Oh God They Uglified My Application!
by Tom Bridge
Today's unfortunate victim of a poorly-thought-out interface "upgrade" was FirstClass, which upgraded to 8.1 today. FirstClass is a great piece of groupware, but the development of the Mac client has always lagged behind its PC counterpart. Today, it received some much needed upgrades including anti-aliased text, better voicemail handling and a few improvements to the admin interface. But, in the midst of those changes came some unwelcome additions and slowdowns in the application, and now I'm faced with a client that doesn't even work at all.
Sure, it's easy to back up to an earlier version, but there's nothing more disappointing than a failed update.
|Wasn't FirstClass first a Mac app? I remember using it many, many years ago from the pre-www days, when it was running dialup BBSs.|
|Well to be fair, FirstClass hasn't always been behind its PC counterpart, since it did come out for the Mac first.|
Mac first, Mac best
Windows first, Windows worst
|Err... I don't remember a time when FirstClass didn't have an ugly, poorly-thought-out user interface. I remember loathing it on BBSes years ago. Seems like it went out of its way to ignore the Mac UI guidelines. Years later, a misguided corporation I worked for used it for intranet stuff. It sucked even worse then, cross-platform dreck with 'themable' UI: you could have ugly in color or you could have ugly in B&W.|