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Hot and Normal application icon states?

Am wondering what your take is on rigging up icons in a desktop application to recognise hot states.

Icon vendors tend to sell sets made of hot, normal and disabled. Using .Net I have no use for disabled icons because by disabling the button your icon takes on the greyed out look.

I am wondering however about the hot state - when the users mouse goes over the icon. Do you wire your tool bar buttons recognise this hot state?
Monday, May 28, 2007
I do use the hot state in apps, it is almost expected in Windows apps, and it gives the user a slight "gratification" when the application reacts as they expect it to (or as they have come to expect). I imagine an "annoyance meter" that goes up as the user waits for this, waits for that, can't find this, etc... and I believe little things like that move the annoyance meter down, albeit in very small increments. Of course, as a developer, I get pissed when I am using a software that has sweet icons but is functioning like crap - makes me wish they spent more time use testing and less time screwing around with icons :)

On disabled icons - often a nicely designed normal state icon doesn't look that great when disabled - some lines are missing that make it less obvious what the icon would look like when enabled. If I find a good icon with this problem, I break out the good 'ol image editor and draw some dark grey lines!
I still code in Delphi
Tuesday, May 29, 2007

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