Roxio Toast 6: Still doesn’t get basic UI behaviours right

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
February 8th, 2005 • 2:57 am

I find it quite astounding that Roxio Toast 6, a very mature product, still gets fundamental UI behaviours completely wrong.

For example, if you launch the application, then click on the “Data” tab, then click on the “New Disc” button to create a new disc, Toast creates a new disc called “My Disc“, selects the name of the disc and… does not make the disc name editable by default.

In order to make the disc name editable, you need to click on the already selected name once or press the Return or Enter key.

It sounds like it’s a small thing but why on earth is the disc name not automatically editable by default? Who on earth does not want to change the default “My Disc” name to something more unique?

This behaviour is so counterintuitive that, no matter how familiar I am with the program, no matter how often I use it, I always forget to press the Return or Enter key immediately after clicking on the “New Disc” button. And, inevitably, I start typing the name of the disc, and then I look up and the disc is still named “My Disc“. So I have to press Return or Enter and then type the same thing all over again.

It’s the kind of stuff that makes you wonder whether the people who designed the software actually ever use it. It’s down-right embarrassing. If I were the software engineer who designed this default behaviour, I would be ashamed.

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