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 


Keith Soltys
Senior Technical Writer
TMX Group
(416) 947-4397

-----Original Message-----
From: De Rosier, Edward [mailto:edward.deros...@anritsu.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 1:49 PM
To: Keith Soltys
Cc: framers@lists.frameusers.com
Subject: RE: FM12 Transparent Graphics PLUS New Question


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, 

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.


-----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. `


Keith Soltys
Senior Technical Writer
TMX Group
(416) 947-4397

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