Chapter 2

Laying Out the User Interface

The appearance of an application often conveys an indelible first impression on users' minds, whether positive or negative, that strongly influences whether the application becomes a hit or simply moves to the virtual trash. Providing an attractive and usable interface remains one of the hallmarks of top applications.

Mac OS X offers an array of user interface widgets that, when intelligently stitched together, fuse to provide stunning and useful interfaces. In this chapter, we explore some of these widgets and how to incorporate them into the Graphique application. The widgets we explore include the following:

  • Labels, which display static text
  • Text fields, which allow users to enter text
  • Buttons, used ...

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