Having designed a few programs now i have been considering what is the maximum frame size one should aim to produce at start up.
If your making a small interface which only needs a small frame then if users want to enlarge it, it can be easily done and won't really have a great detrimental impact on presentation or usability . But if you make a large interface which needs a large frame then it could be too big for certain users screens. You can solve this to some degree with scroll bars but in many cases it is best to have all the information on screen at the same time rather than scrolling back and forth and would be better to design the interface with that in mind in the first place, even if it means redesigning the interface so it fits better.
So as a general rule what would be the maximum size you would design a frame to be?
The smallest screen going is likely to be 800×480 px, so aim for slightly smaller than that. That is what you get on a tablet; I looked on the dabs site and this one seemed to be low‑end. Obviously you would need smaller displays if you are putting your app onto phones.
posted 8 years ago
This discussion will probably fit better on our GUIs forum.