C10. Program Layout in Mac OS X vs. Windows

timeSensor® LEGAL is an application using Multiple Document Interface (MDI). This graphical user interface allows the user to open multiple documents within the application. These documents are displayed in child windows within the parent window. The child window can be freely moved within the parent window.

Mac OS X allows the user to freely move the child windows across the desktop. The parent window has been reduced to the menu bar at the top of the display. This creates the illusion of transparency.

In Microsoft Windows child windows can only be placed within the parent window. The parent window covers the desktop. The shortcut Strg+tab allows the user to switch between different windows. By default, the parent window is opaque and covers the desktop. Alternatively, you can set the parent window to transparent. You can activate that setting by clicking on the window icon in the menu bar.