Saturday, February 17, 2007

Word 2007’s New UI - Galleries and Live Preview

Gallaries and Preview in the Word 2007 interface ...

"In last week's post on Word's new UI, we touched on Ribbon and it was mentioned in comments to that post that the Ribbon is only one of many UI elements that make up what we are calling the new Microsoft® Office Fluent™ user interface. In today's post I'd like to talk about two other aspects of Word's new Fluent UI: Galleries and Live Preview.

Galleries
In Word 2007, you will notice a new piece of UI that shows the results of one or more commands versus the command(s) themselves. These are called Galleries.

Galleries are like legacy Word's font picker control on steroids. Specifically, with the font picker in legacy Word the look of the font was reflected in the font picker itself. The command in the font picker used to apply Times New Roman looked like Times New Roman, the command for Courier New looked like Courier New, etc.

This was a simple application of the What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) concept to Word's user interface, but made picking the right font much easier than a uniform list of font names. It is much easier to pick the right font for your document from this list:

Times New Roman
Arial
Courier New
Verdana
Versus this list:

Times New Roman
Arial
Courier New
Verdana

In Word 2007, we have extended this WYSIWYG user interface goodness via Galleries to benefit features beyond fonts, such as (not an exhaustive list):"    (Continued via The Microsoft Office Word Team's Blog)    [Usability Resources]

Word 2007 Gallery in Ribbon - Usability, User Interface Design

Gallery in Ribbon

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