Hall of shame: Nero Info Tool

Ahead, the creators of famous Nero CD/DVD-burning (and managing whatever-data-you-have-on-your-pc) software suite is responsible for very powerful (from the technology point of view) engines as well as some of the worst software UIs you may ever find out nowadays in such programs.

A wonderful example of such interfaces is their Nero Info Tool:

Nero Info Tool

Am I given some choices totweak functionality of my CD-writer? What if I click Supported Features>CD-R? Nothing happens… Just because these checkboxes are not really checkboxes and are… simple indicators for displaying “capable”/”not capable” states.

Even without discussing overall tool’s GUI I must add that such “functionality ” is becoming dangeroussly popular among over developers. Here’s a sample from another CD-burning suite:

Another CD-burning software

Same problems witch checkboxes…

This is doubtly a behavior Microsoft implyes under common checkbox usage. And even if some of you might argue that users are not that stupid I should add that enabled checkboxes by their definition imply interaction. Disabling them might partitially solve the problem and shift it from the “itiotic solution” to the “ugly solution” field.

btw, you might have also noticed an additional quit button in Nero Info Tool as well.


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