Friday, July 01, 2005
This week, I have been working on a Windows version of Bee Docs Timeline. Today I laid out most of the user interface elements and created toolbar icons that are appropriate for Windows. This is the instant gratification part of programming as you can get something that looks like a fairly complete program with a day or two of work. Here is a screenshot of the user interface so far:
For the sake of comparison, here is the Mac version. They are pretty similar except for the toolbar icons and option drawer. You can click on either screenshot for a larger version. By the way, the toolbar icons for the Mac version of Bee Docs’ Timeline are courtesy of Seattle’s Mac hero, Mike Matas.
I’m predicting that most of my code for drawing the timelines will be fairly easy to port to Windows. After all drawing a line from point A to point B is a pretty similar operation on any platform. Therefor, I am going to save that part to the end. Next, I am going to work on printing, page size control, saving and loading data, etc… After all that is working, I will write the code to actually draw the timelines.