While toying around with QuickSnapper, a web service for showing off screen shots that André has got me addicted to, I noticed something silly the designer’s probably didn’t think of when they came up with the pop-up style controls for navigating images.
Applying a paradigm that is becoming increasingly popular, QuickSnapper pops up a set of navigational controls when you hover the mouse over an image, similar to what Apple’s QuickTime and VLC use when playing video in full-screen. It’s a pretty natural way to hide visual clutter and it works pretty well… most of the time.
Today, I was browsing around QuickSnapper, clicking the “next image” button time after time, until I stumbled upon this image: a short but wide footer image. Hovering over the image still shows the navigational controls, only this time, they fall outside the image boundaries. This might not have been a problem, but in this case, leaving the image with the mouse causes the controls to disappear, making them inaccessible.
Although this could have been a minor nuisance, it actually makes it impossible to go on any further. The moral of this story: test your stuff :P In their defence, QuickSnapper is still in beta, so they’ll probably iron out these quirks before they go final.