Simplified GUI Add-on Development for Third-party Software

2014.04 | HCI 2014

We present the WADE Integrated Development Environment (IDE), which simplifies interface and functionality modification of existing third-party software without access to source code. WADE clones the Graphical User Interface (GUI) of a host program through dynamic-link library (DLL) injection, enabling modifications to (1) the GUI in a WYSIWYG fashion and (2) software functionality. We compare WADE with an alternative state-of-the-art runtime toolkit overloading approach in a user-study, whose results demonstrate that WADE significantly simplifies the task of GUI-based add-on development.


wysiwyg, WADE, add-on integration, GUI, ID


Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

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Xiaojun Meng, Shengdong Zhao, Yongfeng Huang, Zhongyuan Zhang, James Eagan, and Ramanathan Subramanian