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Google search with an OS X look
My favorite Search Engine dressed up as my favorite OS
solly




msg:978331
 4:35 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

[labs.google.com...]
macworld.com [macworld.com]
[insanely-great.com...]

Google X replaces the text-link categories above the search bar on the company's standard homepage with icons that magnify and display their name when moused over like application icons do in OS X' Dock.

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 5:44 pm (utc) on Mar. 16, 2005]
[edit reason] added link and quote. [/edit]

 

moltar




msg:978332
 5:24 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

Heh! That looks very cool!

davec




msg:978333
 6:18 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm sure it does look cool, but rather ironically for me only the first one is loading at the moment (it's a magnifying glass)!

d

<edit - added>

Every time I refresh a couple of times another one downloads, maybe it's a sneaky way for google to increase page impressions ;-)

garyr_h




msg:978334
 7:05 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

The froogle and local hover images are the exact same for me... the clock. Interesting.

I don't really like the look of this anyways, but I'm sure it's part of the future google as they are getting bigger and bigger.

ncreegan




msg:978335
 8:30 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

gone? boston, usa...

The requested URL was not found on this server.

moheybee




msg:978336
 8:34 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

Anyone take a screenshot?

moltar




msg:978337
 8:38 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

Look in Google News for "Google X", some sites have screenshots.

ChrisCBA




msg:978338
 9:23 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

Anyone know/heard why it's gone, or if it will return?

akmac




msg:978339
 9:49 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

It was returning relevant results...

Just kidding. I don't know why it's gone, but I hope it comes back.

gethan




msg:978340
 9:56 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

Probably didn't get permission from Apple to duplicate their look and feel... they are very fond of lawyers at the moment. (When is a journalist not a journalist? when apple takes them to court)

AbsintheSyringe




msg:978341
 4:16 am on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Same thing for me: The requested URL was not found on this server.

Probably didn't get permission from Apple to duplicate their look and feel...

Well if this is the deal here, this i just gay.

AkGuy




msg:978342
 7:40 am on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Leave it to bloggers ;)
Found some screenshots on this Blog [flickr.com] and also here [technorati.com].
Strange Google would capture an OSX feel when they show no love to the Mac community. Look forward to learning more about why it was removed.

Side note: If this link gets removed, sticky me and I can pass it on.

[edited for url correction]

papamaku




msg:978343
 9:34 am on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Working copy here [ed.agadak.net]

simple idea yet really cool

Liane




msg:978344
 11:53 am on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Docks are great, but on Google it looks cluttered and cheesey. The images are too cartoonish and too big. If they absolutely have to keep the dock, it should go below the search box ... IMHO.

AbsintheSyringe




msg:978345
 12:15 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

What I think is behind all this is that, Google will definetely change their UI, but since they have been known for their famous interface since 98 (hence the lil changes) they wont change it right away.

They want to see how people react to it, do people like or not, they even announced GoogleX and then removed it, you know it's additional raise of fuss over nothing. So if you havent seen it, you'll read about it and etc...

It's amazing how good their strategy is, and making sure they dont make any mistakes.

hannamyluv




msg:978346
 1:31 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

I think the pics would be a very, very bad idea. Pictorial navigation is always a bad idea as people can't always traslate pictures to the correct words. Yeah, yeah, you can scroll over the pics to read the words, but one more step for users means they take one more step towards going somewhere else.

AbsintheSyringe




msg:978347
 2:12 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Excatly, that's why they created all this fuss to see what users will say ;)

atadams




msg:978348
 2:18 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

I think the pics would be a very, very bad idea. Pictorial navigation is always a bad idea as people can't always traslate pictures to the correct words. Yeah, yeah, you can scroll over the pics to read the words, but one more step for users means they take one more step towards going somewhere else.

Somtimes a word is worth a thousand pictures.

hannamyluv




msg:978349
 2:28 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Somtimes a word is worth a thousand pictures.

Which is something far too often not understood on the web.

Brett_Tabke




msg:978350
 3:19 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

although I genuinely loath javascript rollovers, I must admit, the Googlex experiment was something I might enjoy using. It was cute in a non-invasive way.

amznVibe




msg:978351
 3:35 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

It could be done almost completely with CSS. Tricky but possible.
It's archived all over the web if anyone wants to dissect it.

whoisgregg




msg:978352
 7:47 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

CSS can do some of it but it really needs javascript. This thread [webmasterworld.com] discusses the javascript needed to duplicate the OS X dock effect. Not the complete implementation that Google has, but a useful discussion to learn more about it.

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