VMS UI - Light vs Dark Preferences

By Ari Erenthal, Published Jun 16, 2017, 08:59am EDT (Info+)

Several VMS manufacturers have the ability to choose a user interface with either a light or dark color theme. 150+ integrators told us which they preferred, and why. 

Inside, we examine the reasons integrators choose light or dark user interfaces. 

***** **** *********** ********* * **** ***** **** any ***** ******, * ******** ** integrators ****** ****** * ***** ***** or **** ** **********. 

  • *********** *** ****** **** ****** **** us **** ** ******* *** ****** and ***** ** ****** ** ***** on *** *****.
  • *********** *** ****** ***** ****** **** us **** ** ***** ****** *** that ** ***** ***** ****** ** read.
  • *********** **** ** ********** **** ** that **** ***** *** ****** ** to *** *** ****. 

Dark - ******* *** ******

** ***, *** **** ****** ****** integrators ***** * **** ***** ** to ****** **** *** ****** ** low ***** ************. 

  • "**** **** *********. ** ** **** comfortable *** **** ** *** ***** long ****."
  • "* ****** * **** *** **** interface ** * ***** ***** ** feel **** ********* ** *** ****. That **** * **** ********* *** make *** ****** **** ******."
  • "**** - *** ***** ******* ** video ****** ********, * ***** **** a **** ********* ** ****** ** the **** *** ******** ******* ** time *** ****** *** **** ** focus ** *** ******** ** *** stand *** ** ******* ** * white *******."
  • "****, * ***** ** ******** * better ******** ** *** *****. ***** is **** ******** ** *** ****, but * ***** *** ****** **'* easier ** **** ***** **** ****."
  • "**** - * **** "*****" ** my ********* ****** ******, ****** ** the ****."
  • "**** ** ********** **** ******** ** the ****. * ***** * ****** interface ***** ** ********** ** * 24/7 ********** ********* ******* * ******* one ***** ** ********** ** * situation ***** *** *** ** **** sporadic."
  • "** ****** **** **** **********. **** of *** ************* ** **** *** in * ****** ******** ********** ******. Monitors **** *** **** ****** ***** more ****** ** *** **** ** these ************."

Dark - ****** ** ***** ** *****

**** *********** **** **** ******** ** a ******'* ***** ** **** ***** up ****** ******* * **** ********** than * ***** **********. 

  • "* **** ****** *** ****** ** switch, *** **** ** *** **** I ****** * **** **** *********. I **** **** ** ***** **** the *** ** *** ****** ***** rather **** ** *** ****** **********."
  • "**** ***** ** **** **** ********** in *** ***** ******** *******. ** depends ** ****** ********."
  • "* ****** * **** **** *********, I ***** ** ***** *** ******* in ***** ***** *** ****."
  • "****, **** ** ***** ** ****** image ****** **** *** *********."
  • "* ****** ****. ** ****** *********** items, **** ** *** *** *** around * ***** ** ***** **** motion ** ********, ** ** **** more ******. ****, * ***** ******'* brains *** ********* ***** ** **** for ********* ***** ** **** *** of * **** **********, ** ******* to *** ***** *** ******."
  • "* ****** ****. ******* * ***** it ****** *** **** ** ***** on *** ***** ****** **** **** strain **** *** ****** ***** ********** places ** *** ****."

Light - ***** ******

*********** **** ***** * ***** ***** theme ****** *** ** ******* **** prefer *** ****. 

  • "** ****** * ***** *** **** interface. ** **, ** ***** ******* and **** *********** *** *** *******."
  • "***'* ****** **** * **********. **'** found *** ***** **** ***** ***'* more ********."
  • "*****. ** **** ******, **** ***** to **** *******."
  • "*****. * ****** ** ****** *** the **********. ******** ******* ****** ** bright ***** *** **** ***** **** better **** ********* ******** ** *****. It *** ** **** ******* ***** other *********** * *** *** *** white **********."
  • "* ****** * ***** *** *********. It ***** ******* *** ****** ** look **."
  • "* ****** *****. ** ** ** makes *** ********* **** **** ****-******** and ****** ** ***."
  • "*****, * **** *** ***** ******* look. *** **** *** ******* ** of *** ******** ***** *******."

Light - ****** ** **** *****

**** *********** **** ** **** ***** user ********** **** ****** ** ******** and *** **** **** ****.

  • "* ********** ****** *****, ***** **** distinction ** ******** *** *********** ** options."
  • "*****- ****** ** **** ****** ** screen *** ***** **** **** ** look ** ***** * *****."
  • "*****. **** ** ********* ** **** for **."
  • "***** ~ **** ******** **** *** much."
  • "*'** ***** *** **** *** ** a ****** ****** ** ******** **** the ******* *********."

Depends ** ***********

* ****** ** *********** **** ** they **** ** **********, ******* *** ****** up *** *** *** **** *** their ***********. 

  • "******* ** ******** ** *** *** conditions. ******* **** ** **** ********."
  • "**** ** * **** ********** **** may ****** ********* ** *** **** and *** ********."
  • "** *******, ** ** *** **** qualification **** ******** ***** *** ** recommend."
  • "**** ***** ** **** **** ********** in *** ***** ******** *******. ** depends ** ****** ********."
  • "****! ******* ** *** *********. *****-***** is **** ************ *** **** ** a ******* ******** **** ***** ** more ******** *** ****** ** **** only ** ** ******."
  • "**** ** * **** ********** **** may ****** ********* ** *** **** and *** ********."

Comments (2)

Those that go dark sometimes make it too dark, which is what I think responders mean about harder to see or use screen controls. Would be nice if more in between options were available.

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DW Spectrum has removed the option for a light skin in version 3.0. In past versions, you could choose between dark or light skins. BTW, that is their terminology and I think it could have used a better phrased description. In today's PC world, that could be construed as offensive by some.

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