Getting GUI With It
It's time to get gooey. Graphical user interface, that is. I'm going to show you just what Impact can do by creating an interface that's a tip-of-the-hat to Apple's iTunes. Rather than telling you to click this and type that (which can get tedious quickly), where possible I'll be providing screen shots of the settings you'll need to create something very similar to what I'm creating. The object of doing this tutorial is to show you what's possible and how to go about it, without creating an exact replica of either iTunes or my personal ode to iTunes, shown in Figure 8. Although some Mac fans and pundits alike will argue that the brushed metal look of some Apple apps is starting to get dated, it's still a cool look and pretty novel to Windows users (that's my take and I'm sticking to it). So roll up your sleeves and let's get to work.
Figure 8 The completed interface.