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#1 Mheltin

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 04:37 AM

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Microsoft’s official Windows User Experience Interaction Guidelines, or more affectionately known as the “UX Guide”, has had a recent October 10 makeover. Topics added in this update include "Ribbons" Touch Computing, Pen Computing, and Printing.

Of most interest is the article dedicated to Ribbons, explaining to developers how to design a great Ribbon experience in their own application, but probably more importantly when to and when not to use a Ribbon. The Touch article also provides some insightful tips to developing a user-interface that is touch friendly.

Considering Windows “technically 6.1 but doesn’t sound cool enough” 7 just happens to make advances in both the Ribbon ("With Scenic") and touch computing, definitely a recommend read for developers if you want to be a step ahead.

For example, here’s how not to make a calculator with Ribbon.

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On the other hand, there’s an interesting screenshot of a “touch version” of Calculator. Personally compared to the version in Vista (right), even looks better.

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source: istartedsomething

#2 Syzygy

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 05:18 AM

You know, the first calculator with the Ribbon would look very nice.

#3 RickSOLET

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 01:32 PM

It looks awesome!

#4 devnet

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 02:34 PM

You know, the first calculator with the Ribbon would look very nice.


yup. i think so :woot: , its very user friendly, but not efficient :whistle:

#5 Laguna

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Posted 17 October 2008 - 09:32 AM

I don't know why, but I just can't like this ribbon thing...

#6 coldemone

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Posted 17 October 2008 - 09:51 AM

IMO, the first calc with ribbon is a mess...

Ribbons somehow is a replacement of "irritating" menus.

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Posted 17 October 2008 - 10:50 AM

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I LOVE that look! I guess i will have to make it as well as finish up and release NotePad 2008 (renaming it to Wordpad 2008, BTW ... it is almost here.)

#8 Syzygy

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Posted 17 October 2008 - 11:14 AM

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I LOVE that look! I guess i will have to make it as well as finish up and release NotePad 2008 (renaming it to Wordpad 2008, BTW ... it is almost here.)


I'm thinking you need to make a calculator 2008. :lol:

#9 Gragier_521

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Posted 17 October 2008 - 01:02 PM

ribbons ui us awesome

#10 CommonSense

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 10:07 PM

My school last year upgraded to Office 2007 and everyone (including teachers) were like "WTF?! How do I used Word?"

Very few of us (students) knew how to use it. So changing a whole OS GUI to Ribbon could be a problem. But it depends on the creativity and logic of the user. Because I think Office 2007 is more organized than '03.

Let's see what the final result brings us.

#11 Afzal

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 01:27 PM

My school last year upgraded to Office 2007 and everyone (including teachers) were like "WTF?! How do I used Word?"


exactly...ive been having trouble finding common tasks in it

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 02:08 PM

I personally think its easier to use it classifies things into tabs instead of having to search through menu bars.


People need to learn that adaptation is okay (;

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 09:14 PM

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hey!! the calculator i just tested in windows 7 b6801 wasnt like that :s

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 04:30 AM

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hey!! the calculator i just tested in windows 7 b6801 wasnt like that :s

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Actual 6801 calculator pictures.

#15 Tonicgoofy

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 09:08 AM

I personally think its easier to use it classifies things into tabs instead of having to search through menu bars.


People need to learn that adaptation is okay (;


Thanks you, I felt a little bit left out. But I see I'm not the only one to think that the new interface is way better than the old one. just got to take the time to get use to it. but after that it's dazzling fast.

#16 Syzygy

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 11:12 AM

The new interface is easy...if you're a computer enthusiast :)

#17 M!W

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 01:53 PM

Why do they want more ribbon-stuff? I heard from plenty of people who don't like the ribbons in office 2007 because they are not very user friendly. Yes, they look nice but they make things more complicated than needed, I personally believe that a lot of people will be annoyed when more windows applications will use this look!

And there is a reason why apple makes the mac desktop as simple as possible. If you like mac or hate it, you have to admit that it's usability is superior to windows usability!

(This is not meant as flaming, this is just what most people I know think!)

#18 Syzygy

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 02:24 PM

Why do they want more ribbon-stuff? I heard from plenty of people who don't like the ribbons in office 2007 because they are not very user friendly. Yes, they look nice but they make things more complicated than needed, I personally believe that a lot of people will be annoyed when more windows applications will use this look!

And there is a reason why apple makes the mac desktop as simple as possible. If you like mac or hate it, you have to admit that it's usability is superior to windows usability!

(This is not meant as flaming, this is just what most people I know think!)


Tbh, mac will confuse any Windows user.

#19 coldemone

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 02:44 AM

2007 is good for computer newbs since it has huge icons to show what is that and those.

but not good for n00bs who used 03. 03 has the toolbars, which I think is cryptic, some icons may not tell you easily what it is.

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