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    "QII vs Chat Client"

    January 6, 2005  |   By gmjm


    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    In short, QII is much less polished and offers far fewer features than Chat Client. I greatly applaud their efforts though.

    Biggest Difference: Chat Client shows the user's photo, QII just shows a "P". Chat Client will even enlarge the photo.
    Chat Client allows you to click on a name in the bio and it will automatically open up the person's profile in Gay.com. QII gives you a blank text box which you must type (copy/paste?) a user's name to see the profile.
    QII only displays two lines of a person's bio (at the top), perhaps my font (the default!) is too large, but I saw no way to stretch the window (a typical Mac function) to see more lines. I prefer the bio to be on the bottom. General GUI standards dictate that the top should be for static info and data. I much prefer bios to be on the bottom or side.
    Chat Client allows you to enter a full bio paragraph, QII allow just age, location, etc.
    In QII, I saw no way to suppress the unnecessary date/time stamp or enter/leaving announcements. I do not know if I can add that to Chat Client, but I prefer not to see this. It is difficult to pick out the posted text from an endless string of So-and-so Entering, So-and-so Leaving, Someone Entering, Someone Leaving, etc.

    After just 10 mins with QII, this is what I had noticed and was enough for me to end it to the trash. Although it is much better than running the gauntlet of Gay.com ads via a browser, QII pales to Chat Client in almost all features, functions and ease of use.

    Good GUI is not based on luck, it is an ergonomic science based on physical needs and visual expectations, as well as a little art. QII developers need to put more thought into what can be done by the application to remove unnecessary tasks by the user, as well as how to present the data in a useful and organized manner. I am not so sure about XP users, but Apple users expect much better.

    I did not experience any of the port problems described in previous comments.

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