As we are working hard towards project’s vision, we are also hardly prototyping the new user interface of the Universe, and have some great news to share:
- We moved to a new zoomable multi-touch framework, the so-called “Universe UX Framework”, developed in-house. Look at how smooth it is, and how great is responsiveness of UI!
- You can add several items to Universe and they’ll build up a mountain of Data that you can easily transform into a wide area with content arranged as you wish
- You can move several items simultaneously using several fingers
- You can use pinch-n-zoom and rotate individual items; and it is up to your screen for how many such operations could be done at the same time – sky is the limit
Our new Zoomable Multi-Touch Framework is using render transforms to apply changes to visualization which makes overall user experience smooth and quite interactive. Our framework uses WPF4 and Windows 7 as a foundation, but this is just a prototype, for now.
We use concept of Data Mountain to add several items to the surface; Data Mountain idea was first introduced by my ex-manager @ MSR Mary Czerwinski and George Robertson more than a decade ago.
Here is a short video showcasing our new achievements in UI space: