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LCARS Desktop 01 of 06 by aelfwine777 LCARS Desktop 01 of 06 by aelfwine777

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This is a work still in progress.  I made this interface using Lighttek's Talisiman program, and actually use it instead of the Windows Desktop.  I wanted to experiment with an LCARS interface that didn't pretend to be a starship's interface.  I didn't want to make an interface that simply re-interpreted Trek themes on my computer for "fans," but wanted instead to use LCARS functinality in actual, real-life computer tasks on my computer. 

This picture is the first of six proposed desktop interfaces: if you look at the upper right-hand corner, I will be making five more (one screen in the same minimalistic ęsthetic as this one): one for COMM (communication apps: internet, email apps, network settings, etc.), DEV (device objects and settings for my computer and any network it may ever be connected to), INTF (interface applications and modification methods/functions), SEC (security applications and settings), and SYS (system applications and settings--including Windows system apps and things I have purchased and downloaded over the years).  This is what the APPS button would show when pressed, and would always be the default screen.  I have been using this interface for many months now, and have only modified the design a couple of times, both involving only minor changes, so it is a very efficient design.

Here's a brief description of how it works.

The top APPLICATIONS section contains colour-coded Application suites: each button for a given program in the suite.  The lower section of oddly coloured buttons are smaller applications. For example: FFOX is FireFox and CMAP is Character Map.  In all areas, the fat and thin buttons in the frame sections toggle between more programs the areas to the right.  "Mode Select" provides the option of returning to the Windows Desktop (requiring a reboot).  The thin button under that opens Windows Control Panel.  "Shutdown" pops up a Talisman list showing all the shutdown options: Shutdown, Hibernate, Restart, Log Off. 

FILE SYSTEM allows immediate (one click) access to important folders without the necessity of click, click, clicking on branches in Explorer.  The light blue column is at the root or are important beginning branch folders near the root.  The darker blue folders are usually head folders holding important subfolder branches (not nearly all of them).  The buttons with curved ends are either important head folders under other head folders, also with subfolders under them, or else are endpoint folders in a branch, or are just important folders that are buried.  The numbers on the right are important files (that really have text-based filenames) I want to open with one click.  Yes: I have developed a classification system for all library subjects, computer file kinds (executable, data, text, numeric etc.), and two-digit phonetic system.

The little icons in the lower off-center area are Talisman's System Tray and Taskbar tool: I will be changing this as soon as I can find a way for a flash animation to recognize what is running, convert the names of the running programs to my two-digit phonetic system, and it will appear in the upper left hand blank area.  I want to make the number strings clickable: so that if a program or file is open but minimized, clicking on it would maximize it--yes, this list would be scrolling slowly (upwards) and the buttons to the left would toggle the thing from numbers to the letters of the program filenames that are currently running.

The blank area in the upper right area will show popups detailing the functionality of any program or interface feature the user hovers the cursor over: the control to toggle this feature on and off is the long purple button over frame above the words "File System."

My user-name (not Windows) is in the upper left hand corner.  The numbers at the top right represent the date and time in near Star Trek fashion, except that I use a very old calendar (the one King Aelfred had used for the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle): until 25 March 2014, the current year is 7207.  I use military time.  This graphic was created months ago.

The numbers in the lower right hand corner are an imaginary Federation service number: clicking on them would open a personal log session, utilizing Nuance's DragonNaturallySpeaking for voice input.

I would appreciate your comments!
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