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Google search with an OS X look

My favorite Search Engine dressed up as my favorite OS

     
4:35 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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[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]

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

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Heh! That looks very cool!
6:18 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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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)!

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<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 ;-)

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

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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.

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

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gone? boston, usa...

The requested URL was not found on this server.
8:34 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Anyone take a screenshot?
8:38 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Look in Google News for "Google X", some sites have screenshots.
9:23 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Anyone know/heard why it's gone, or if it will return?
9:49 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It was returning relevant results...

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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]

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

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Working copy here [ed.agadak.net]

simple idea yet really cool

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Excatly, that's why they created all this fuss to see what users will say ;)
2:18 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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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.

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

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Somtimes a word is worth a thousand pictures.

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

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

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

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It could be done almost completely with CSS. Tricky but possible.
It's archived all over the web if anyone wants to dissect it.
7:47 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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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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