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Frontface Touch UI for Tablet PCs

Navigating Windows with your fingertips can be frustrating, especially if you haven’t tweaked your tablet’s settings to take into account that your fingers aren’t as refined as a mouse pointer. Enter FrontFace, a custom UI for Tablet PCs with touchscreens. Frontface comes with a few touch-friendly applications, including an RSS feed reader and notification center.

Our friend Brad Linder from Liliputing wrote up a quick review of a pre-release version of Frontface and it seems he has mixed feelings about it:

But the overall UI is clean and simple, and I can see how it would make the experience of using a Windows tablet a bit more iPad-like.
What I’m still unclear on is whether people want Windows tablets to be more iPad-like…But when you force all apps to launch in full-screen mode and replace the desktop, start menu, taskbar, and other Windows UI elements, it feels a bit like you’re losing some of the customizablity that makes Windows stand out.

Frontface is not available quite yet, but you can learn more about it over at Liliputing or Mirabyte.com

Update:

A minute after I asked Sascha if he was going to publish a video about Frontface over at Netbooknews.com, I found this in my inbox:


Thanks Sascha!

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9 Comments

  1. Travis

    08/23/2010 at 8:27 am

    Video without sound = FAIL.

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    • Xavier Lanier

      08/23/2010 at 8:33 am

      yes, I agree. I checked my volume several times, unplugged my headset, etc. We’ll try to find a better demo or try it out ourselves.

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    • Nuvi

      08/23/2010 at 8:39 am

      Commenting without any constructive criticism is a big FAIL. You got the idea – Video is a WIN.

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    • Sascha

      08/23/2010 at 8:54 am

      This is video is from the developer team of mirabyte. It was taken for the developer blog. It was taken to just show some features of FrontFace. That’s the reason why it has no sound.

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      • Xavier Lanier

        08/23/2010 at 10:44 am

        I understand Sascha- it’s not released yet/officially launched, but it is a little difficult to watch any video on mute. Do you have a video of it coming on Netbooknews? If so, let us know and we’ll post it.

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        • Sascha

          08/23/2010 at 10:55 am

          Yeah I know, but the video was not made for advertising FrontFace ;-) I added a hint at the beginning of the video, so no one has to wonder why there is no sound :-D

          But thanks for your feedback, our next video will have sound :-)

          Here you are: http://www.netbooknews.com/6648/video-frontface-ui-improves-touch-on-windows-7-tablets/

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          • Xavier Lanier

            08/23/2010 at 9:56 pm

            Thx for the update Sascha- great work as always :-)

          • Sascha

            08/24/2010 at 1:31 am

            Thanks. By the way: You (news@gottabemobile.com) also got an email on Sunday/Monday with a preview version ;-) Maybe it was marked as spam?

  2. Sascha

    08/25/2010 at 1:32 pm

    Community Preview is available now: http://bit.ly/9faJw2

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