Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Office Themes: Getting Documents To Sing One (Beautiful) Song

More on how the new Office 12 interface allows you use themes to quickly create nice looking documents...

"Today I present the first of what I hope are many guest articles on Office user interface issues written by other folks from the product team. This first series of articles describes the new themes capabilities of Office 12 and how they integrate with the user interface. Look for new articles every Wednesday.

Howard Cooperstein is a Lead Program Manager in the PowerPoint and OfficeArt group.

My name is Howard Cooperstein my work has been primarily on OfficeArt, the drawing and graphics features shared across Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and FrontPage. I was also the User Interface lead for PowerPoint 2002. For Office 12 I am the lead for the Office Themes team.

A big part of the Office 12 user interface story is how fast you can create a great looking document. This is the first in a series of articles explaining how we fill up Office 12s galleries with great looking choices.

Office 12 dramatically improves the aesthetic quality of formatting and this becomes really clear when you look at documents created with previous versions. In our research we looked at a lot of customer documents and for the most part they are professional looking but quite plain, relying on the default styles for text, tables and graphics. Obviously, PowerPoint with its Design Templates has the most colorful and graphically rich documents. But, even so, the tables, charts and diagrams on those slides usually arent as polished as background on which they sit."   continued ...   (Via Jensen Harris)

Theme selection w/Ribbon - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Theme selection w/Ribbon


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