Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 11:06 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Windows Yes, the Windows 8 rumour mill is really spinning up now. This time around though, they're not really rumours, since the information is coming from Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott, long-time Microsoft enthusiasts with loads of insider access. They've got a bunch of screenshots showing a work in progress of... A ribbon in Explorer. And yes, it looks just as bad as it sounds.
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Explorer UI
by ephracis on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 11:51 UTC
ephracis
Member since:
2007-09-23

The new Explorer UI is very interesting.

In my application (a music player, see http://stoffiplayer.com) I have used Explorer as a measurement for the most native application on Windows. That's why I have tried to mimic its interface as much as possible. It is clean and simple.

The funny thing is that I did actually experiment with a ribbon interface at first. But for a music application with the aim of being simple and feature a very clean interface it just didn't fit.

Do I need to say that I will *not* continue to use Explorer as an inspiration if they go down this road. ;)

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RE: Explorer UI
by Gone fishing on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 14:01 in reply to "Explorer UI"
Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

The new Explorer UI is very interesting.

Covers many possibilities from very good to completely insane.
Well I finally upgraded from Office 2000 to 2007 and so I got the ribbon well I’ve been using Access for a week and have got used to it – but used to it like a slightly too tight shoe, it is horrid I think this is the first time I can remember ever having to use Google to find a feature on a toolbar, (usually when the feature is hidden on a submenu of the Office blob at the right hand.)
Seems to me the interface will have all the usability and attractiveness of the pilots controls on a new Boeing . Well I hope they keep the “search programs and files” as it will be needed a lot (at least by me)

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

The new pilots controls on a boeing will look far less convoluted to commercial rated pilot.

Now.. fitting a Boeing cockpit into a Ford Focus then selling it to average drivers.. that's probably how it feels for many people. "I need pedals for break and gas, a steering column and turning indicators.. what the heck are these thousand other buttons, dials and checklists for? And, why can't I find where they've hidden those four basic features I actually need?"

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RE[2]: Explorer UI
by modmans2ndcoming on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 22:57 in reply to "RE: Explorer UI"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

Once you learn how to use it, you will wonder how you could have ever been productive using menus. The Ribbon UI is a very good concept.

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RE: Explorer UI
by pandronic on Mon 4th Apr 2011 19:33 in reply to "Explorer UI"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

With the risk of being off-topic, congrats on your Stoffi Music Player. It's exactly what I've been looking for. I really try to use only programs that look native and blend very well into the general OS theme.

I've got a few suggestions if you don't mind, I hope they are useful and you'll take at least some of them into account:

- after installing I've found a folder called "Stoffi Installer" in the same folder as the exe installer. It would be nice if the installer would clean up after itself, or at least decompress into temp/
- the first start was kinda slow (not annoyingly slow, but I think it could be improved)
- even when Stoffi is minimized to tray it still appears in the Alt+Tab task list
- I have a lot of songs that have a typical filename: "Artist - Trackname.mp3" but no ID3 info. In the Library/Playlist view there is a whole lot of nothing for those tracks (maybe you could make a smart Artist - Track column? - which shows the filename without the extension if no ID3 info is present)
- When you click/double-click the name of the playing song it would be nice if the view would center on that song
- It would be great if you could also see the path in the Track information window
- Search is quite slow. If I type continuously it takes a while for each letter to appear. I think it would improve usability if you'd search only when the user stopped typing
- A way in the preferences/installer to set the OS'es file associations for audio files.

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RE[2]: Explorer UI
by pandronic on Mon 4th Apr 2011 20:10 in reply to "RE: Explorer UI"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Update:
- When you are in another application and you use a global shortcut that has meaning also in that application, both the local and global shortcuts get activated. Expected behavior would be if only the global shortcut would work

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