Windows Scenic: Windows 7’s Ribbon-based UI platform
Posted 17 September 2008 - 07:35 PM
It looks like the much anticipated new user-interface platform for Windows 7 and Windows Live Wave 3 applications is being called “Windows Scenic”, if the recently available Windows Live Wave 3 Movie Maker and leaked screenshot of Windows 7’s Paint application is any indication. They are both built with one and the same UI framework.
Several months ago there were indicationsMicrosoft was working on an Office 2007 Ribbon-inspired interface for Windows 7 which at the time sounded bizarre and is still today. How it is implemented in “Scenic” is literally stripping the Ribbon out of Office. In fact so literal Scenic’s DLLs include resources from Office 2007 Beta 2 and the existence of a “Ribbon menu” as noted below,
However, it’s not exactly the same either. The major difference between Ribbon and Scenic being the lack of an Orb in Scenic who’s file menu is instead a button next to the first tab that works identical otherwise.
Now some quick thoughts about Scenic. Having a native Ribbon interface library in Windows is probably a good idea to reduce the number of not-quite-right third-party Ribbon implementations that’s out there, delivering more consistent experiences should developers choose to use such an UI. In addition, the Ribbon also delivers a few extra useful UI controls like divided and separated buttons in the toolbar as well as preview galleries to select between themes and designs.
On the other hand, do applications like Paint and Live Movie Maker really need a Ribbon? Office 2007 only had it because it had a bazillion functions. How many does Paint have? For example in Live Movie Maker, there’s only two extra ‘blocks’ in the “Visual Effects” tab which could have fit perfectly in a single menu without a tab. It feels a little like they’re doing it just because they can and that might just be the Achilles heel.
Posted 17 September 2008 - 07:45 PM
but....and the speed of system ????
i dont like new programs, i hope new functions and speed...
the m$ think about this....the SRO
Posted 17 September 2008 - 09:08 PM
This looks freakin awesome! It looks like Microsoft mike be making a decent OS!
I cant wait for windows 7 to be complete!
Posted 17 September 2008 - 10:19 PM
Posted 18 September 2008 - 02:21 AM
More eye candy normally means better hardware. Except in Linux's case. MS better get on top of that, so that average computers can run Win7 and not have to have 2GB of RAM to run the OS and then other programs.
Chances are if your computer can run Vista well, it'll be able to handle Se7en as they're not much different..... So far... And what is wrong with 2GB RAM???
But, Wow, This looks very very nice.... Two thumbs up for the UI team!
Edited by Frylock86, 18 September 2008 - 02:24 AM.
Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:09 PM
Posted 19 September 2008 - 02:54 AM
does anyone think its time that they started scraping compatibility for ancient software and go 64bit only??