Hi. I’m Rich, chairman of the GoobNet SPEED. Last month, we began our programme of helping Microsoft improve the user interfaces of the major Office programmes. We are taking no position on the merits and drawbacks of the ribbon as opposed to dropdown menus [except to point out that no other software manufacturers have copied the ribbon – imagine that]. Instead, we are examining the way that commands are laid out, and whether it is easy for users to find commands that they are looking for.
Previously, Jhonny fixed the E-mail message windows in Outlook. This week, Nina fixes Powerpoint.
Hey, everybody at Microsoft. I’m Nina, and I’ll be telling you what to do with the user interface in Powerpoint. If you recall, when Jhonny started this project with Outlook, he reminded you that commands for special types of objects, like tables and images, should always be visible, but disabled until a table or image is selected. None of this “special menus and tabs that are nowhere to be found until you’ve clicked on something” bullshit.
I have also reintroduced the Customise menu option, which, more than any other version, should have been present in Office 2007. You should be aware that not everyone does the same things with your software, and that it should adapt to the users. Forcing users to adapt to your software is the wrong approach; it inevitably results in users adapting to your competitors’ software.
So, even though I am allowing users to move these commands around, I am also going to redefine the default layout into something that actually makes sense. Seriously, putting the Macros command on the View tab? What the fuck, Microsoft?
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