Hidden Slickness

Now that I’m in the middle of rolling my own Cocoa app, I’m really paying more attention to lots of Mac apps that I rarely use for ideas and hints on how to handle things. One that caught my eye was one of the more recently annointed Best Mac Experience, Delicious Library. One thing I really liked was how they created this red banner across a view that called your attention to something that was important to the user:

What I didn’t know was that this already existed in Apple’s built-in app, Address Book:

Address Book also has tons of other little details in it that aren’t easily available to a developer via Interface Builder or in the Finder. Hmm. Interesting. Like those little icon buttons at the bottom of that window (update/keep both, etc).