Wipers, indicators, heat, etc. Being able to diffrentiate between what button is "play" and what button is "next" without taking your eyes off the road is the best solution. With a touchscreen you recieve absolutely no information what so ever, unless you look at the screen.

    My favourite (for level indication) is the old, shaped bakelite analogue potmeter/attenuators (preferrably with an integrated on/off-switch on the volume control). Unbeatable ergonomics and useability. The one on the bottom left you'd still be able to use even if you were blind. Illustration photo only, they dont have to be ugly
    Which is why we use gesture based touchscreen control which is less distracting then traditional touchscreen use or hard buttons. You only have a 7-9" screen to hit instead of a 1" hard button or a 1/2" icon on a screen.

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