Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Jun 2007 13:44 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Federkiel writes: "People working with Apple computers are used to a very consistent user experience. For a large part this stems from the fact that the Lisa type of GUI does not have the fight between MDI and SDI. The question simply never arises, because the Lisa type of GUI does not offer the choice to create either of both; it's something different all along. I usually think of it as 'MDI on steroids unified with a window manager'. It virtually includes all benefits of a SDI and and the benefits of an MDI." Read on for how I feel about this age-old discussion.
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RE[2]: Interfaces...
by Kroc on Sun 24th Jun 2007 16:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Interfaces..."
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

Even as a Mac user, I've followed the development of the Ribbon interface extremely closely. It is one of Microsoft's best interfaces and even gives me some Windows-envy. The ribbon is scheduled to appear in Office:Mac 2008, albeit in a slightly more traditional way.

Coming up with a way to get rid of 100's of menu and toolbar buttons, and end up with something that's actually more productive than before is as big a UI innovation to me as the migration from DOS to GUI. It makes the GUI usable like it was supposed to be in the first place ;)

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I hate the ribbon...
by moronikos on Sun 24th Jun 2007 17:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Interfaces..."
moronikos Member since:
2005-07-06

I used to know where things were on the menus, and some of those things aren't even present on the ribbons. Secondly, Microsoft really screwed over OLE integration with the ribbons. Used to be that there was menu merging when doing embedding. Now Microsoft doesn't support it--it has the ribbons instead. Plus the ribbon takes up more screen real estate.

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RE: I hate the ribbon...
by Kroc on Sun 24th Jun 2007 18:00 in reply to "I hate the ribbon..."
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

The ribbon _DOES NOT_ take up more screen real estate. In fact, it takes up less space for the same amount of total UI (i.e. turn on all the toolbars in Office2K3, the ribbon never gets taller).

Read this and get edumacated:
http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/archive/2006/04/17/577485.aspx

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