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Mac OS - Snow Leopard vs Windows Seven Icons
The new Windows 7 icons were introduced with Vista and many carry over to Windows seven. On the other hand Mac OS ten has some icons that are very clear like the internal drive while on Vista and Windows 7 looks more like an external drive.
When it comes to beauty and form, both the Mac OS and Windows seven icons are running neck in neck. If you check them side-by-side, there are some differences of note, but the styles of the icons are both pretty and obviously convey a message of what they signify. Some of the key differences between the two start if you glance at the folder icons. While they both use folder shapes, Windows 7 sticks with the more standard yellow color which is closer to their real-world counterparts. Mac OS elects to employ a dotted blue color which more looks like a recycled paper than standard file folder. This change happened in Leopard and was had a meeting with some feedback.
Folder types are also different from Windows 7 icons to Mac OS X with the second embossing an image on the icon and the previous choosing an emblem sticking out of the folder. This sticking out blob of the side of the folder makes it more troublesome to see what the folder means like it probably did in the days before Leopard which was essentially better to tell one from the other.
The new Windows 7 icons were introduced with Vista and many carry over to Windows 7. On the other hand Mac OS 10 has some icons that are awfully clear like the internal drive while on Vista and Windows 7 looks more like an external drive. Windows doesn't get rid of its older icons either. If you look in the icons, you'll still see stuff like the 3.5 and 5.25 floppy disk. Some differences with the trash bin is that on the Mac it looks expanded when full.
Windows seven has continued the glass-like style which it debuted in Windows Vista, there also are several icons that have a newer style that steps away from the glassy look. One of them is Wordpad which in Windows seven follows a very different style. Also in Mac OS X, the TextEdit icon has text which ran in the'Think Different' television adverts which Apple did in the latter 90s. There are many more icons that have this playful touch than in Windows which has been known to present business like, practical icons which have carried over into Windows 7. Mac OS icons are known to have a more creative bent.
This, naturally, is directly tied to the branding of each operating system : Windows is business-oriented and Mac OS is more artistically driven and private. While this isn't engraved in granite, it is something that has been long known in the industry. The practical approach to icons is more clear in both systems System Preferences and Control Panel sections. The icons on both systems obviously convey their meaning without any room for misunderstanding. These two sets of icons while interesting serve that purpose. Hopefully, the way icons are rendered in Windows 7 will change with the following upgrade. They're now in .ico format which isn't the easiest to handle inside .exe and .dll files.
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