Some people believe that Web GUI operations cannot even remotely match those available on the desktop – be that Windows 7 with its Aero goodies or Apple Snow Leopard with its refined look and often copied navigational features. I would beg to differ. Desktop GUI is playing catch up to mobile and the Web. Gestures were first delivered via Opera browser on its UI. Multi-touch has been a mobile phone innovation. And with RIA apps powered by DHTML and/or Flash, Web 2.0 GUI is now as good as if not better than Desktop GUIs. Let me show you a live PDF on the Web – kick the tires, click a button or two:
Here is another example. Now just below is a screenshot of a Windows desktop displaying the same PDF in the desktop Acrobat 8.10 reader using the default features:
Now what Issuu.com has done in refining PDF’s presentation on the Web is very much similar to what Microsoft Bing is doing to Google search [in a bit of irony given Microsoft’s pillaging of Web standards] – Issuu has bested desktop Acrobat on the presentation side with nicer navigational and control features.
Well you say, take a look at Acrobat.com and note what Adobe has made available there. Well here is a screen shot of the same PDF at Acrobat.com: