Creating the Perfect Media Player in Java - Part 1
Not a title that is easy to live up to… Well, at least I am going to try. If you are interested I invite you to tag along for the ride. It is going to be some technical stuff, in Java mostly, and some design related stuff. Lets get right to it why don’t we?
What I’m creating is a Medial Player that will actually help you when listening to music, looking at pictures or watching movies. The goal is that anyone should be able to use it, even your mother, and her mother. And it should look darn good too. In all it should look better than iTunes, be more versatile than WinAmp and at least play all files that your OS plays (but probably more). As I said, not an easy task..
Design. Very Light. I like light designs. Vista black is nice too, but it’s to high in contrast for my taste. Light it is. I do have something of a blueprint in my head and I have just finished some preliminary GUI design using Adobe Fireworks.
Here is a screenshot of a first take and the main view shown when the player is in “full mode”.
I am not a big fan of menus. They are a scrap heap where you put stuff you didn’t think of putting in the GUI. Therefore one of the main goals, of which there will be many, trust me, is to create a UI where you can reach all functionality directly. WYSIWYG UI…
Next, I will add something sliding in from the side…
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