OK – I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and something in Google+ prompted me to make this post. It goes like this:
Please don’t change the following:
See that? See how there’s things like Save As… (I’m looking at you, OSX). See how there’s actually a menu with entries in it that drops down and allows you to quickly scan text rather than randomly shoot your eyes around a “ribbon” (I’m looking at you, Microsoft Office 2007). Stop changing this. We’ve had this design for more than 20 years, so it’s likely quite a few of us are more than a little used to it now. Also, make all the keyboard shortcuts work right. For instance, Ctrl-Shift-s should always be Save As… and Ctrl-s should always be Save. This applies to any and all applications that have some sort of document editing capability.
There. Just had to get that off my chest. I couldn’t find Bullets and Numbering in the stupid MS Office 2007 ribbon at work, since they got rid of the entire Format menu and replaced it with the impossible-to-navigate ribbon. And today I heard there’s no Save As… in OSX Lion – I feel for you, dudes and dudettes.