Friday, January 20, 2006

A Better Box Of Crayons

Adding some (more) color to Office 12...

"Perhaps because I was never the kid who had the super sized 128-pack of crayons, I never developed much of an artistic eye, especially for colors. Having only the 16-pack, with nary even the free crayon sharpener is something I obviously rue to this day. (Made worse by the fact that, only a few years later, my younger brother got a 64-pack of crayons complete with built-in crayon sharpener. Sigh.)

Anyway, the point is, if anyone needs help with colors, it's me. That's why I love that Office 12 helps me make better looking documents by improving the selection of colors throughout the product.

Now, it is true that many of the core Office 12 products (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) support a new model for document themes, which let you change the color scheme, font scheme, and special effects scheme on a per-document basis. Much can and should be written about how all of this works in the future.

But putting that aside for the time being, every document comes with a "default" theme which contains a color scheme full of well-matched colors. The result is that, even if you don't mess with the new theme or color scheme features at all, your documents look modern and well-matched. (Of course, it doesn't hurt that all of the default object styles in the contextual tab galleries will be based on these colors as well--so when you put a chart or table in, all of the styles you can choose between will match by default.)"   continued ...   (Via Jensen Harris)

Increased color options in Office 12 - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Increased color options in Office 12

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