Maemo UI improvements blog.

March 24, 2009

Step Up

Filed under: Released software — Tags: , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 00:54

Hello everybody.

Since our OMWeather team hardly working on Maemo 5 version, I’ve finaly forced myself to learn Adobe Flash technology for better interaction between my brain and programmers :) Dynamic UI prototype can greatly increase whole team productivity: designer will see, if his idea is actually cool and tweak details without waiting for actual code to be done by coders, and programmers can see clearly what designer wants from them, not just “I want this think to ppear like “whoooosh!” and then “baaaam!” Got it?”.

So after 1 day of learning Flash and action Script 3 from ground zero, I came with this super-basic, but still pretty stuff :) Click image to see live demo.

omw5This demo represents my vision on how Maemo 5 desktop applets can behave. It’s totally fictional, since we don’t know anything bout applets (widgets) in Fremantle.

Hope you’ll like it!



  1. Nice! I hope that Maemo platform will be able to work with the same speed as the demo animation. It would make it really nice to work with

    Comment by Oskar — March 24, 2009 @ 10:39

  2. woohoo! looks awesome!
    And as Oskar said: is it possible to achieve the same speed on real device?

    Comment by Jarek — March 24, 2009 @ 11:38

  3. Well, new hardware will be totally capable to peform such animations at fullspeed.

    Comment by Andrew Zhilin — March 24, 2009 @ 13:28

  4. Looks great, the buttons used to switch days at the bottom aren’t terribly discoverable, though. I didn’t realize they were active UI items until I moused over them and saw the cursor change… which doesn’t happen during normal tablet use. They might be more obvious if they were raised or had attention to them drawn in some other way.

    Comment by Mike Lococo — March 24, 2009 @ 18:06

  5. It’s absolutely not the finished look of OMWeather :)
    It’s just the start but thanks for your feedback anyway, I’ll try to make days selector more recognizable.

    Comment by Andrew Zhilin — March 24, 2009 @ 21:18

  6. As I experience more desktop widgets and modern web tools, I’m seeing this style of summary-expanded views as very attractive.

    In some ways, your demo is similar to the kind of date/time widget that’s been a part of windowing systems for many years… widget displays the time, double-clicking can bring up a full clock and a calendar.

    I like the idea, thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Stephen Weber — March 27, 2009 @ 19:47

  7. Very nice demo; and IMO, this is how widgets on Diablo should be working and integrated now.

    I like the idea as well. About the only thing missing in your demo-view is where the menu/settings/preferences piece would be. But otherwise, this really translates well. Great work.

    Comment by ARJWright — April 6, 2009 @ 00:18

  8. Any chance in seeing a demo of this now that the Maemo 5 SDK is a bit more certain in terms of what shows? In looking at some of the supported effects with M5, it would seem that the idea of using a fade in/out transistion effect would be pretty neat. I also am just noticing how the program took the background of the desktop and just made that darker. I think that is a pretty slick solution and wonder if that could have been done on earlier versions of Maemo.

    Comment by ARJWright — May 12, 2009 @ 19:49

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