Friday, July 6, 2012

Metro Style UI on the iPad

I am very intrigued by the new Metro design introduced by Microsoft, and I was excited to experience it on the iPad.
Track 8 is a gorgeous Metro music app with nice graphics, a clean layout, and smooth animations between menus.

Track 8 displays songs by artists, albums and playlist, and it shows best if your songs all have album artwork.

Less impressive, but still interesting, is FlickStack: a photo browsing app for Flickr and 500px photos.
The style adopted by FlickStack is a mixture between iPad and Metro style. Below an image of the home screen.

When in portrait orientation the left navigation is collapsed and the picture tabloid takes the full screen

The images of a selected stream are displayed in a even grid, which I found visually less interesting.

The same view in landscape orientation displays the navigation to all streams, compacted in a panel on the left, and the images of the screen on the right. I found this layout a little too busy and unnecessarily complex.

If you are not on a budget, you can experience, for  $25, a more complete Metro experience on your iPad by using Win8 Metro Testbed – powered by Splashtop. Win8 Metro Testbed is a simple remote desktop application, and it requires a connection to a PC installed with Windows 8 Consumer Preview.


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