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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RE: Explorer UI
by Gone fishing on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 14:01 UTC 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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ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

Spot on!

That's the whole charm of designing user interfaces: finding the balance. The ribbon interface has its place, but there's also places where it should not be. I think that Windows Explorer is one of the latter.

Putting the ribbon interface into Explorer is a solution in search of a problem.

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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[3]: Explorer UI
by IgnitusBoyone on Mon 4th Apr 2011 06:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Explorer UI"
IgnitusBoyone Member since:
2007-02-07

It is a 100% better then menu's. On OS X I kind of miss my overly large convoluted vertical tool box, but the truth is that the ribbon is just the toolbox in horizontal with adjustments in size based on how often most users need a specific feature.

The screen shots provided are way to beta for main stream it needs some clean up, but the move to me makes since. If they allow power users to still get to the nuts and bolts. I don't mind my mom being able to use a ribbon. Even my laptops run at 1920x1200 now. While I don't support interface bloat we all must admit there is a little more room then the old 800x600 era and its time for windows to move on

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RE[3]: Explorer UI
by phoenix on Mon 4th Apr 2011 16:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Explorer UI"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

My problem with the ribbon UI is that it combines icons of different sizes, text of different sizes, and arranges things in what appears to be a haphazard manner with very little "align-to-grid" anywhere. It really does look like someone filled a shotgun round with screen widgets and fired it at the top of the screen.

The beauty of a menu bar is that all the text is the same size, all the menus are spaced evenly, and the menus react the same.

The beauty of a toolbar is that the icons are all the same shape/size, and they all react the same. Granted, some toolbars add drop-down textboxes and similar, but things are the same size and aligned nicely to a grid.

The concept of a ribbon is good. But the MS implementations of the ribbon just aren't.

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