Some idle searching on youTube for “Haiku OS” turned up a very interesting video demonstration of a prototype for user-editable GUIs. It’s apparently based on something called the “Auckland Layout Model (ALM),” which allows WYSIWIG editing of a GUI without the need for recompiling – or any access to the applications source code, for that matter.

Based on the video, it looks like an incredibly powerful way to customize a GUI – as well as being a clever extension of the heavily-modular approach taken by BeOS and Haiku. The video can be viewed below, but sadly not in BeOS (although there are numerous sites like keepvid.com that will allow you to download the video as an FLV file, which the BeOS version of VLC can handle).

UPDATE: Thanks to “Humdinger” for posting a comment with a link to an AVI version of the video, along with links to another Haiku-related project that’s being worked on by the same group of people:

Here’s the video as XVID:
http://aucklandlayout.sourceforge.net/videos/alm-editor.avi

For the other project of Auckland University, Stack&Tile of windows, there’s also a video:
http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~lutteroth/videos/stack-and-tile.avi
There are already patches for it available which have been been updated several times since:
http://www.freelists.org/post/haiku-development/Stack-Tile-for-Haiku

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Humdinger on 2009-01-28 at 14:13 (Reply)
Here's the video as XVID: http://aucklandlayout.sourceforge.net/videos/alm-editor.avi

For the other project of Auckland University, Stack&Tile of windows, there's also a video: http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~lutteroth/videos/stack-and-tile.avi
There are already patches for it available which have been been updated several times since: http://www.freelists.org/post/haiku-development/Stack-Tile-for-Haiku

Cool stuff!
Stephen B. on 2009-01-29 at 14:09 (Reply)
Thanks, I'll update the post as well.
BeOSNews.com » Bits of news on 2009-02-03 at 16:21 (Reply)
[...] Also (always) active is Karl form Haikuware, one of the most popular Haiku news/community websites at this moment. Overshadowed by the news from the official Haiku website about the GCC4 builds, this months ‘Thank You’ award goes to the University of Auckland (New Zealand) for their work on the experimental Stack & Tile and User Editable Interfaces patches, which were covered by Stephen earlier. [...]
[...] in January I had posted about a neat demo created by a group from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) - along with a [...]
[...] - one of the developers behind two Haiku-based projects that we’ve reported on recently: the user-editable GUI prototype, using the Aukland Layout Model, and the “Stack & Tile” window management [...]

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