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Peeking at previews in Blueprint [26122008]

I just uploaded a little Quicktime movie of a recent change to Blueprint: spring-loaded previews.

It's only a small change, but one that has been on my list since, oh, the 4th of December 2006 — when our version control system tells me I started working on the 'drafting' functionality that is at the core of Blueprint.

Formerly, you just clicked the Preview tab to check your changes before saving them. The preview would pop up in the same grey frame you see in the movie. The recent change was to animate the transition — and to allow you to "pull" on the tab to "peek" at the preview.

Like I said, it's a small change, and you could argue it's mere eye candy. But it has stayed on my list of things to do because exactly these sorts of user interactions give an interface its handling — the sense that you're steering it, rather than poking at it. From this, the people using the system develop a confidence and an instinct.

Anonymous [Tue 29 Sep 2009, 1:46PM] said:

The http://pockets.josephpearson.org/abc7/bp_sprung_preview.mov link just prints the file to screen -

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Maybe you should take the time to embed it in a basic page?

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