What is Zenware?
1. A term used to describe the complexity of software as judged by the user by analyzing the user interface (UI). Software that is easy to use often has a non-cluttered user interface that allows the user to perform navigation tasks with a minimal number of clicks and distractions.
2. Zenware can be defined as a method to accomplish the desired task with minimal software intervention.
3. Zenware also refers to a class of programs that prevent unwanted sub-modules of a complex program from running by disabling functions that the user does not need.
With the advent of feature loaded programs, software engineers make a conscious effort to improve the interactivity of the software with the user. For example, if the user wants to delete a file, a pop-up window will open asking the user to confirm that the deletion is not a random trigger.
However, as the software becomes more complex, the number of assistance maneuvers increases the complexity of the software and causes additional errors. For example, in high-end word processing applications, multiple pop-ups are designed to cause various actions and to process user requests interactively. For example, the user can use a popup to set a custom color for text prior to color selection and during this process. The user can navigate to the main page and enter text. The software must ensure that the text entered by the user uses the previous font color, unless this has been confirmed by the user.
The advantages of Zenware applications are that they use less memory and processing power, detract from any distractions that come from other programs, and allow the user to choose which programs can give notifications and the user to focus on the task can. The only disadvantage of these application programs is that they require more flexibility than the user can decide which part of a program to work on and which other parts of a program can generate interrupts.