I find FrameMaker's menu structure quite illogical, although I know it by heart after using Frame for almost 20 years. I have found, with Microsoft's Office applications, that the ribbon interface has made me more productive and does make it easier to find less used commands.
One thing though that Adobe should consider implementing, if they do modify Frame to use a ribbon interface, is an equivalent to the Quick Access Toolbar. I've set up my Word with a QAT of about 30 icons for my most frequently used commands (including some macros) and set the ribbon to show only when I click on the pane name. I had actually created something similar using a custom toolbar in Word 2003, but this is much easier to set up and use. As always, preferences vary, and I quite appreciate that this may not work for everyone. Regards Keith -- Keith Soltys Senior Technical Writer Architecture TMX Group (416) 947-4397 http://www.tmx.com/ -----Original Message----- From: De Rosier, Edward [mailto:edward.deros...@anritsu.com] Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 1:49 PM To: Keith Soltys Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: RE: FM12 Transparent Graphics PLUS New Question Keith, In my opinion, the ribbon is not any better than menus that use drop-down lists. In most instances (for me), the ribbon is less intuitive than drop-down menus, and I frequently struggle to find specific commands. My tired old eyes prefer larger fonts and images, but the ribbons take up a lot of screen real estate compared to a single row of menu items. Why not offer drop-down menus that can be pulled away as free floating and dockable pods? All software house should provide an interface option that allows users to get all of the new features (in any specific release) with a choice of interface options: menu driven choices, ribbon choices, pod choices, keyboard commands, etc. And, of course, they should not rearrange the location of various commands unless those commands were truly in odd locations previously. Marketing decisions often seem to override functionality in favor of glitz and glitter. Ed -----Original Message----- From: Keith Soltys [mailto:keith.sol...@tmx.com] Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 10:11 AM To: De Rosier, Edward Subject: RE: FM12 Transparent Graphics PLUS New Question > I don't mind the new interface, but I would prefer stable and predictable to > fancy ... especially unnecessary fancy. Oh well ... Ha! Just wait until they add the ribbon interface like they just did in RoboHelp 2015. ` Regards Keith -- Keith Soltys Senior Technical Writer Architecture TMX Group (416) 947-4397 http://www.tmx.com/ NOTICE OF CONFIDENTIALITY This e-mail, including all materials contained in or attached to this e-mail, contains proprietary and confidential information solely for the internal use of the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately by return e-mail or otherwise and ensure that it is permanently deleted from your systems, and do not print, copy, distribute or read its contents. AVIS DE CONFIDENTIALITÉ Le présent courriel, y compris tous les documents qu'il contient ou qui y sont joints, renferme des renseignements exclusifs et confidentiels destinés uniquement à l'usage interne du destinataire prévu. Si vous avez reçu le présent courriel par erreur, veuillez nous aviser immédiatement, notamment par retour de courriel, et vous assurer qu'il est supprimé de façon permanente de vos systèmes; veuillez également vous abstenir d'imprimer, de copier, de distribuer ou de lire son contenu. _______________________________________________ You are currently subscribed to framers as arch...@mail-archive.com. Send list messages to email@example.com. To unsubscribe send a blank email to framers-unsubscr...@lists.frameusers.com or visit http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/archive%40mail-archive.com Send administrative questions to listad...@frameusers.com. Visit http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.