Save As… a dying breed

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.


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