GMC member Eddy Munn, a.k.a edmunn, has created a mock-up of the interface he would like to see in Game Maker 8.
Writing for Game Maker Blog Eddy described the process.
I designed this piece around the Adobe GUI, from Soundbooth CS4.
I thought about the ways in which I could make it practical for Game Maker, the GMC and YoYo Games and created this mockup.
I hope that I have given a visual source on how Game Maker could look in the future – especially with the upcoming release of the Mac port.
The first thing that sprang to mind after I saw the image was its similarity to the current interface of Scirra Construct which has frames for resources around a central room editor similar to, but in a greater extent than, PowerPoint.
Scirra Construct interface:
There has been a generally positive reaction to the mock-up on GMB’s twitter, as well as speculation as to whether GM8 will be included in the existing Game Maker 5-7 license and on what new features the software might include.
GM8 is not due out until late 2009 excluding the almost-inevitable delays.
If YoYo Games implement an interface similar to Eddy’s mock-up it would be the most radical change in the look of the program since its original release. What are your thoughts on the current Game Maker interface, Eddy’s mock-up and do you have any suggestions as to how the interface can be improved for the next version of Game Maker?