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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Interfaces
by google_ninja on Sun 24th Jun 2007 17:13 UTC
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2006-02-05

First off, it is more then personal taste, some interfaces ARE better then others. A better designed interface takes less effort (i.e. the brain consumes less energy while using it)

As for the article, I think pretty much everyone abandoned the idea of SDI awhile ago, in favor of permanent maximized document window switchable with tabs. This is because the SDI was a prime example of microsofts attempts to copy something they didnt understand. The spatial design metaphor worked because the entire operating system functioned under it. When you start mixing spatial stuff with other stuff, the whole thing falls apart. The whole reason the spatial design works is that it is consistant, and you can count on thinking of objects as objects. This is why the spatial explorer was horrible in win95, and why spatial nautilus was only slightly less horrible in gnome.

Last point is ribbon, which IMHO is one of the best UI innovations to come out of Microsoft since the tool tip. Menus on windows suck, and microsoft should be lauded for their attempts to get rid of them. My only criticism is that it seems like every vista app takes a different approach. You have the ribbon in word, tabs and button menus in IE, a contextual toolbar in explorer, mode switching/menu buttons in WMP, and an almost webpage style UI for windows defender. While ribbon is, IMHO, the best of the bunch, MS really needs to sit down and decide on some standards, because vista looks like it was conceived by a designer with ADHD.

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RE: Interfaces
by jayson.knight on Sun 24th Jun 2007 22:11 in reply to "Interfaces"
jayson.knight Member since:
2005-07-06

"My only criticism is that it seems like every vista app takes a different approach. You have the ribbon in word, tabs and button menus in IE, a contextual toolbar in explorer, mode switching/menu buttons in WMP, and an almost webpage style UI for windows defender. While ribbon is, IMHO, the best of the bunch, MS really needs to sit down and decide on some standards,"

The Office team has always tried new GUI stuff first...if it works (which in the case of the ribbon, it definitely seems to be), the rest of the OS will soon follow. It eases the burden of transition a bit financially. I expect ribbon menus to appear in Vista in SP1 or SP2 given how well it's doing in Office.

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