Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Apr 2009 09:36 UTC, submitted by davidiwharper
Windows Windows Vista wasn't exactly a success, and as such, Microsoft needed different people to manage the development of Windows 7. One of those new people is Julie Larson-Green, who made a very good showing with Microsoft Office 2007, which took the bold move of replacing the menu-driven interface with the newly designed Ribbon interface. The Sydney Morning Herald (awesome name) decided to take a look at who, exactly, Larson-Green is.
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Ribbon Interface
by ngnr on Tue 21st Apr 2009 14:01 UTC
ngnr
Member since:
2008-01-16

I know this is a little off-topic but I’ve read so many times that Microsoft “invented” the ribbon interface.

IMHO the “ribbon” concept was early introduced by Macromedia Dreamweaver MX ui back in 2002.

See this screenshot:

http://yfrog.com/791232image1j

In this example there is a menu bar, but you can also notice a group of "tabs" containing buttons to related tasks.

sounds familiar?

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RE: Ribbon Interface
by davidiwharper on Tue 21st Apr 2009 14:21 in reply to "Ribbon Interface"
davidiwharper Member since:
2006-01-01

You may be right, but that screenshot clearly shows a bunch of toolbars and - unlike Office 2007, which does away with them - application menus.

Others may have opened the door, but Microsoft is the company that was brave enough not only to walk through it but to lock the door so that nobody could go back.

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RE[2]: Ribbon Interface
by BluenoseJake on Tue 21st Apr 2009 15:51 in reply to "RE: Ribbon Interface"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Except the ribbon in Office replaces the menu, and the ribbon like toolbar in Dreamweaver does not. The Ribbon also replaces the toolbar in Office, but there is a toolbar in Dreamweaver.

I guess Macromedia didn't really invent the Ribbon after all.

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RE: Ribbon Interface
by ciplogic on Tue 21st Apr 2009 15:35 in reply to "Ribbon Interface"
ciplogic Member since:
2006-12-22

Yeah, you have right!

Before it was the discreet's (now Autodesk) 3dsmax releases. But for many people they were inaccessible.

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RE: Ribbon Interface
by Chicken Blood on Tue 21st Apr 2009 21:46 in reply to "Ribbon Interface"
Chicken Blood Member since:
2005-12-21

I know this is a little off-topic but I’ve read so many times that Microsoft “invented” the ribbon interface.

IMHO the “ribbon” concept was early introduced by Macromedia Dreamweaver MX ui back in 2002.

See this screenshot:

http://yfrog.com/791232image1j

In this example there is a menu bar, but you can also notice a group of "tabs" containing buttons to related tasks.

sounds familiar?


If that is "the original" ribbon interface then Borland Delphi had it beat by at least 4 years.

http://www.lisisoft.com/imglisi/4/Fax/20076delphi_spell_screen_shot...

Somehow, I think what Microsoft created is something different though.

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RE[2]: Ribbon Interface
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 21st Apr 2009 21:52 in reply to "RE: Ribbon Interface"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I can just hear that Borland interface going.. "Kill meee... Kill meeeeeeee..."

My god. Poor designer.

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RE: Ribbon Interface
by mono on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 08:14 in reply to "Ribbon Interface"
mono Member since:
2005-10-19

Well, then Microsoft invented Exposé back in 1998:
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/dcr/work/taskgallery/...

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