43S Poll (yes, here is one!)

General discussion about calculators, Swiss Micros or otherwise

Which surface do you prefer?

Far left
48
92%
Left
2
4%
Right
2
4%
Far right
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 52

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Re: 43S Poll (yes, here is one!)

Post by Walter » Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:58 am

Thomas Okken wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:29 am
Walter wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:27 am
Classics, Woodstocks, and Spices all featured coloured keys ... also Voyagers and Nuts did to less extent. Just the Pioneers started with monochrome keys.
If you can see a color difference between the number keys and the other keys on the Nuts (meaning the 41 series, I assume) and the Voyagers, your eyes must be sensitive to different wavelengths than mine... :shock:
I didn't claim that. ;) But the Nut keys feature two basic colours, and the Voyager keys up to three: black, yellow, and blue. :D
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Re: 43S Poll (yes, here is one!)

Post by gmac42 » Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:40 pm

I chose the first one, too.
I don't think the white number keys look bad, but if they had the same design as the other keys, without any special highlighting, that would be fine, too.

One advantage that the bright display border on the 3rd and 4th design has, imo, is that the color indicators don't stick out as much.
For the dark display border, could you please make the color indicators next to the display more subtle? Like, half as wide, maybe?
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Re: 43S Poll (yes, here is one!)

Post by Walter » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:34 pm

gmac42 wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:40 pm
I don't think the white number keys look bad, but if they had the same design as the other keys, without any special highlighting, that would be fine, too.

One advantage that the bright display border on the 3rd and 4th design has, imo, is that the color indicators don't stick out as much.
For the dark display border, could you please make the color indicators next to the display more subtle? Like, half as wide, maybe?
Well, pixels are patient, as they say here ...
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Re: 43S Poll (yes, here is one!)

Post by gmac42 » Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:05 am

Thank you, I like this version much better!
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Re: 43S Poll (yes, here is one!)

Post by burkhard » Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:48 pm

I voted far left, but I really don't like the white keys. They are jarring and off-putting--too stark.
The narrowed-up blue/yellow bands on the side of the display (per gmac42's suggestion) is a nice improvement.

Looking forward to this becoming reality someday!

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Re: 43S Poll (yes, here is one!)

Post by Walter » Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:48 am

So, AFAICS this is what you want, what you reallly really want:
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Don't you?
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Re: 43S Poll (yes, here is one!)

Post by gmac42 » Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:40 am

<3
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Re: 43S Poll (yes, here is one!)

Post by HPMike » Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:05 pm

The last rendition looks perfect to me as well. Now it’s time to begin the actual development so that it can get to market before I meet my maker.
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Re: 43S Poll (yes, here is one!)

Post by burkhard » Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:20 pm

Yes, Walter. The most recent one you show is the best.
You are converging on the platonic ideal.

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Re: 43S Poll (yes, here is one!)

Post by rprosperi » Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:00 pm

Walter wrote:
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:48 am
So, AFAICS this is what you want, what you reallly really want:
...
Don't you?
For the upper portion, yes, exactly what I want.

But, if feasible, I do like your suggestion of having the numeric keys a different color than the other keys, just as was used for Classics, Woodstocks, Spice, etc., though most agree the originally proposed white was too jarring/high contrast. Suggest you let the above design gather approval (and/or feedback) and then submit 1 or 2 layouts with some contrasting colors for numeric keys. Perhaps the much busier than older machine layouts will preclude such a scheme looking good, but samples will verify so.

Thanks for the efforts to keep this going Walter!
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