Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Oct 2009 21:53 UTC
Windows I never thought it was possible, but as it turns out, Microsoft has managed to produce some pretty good commercials for its brand new operating system, Windows 7. They are quite product-oriented, and carry the slogan "I'm a PC and Windows 7 was my idea".
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RE[3]: What features?
by CPUGuy on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 00:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: What features?"
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Photoshop, etc. is not completely menu driven as Office and other MS products were.

Again, I'm not saying one way is better than the other. But Microsoft had an issue where their users didn't know how to access features that already existed so they did something about it.

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RE[4]: What features?
by sbenitezb on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 02:06 in reply to "RE[3]: What features?"
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It's called featuritis.

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RE[5]: What features?
by Gryzor on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 09:08 in reply to "RE[4]: What features?"
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It's called featuritis.

You are clearly wrong. Although every version of office had commands that no users knew about, Office was and is an excellent package. There are others, but they all copied Office.
Now I personally use OS X, so I haven't really used the ribbon more than 10 minutes in my entire life.

I didn't like it because I'm a dinosaur used to the old Office menu, but I can see where it makes sense to have that.

The examples you cite, (Photoshop and Illustrator) have, in my opinion, the worst possible UIs ever designed for a professional Windows application. Palettes in both applications fly around and are inconsistent in every possible UI paradigm. People use them because Photoshop's UI has a lot of years and I guess we got used to it.

On the other hand, I don't think Photoshop can use a Ribbon like, because it would simply take out screen estate you need to work on the image. Maybe in the future when more DPI/bigger screens make it possible. Maybe an autohide ribbon? Don't know.

But please don't cry about the ribbon. It's a pain to relearn the location of new commands (it was for my in my short experience), but once you grab it, i'm sure it works fine. (That's what ribbon users told me, even long time old Office users).

Edited 2009-10-23 09:09 UTC

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