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tspek
12-03-2009, 12:35 AM
I noticed something earlier today and thought my connection was just slow, but CNET made me go check it out a little closer. Very cool. Any idea how they implemented this?

http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-10408120-265.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

VIPStephan
12-03-2009, 12:57 AM
I don’t see this here but such functionality has become the easiest thing since JavaScript frameworks have become popular and wide spread:

http://docs.jquery.com/Events/mousemove
http://docs.jquery.com/Effects/fadeIn


Something like:


$('a').hide(); // the “a” stands for the anchors in the document, syntax is similar to CSS selectors
$('body').mousemove(function() {
$('a').fadeIn();
});


Very simple and non-tested example.

oesxyl
12-03-2009, 01:49 AM
it works here from few weeks, it's very annoying in my opinion.
I didn't notice the mouse effect only the fadein, probably because usualy I don't move the mouse. :)

best regards

seco
12-03-2009, 01:53 AM
well thats pointless, lame and not innovative at all....did they give the wheel to thier 5 year olds?

tspek
12-03-2009, 02:43 AM
Tough crowd.

It doesn't add anything to anything but I still like it.

drhowarddrfine
12-03-2009, 02:52 AM
On Google's blog, they said most people come there to do search so they gave them just the search box and, in most of their tests, users preferred it. Moving the mouse gives you everything else.

oesxyl
12-03-2009, 04:34 AM
Tough crowed.

It doesn't add anything to anything but I still like it.
this stupid fadein take about 20% of the time of the search and I use more then 5 hours a day google that means I spend one hours waiting.
Add this to another two "improvement", regional and personalized search, :)

I forget, google also have also some good news, :)
http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2009/11/10/google-search-results-about-to-get-a-dose-of-caffeine-0

best regards

drhowarddrfine
12-03-2009, 05:02 AM
this stupid fadein take about 20% of the time of the search and I use more then 5 hours a day google that means I spend one hours waiting.
Why are you waiting for the fade in? It's not for you if you're only there to search.

oesxyl
12-03-2009, 08:36 AM
Why are you waiting for the fade in? It's not for you if you're only there to search.
I don't wait but I can't use it either until it finish, because it lose few chars from what I type. I guess that doesn't matter::


Internally, a large number of Google employees have been using the new homepage. They have come to really like it — it represents our focus on great search yet helps searchers efficiently access all of Google's products. Like the new supersized search box we launched several months ago, this change is one that is very noticeable at first, and then quickly becomes second nature. We hope you like it!

Posted by Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Products and User Experience, Kris Hom, Software Engineer, and Jon Wiley, User Experience Designer
they already decided what's best for me, :), seco is right, :)

best regards

drhowarddrfine
12-03-2009, 12:58 PM
I don't wait but I can't use it either until it finish, because it lose few chars from what I type.

There's something else wrong then cause that's not how it works and I don't see that problem.

Fumigator
12-03-2009, 04:05 PM
It strikes me as bizzare. Are there too many Google employees or something?

In the biz we call this fluffery... recently I've also heard the term "gold plating"... adding features to applications that don't enhance productivity; it's what coders do when they've done everything there is to do but there is still 3 hours left in the day.

TheShaner
12-04-2009, 02:40 PM
It doesn't add anything to anything but I still like it.


On Google's blog, they said most people come there to do search so they gave them just the search box and, in most of their tests, users preferred it. Moving the mouse gives you everything else.
Honestly, I don't understand what there is to prefer or even like. With the links, the search box is still there, readable, usable, and recognizable to all. The style of the page has always been minimalistic, so it's not as if they're really removing useless clutter. When I'm navigating to websites, searching, and doing other things on my computer, rarely is my mouse stagnant. It's a stylistic change that does not really enhance the user experience. To me, it's just added fluff. I neither like or dislike it.


Why are you waiting for the fade in? It's not for you if you're only there to search.
Load up Google, begin typing, and move your mouse while typing. There is a slight hiccup in the flow, at least on my work box. I'm guessing that this hiccup could be greater if your browser is already eating up CPU time for other intensive pages (Flash games?). But then the question is, why would anyone be moving their mouse while they type? Haha.

I've tried reproducing the slight stall in typing while it fades in, but I haven't been able to reproduce the first test. So I'm equally as stumped to what you're experiencing, oesxyl.

-Shane

Apostropartheid
12-04-2009, 04:48 PM
I like it. The point is the emphasis on the search. If you need the other stuff on the homepage, it's there. No idea what's happening to you, oesxyl; have you tried cache clearing?

oesxyl
12-04-2009, 07:01 PM
I like it. The point is the emphasis on the search. If you need the other stuff on the homepage, it's there. No idea what's happening to you, oesxyl; have you tried cache clearing?
there is not a cache problem, poor implementation as usual, :)
they call focus after all that garbage and you have no choice, you must wait, :)
this can be fixed, but the biggest problem is in management.
If somebody decide that google users need this is clear they have no idea why people use google and not yahoo or bing. Autocompleting slow down the interface but at least it add some functionality.

best regards

Deacon Frost
12-04-2009, 08:26 PM
Wait? Is this staying? Or are they going ahead with the re-design/layout they came up with a while ago?

http://gizmodo.com/5412801/how-to-try-the-new-google-search

oesxyl
12-04-2009, 09:37 PM
Wait? Is this staying? Or are they going ahead with the re-design/layout they came up with a while ago?

http://gizmodo.com/5412801/how-to-try-the-new-google-search

hm, I hope will go. About gizmo, I don't know why do you think they give up, :)
if you click on show options after a web search you will find something similar or I'm wrong? Anyways in this case you have an alternative, you can use it or not, is your choice.

best regards



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