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[2]: Comment by A420X
by JAlexoid on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 20:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by A420X"
JAlexoid
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2009-05-19

Blender's old UI (which I think is what you're talking about) was pretty nice and easy to understand, once you've gone through a tutorial or two, although I have to agree that it's quite a shocking view at first.

When you need to go "through a tutorial or two" the UI is not "easy to understand". Easy to understand UIs will guide you through themselves and disclose functionality when you need it or when you specifically search for it.

There is a term in UX called "progressive disclosure". That is where old Blender UI failed. That is why Win7 UI looks confusing in a lot of cases.

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RE[3]: Comment by A420X
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 20:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by A420X"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

When you need to go "through a tutorial or two" the UI is not "easy to understand". Easy to understand UIs will guide you through themselves and disclose functionality when you need it or when you specifically search for it.


You do realise Blender is not a music player, right? ;)

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RE[4]: Comment by A420X
by Neolander on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 20:26 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by A420X"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

+1. Progressive disclosure only works in software which has a small amount of functionality and is meant to be mainly used by totally unexperienced people. Blender is not in this case.

When I say easy to understand, I mean that there are few, relatively simple basic principles, and you understand rather quickly how things are organized. It's not like, say, office suites menus (ribbons included), when you regularly spend time looking for things even after having found them once.

Edited 2011-04-03 20:28 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by A420X
by JAlexoid on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 20:37 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by A420X"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

You do realise Blender is not a music player, right? ;)


I know, I know... But calling it easy is not true for a novice. It took me an hour to get a texture on my first model, but I was then a bit more cowboy about it and didn't bother to read tutorials.

Real men don't press F1, don't read help or tutorials!

BTW: It is well organised, but not easy...

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