If you already use computers for quite a long time, then you must know how the software changing. Let us see DOS as the first OS I know. Then we get Windows 3.1 on DOS. Now DOS prompt is still there. We don’t see it when we start Windows. It’s only as a console that most of us don’t use it.
Now let us see the word processors. I remember how we need to add tags to format the words. If you know a bit of html tags, then it close. I used WordStar. Then Microsoft Word. There must be some resistance when Microsoft decided to change the toolbar to ribbon. They are the one who said that toolbar is a part of Windows compliant application, and they change it. Not sure what elements a Windows compliant must has now.
The changes is permanent. Can you use toolbar in Word now? Nope. Can we use the formatting tag in a Word document? I don’t think so. Things have to change.
If we think of it, the AutoCAD users should be grateful. I think it’s the only application that has all three generation of command input: command line from Rolling Stones era, toolbar from Bon Jovi era, and ribbon from Justin Bieber era. At least I never found other application like that. Not even Revit and Inventor from Autodesk product line. Yes there is ‘unsupported’ old interface, but it’s not the same with the legal ‘classic interface’.
It is good for the users, but sometimes can be not that good for the others. I read Donnie Gladfelter’s book: AutoCAD 2011 – no experience required. I can see him trying to explain all three command input. I don’t really care about explaining all of them. Then it cross my mind: Do we really have to mention all of that when we write or teach AutoCAD? If in Office 2015, they change the ribbon again to something new, then AutoCAD may have 4 ways to activate a command. Unlike AutoCAD, Microsoft Office application just get rid the old interface. But not AutoCAD! If Windows is replaced with something new, some Iron Man high tech stuff, will we still have command line and toolbar? If AutoCAD lives for another 25 years, it can be 8 ways to activate a line!
I guess it is interesting to see… if, only if, one day Autodesk decided to simplify this and only use one default interface. If you can choose, which one would you prefer to keep? The one that you can’t live without it. No right or wrong for your choice and your reason. Please vote below, and I appreciate if you mention your reason.
*This poll is closed. See result below.