VMS UI - Light vs Dark Preferences

By: Ari Erenthal, Published on Jun 16, 2017

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. 

***** **** *********** ********* * **** theme **** *** ***** choice, * ******** ** integrators ****** ****** * light ***** ** **** no **********. 

  • *********** *** ****** **** themes **** ** **** it ******* *** ****** and ***** ** ****** to ***** ** *** video.
  • *********** *** ****** ***** themes **** ** **** it ***** ****** *** that ** ***** ***** easier ** ****.
  • *********** **** ** ********** told ** **** **** leave *** ****** ** to *** *** ****. 

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

** ***, *** **** common ****** *********** ***** a **** ***** ** to ****** **** *** strain ** *** ***** environments. 

  • "**** **** *********. ** is **** *********** *** eyes ** *** ***** long ****."
  • "* ****** * **** VMS **** ********* ** a ***** ***** ** feel **** ********* ** the ****. **** **** a **** ********* *** make *** ****** **** drowsy."
  • "**** - *** ***** staring ** ***** ****** consoles, * ***** **** a **** ********* ** easier ** *** **** for ******** ******* ** time *** ****** *** eyes ** ***** ** the ******** ** *** stand *** ** ******* to * ***** *******."
  • "****, * ***** ** provides * ****** ******** to *** *****. ***** is **** ******** ** the ****, *** * found *** ****** **'* easier ** **** ***** with ****."
  • "**** - * **** "Black" ** ** ********* office ******, ****** ** the ****."
  • "**** ** ********** **** soothing ** *** ****. I ***** * ****** interface ***** ** ********** in * **/* ********** situation ******* * ******* one ***** ** ********** in * ********* ***** VMS *** ** **** sporadic."
  • "** ****** **** **** interfaces. **** ** *** installations ** **** *** in * ****** ******** operations ******. ******** **** are **** ****** ***** more ****** ** *** eyes ** ***** ************."

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

**** *********** **** **** movement ** * ******'* field ** **** ***** up ****** ******* * dark ********** **** * light **********. 

  • "* **** ****** *** option ** ******, *** most ** *** **** I ****** * **** User *********. * **** like ** ***** **** the *** ** *** camera ***** ****** **** to *** ****** **********."
  • "**** ***** ** **** best ********** ** *** light ******** *******. ** depends ** ****** ********."
  • "* ****** * **** user *********, * ***** it ***** *** ******* in ***** ***** *** more."
  • "****, **** ** ***** on ****** ***** ****** than *** *********."
  • "* ****** ****. ** allows *********** *****, **** as *** *** *** around * ***** ** video **** ****** ** detected, ** ** **** more ******. ****, * think ******'* ****** *** naturally ***** ** **** for ********* ***** ** jump *** ** * dark **********, ** ******* to *** ***** *** around."
  • "* ****** ****. ******* I ***** ** ****** our **** ** ***** on *** ***** ****** with **** ****** **** the ****** ***** ********** places ** *** ****."

Light - ***** ******

*********** **** ***** * light ***** ***** ****** did ** ******* **** prefer *** ****. 

  • "** ****** * ***** VMS **** *********. ** us, ** ***** ******* and **** *********** *** our *******."
  • "***'* ****** **** * preference. **'** ***** *** users **** ***** ***'* more ********."
  • "*****. ** **** ******, just ***** ** **** cleaner."
  • "*****. * ****** ** purely *** *** **********. Avigilon ******* ****** ** bright ***** *** **** looks **** ****** **** Milestone ******** ** *****. It *** ** **** because ***** ***** *********** I *** *** *** white **********."
  • "* ****** * ***** VMS *********. ** ***** cleaner *** ****** ** look **."
  • "* ****** *****. ** me ** ***** *** interface **** **** ****-******** and ****** ** ***."
  • "*****, * **** *** clean ******* ****. *** dark *** ******* ** of *** ******** ***** product."

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

**** *********** **** ** that ***** **** ********** were ****** ** ******** and *** **** **** ones.

  • "* ********** ****** *****, gives **** *********** ** sections *** *********** ** options."
  • "*****- ****** ** **** things ** ****** *** white **** **** ** look ** ***** * while."
  • "*****. **** ** ********* to **** *** **."
  • "***** ~ **** ******** text *** ****."
  • "*'** ***** *** **** can ** * ****** harder ** ******** **** the ******* *********."

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

* ****** ** *********** told ** **** **** no **********, ******* *** ****** up *** *** *** user *** ***** ***********. 

  • "******* ** ******** ** VMS *** **********. ******* room ** **** ********."
  • "**** ** * **** preference **** *** ****** depending ** *** **** and *** ********."
  • "** *******, ** ** end **** ************* **** dictates ***** *** ** recommend."
  • "**** ***** ** **** best ********** ** *** light ******** *******. ** depends ** ****** ********."
  • "****! ******* ** *** situation. *****-***** ** **** professional *** **** ** a ******* ******** **** Space ** **** ******** and ****** ** **** only ** ** ******."
  • "**** ** * **** preference **** *** ****** depending ** *** **** 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.

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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