Posts Tagged ‘User Interface’


Single form or multiple dialogs?

Monday, June 11th, 2012 by Alex Riedel
In this installment of our series about user interface design for administrators we explore the transformation of a command line script to a Windows application. We start with a simple little script as shown below: It just prompts for a computer name on the command line, uses that information for WMI query and outputs the result to the console. Your existing command line scripts may just use a parameter instead of a prompt but that makes no difference for the purpose of this article. It follows, like most scripts, a basic Input-Processing-Output pattern. If you have previously used VBScript you…   More »

User interface design for administrators

Monday, June 4th, 2012 by Alex Riedel
This post is the first in a series describing some fundamental design guidelines. Software developers usually have some kind of training in designing user interfaces or they benefit from having a specially staffed department for this task. Administrator usually don’t have the time and don’t get paid to attend UI design classes or study on their own. So we thought we put a series of articles together which outline some basic good practices and teach some general rules about which control to use for what. Let’s start with the most basic controls and see what they are for:    …   More »

PrimalScript 2012: What’s new? (Part 4)

Monday, April 30th, 2012 by Alex Riedel
In the last post we completed our look at the Home tab of PrimalScript 2012's new ribbon interface. In this installment we will examine the File menu. Located to the left of the Home tab, the "File" tab doesn't reveal another ribbon tab but rather opens what is commonly called a "backstage view" This menu includes full sized views as well as regular menu topic which usually open secondary dialogs if selected. By default this view opens to the Recent file lists, which offer a new feature in 2012. Users who have used PrimalScript's start page are familiar with the…   More »

PrimalScript 2012: What’s new? (Part 3)

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 by Alex Riedel
So far we introduced you to the PrimalScript 2012 Ribbon interface and the first 4 categories in the Home tab. Today we take a closer look at the remaining 4 items.   Platform The platform selector lets you choose between 32 and 64 bit, provided you are running a 64 bit operating system. Otherwise it is quite obviously nailed to 32 bit and won't do anything. It determines the platform you want to use for executing and debugging scripts. So if you have 32 bit VBScripts and 64 bit PowerShell script, here is where you change the target.STA (Single Thread…   More »

PrimalScript 2012: What’s new? (Part 2)

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 by Alex Riedel
Last time we introduced you to the PrimalScript 2012 Ribbon interface. Today we take a closer look at the Home tab, which is the default tab visible and, if we got it right, on which you will spend most of your time. The Home tab has 8 categories. Four of those we will examine a bit closer today. Clipboard This category is a standard in virtually all Ribbon interface applications. Cut, Copy, Paste and Erase shouldn't need any explanation. The little arrow on the Copy topic gives you access to the "Append" topic which adds the current selection to the…   More »