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<Ian_Bryant> wrote in messageHi,
My impression of the ribbon is that it is the same as old screen menu but with
icons in place of text. What annoys me is that the icons change with every
release of Autocad. Look at the Match Properties icon. Who who has used Autocd
for a while, has not switched the buttons on the status bar to display
The screen menu was actually BETTER! Because like you say, the text didn't change like the icons are changing, and it was very intuitive. The big reason they were giving for the screen menu's demise it that it took up too much screen real estate. Well, DUH! HELLLOOOOO! The ribbon takes up a WHOLE LOT MORE REAL ESTATE THAN THE SCREEN MENU EVER DID! Who in the hell do they think they're kidding? Thank you Autodesk for allowing the RIBBONCLOSE and the MENUBAR commands. That ribbon is just a bunch of glitzy crap that slows us down. Lose it!
Yeh, I keep the Ribbon turned off and use ToolPalettes as my screen menu. I only use icons for my Block palettes, the rest are just text.
The ToolPalettes are great for their ease of editing, but if you pick an item too fast it drags it to a new position in the palette.
I'll throw out a contrary opnion. I like the ribbon, and find it uses *less* space proportionally than the old screen menu due to the higher resolution monitors in use (and auto-hide, and three different minimized states, and horizontal/vertical placement, and folded panels, and...). I find myself using very few if any toolbars or menus in AutoCAD anymore. Even when I find myself missing a toolbar I'll tear off a panel or two to create floating uber-toolbars instead. With the most common commands being aliased through PGP settings, I can keep panels with less common commands front and center for when I need them.
Interfaces change, icons change, work processes change. Its the nature of the software beast and its only going to get worse as newer, faster, smaller hardware spurs more innovations. If you can't adapt to a rapidly changing environment, you are definitely in the wrong business.
NOTE to self
actually prefer the ribbon ......have done for some time now
There's no going back NEVER sometimes you just need to be pushed in the right direction
just hope they take the CLASSIC out like they did with screen menus
Now there's a thought A Clean AutoCAD with ALL the legacy obselete commands stripped out
A LEAN MEAN CAD MACHINE AUTOCAD 2014 !! or 2013.new
You could strip every single legacy command out of AutoCAD and it still wouldn't save enough resources to offset the overhead added just by AutoComplete, much less the Ribbon.
"Lean and Mean", yeah, you can't get there by stuffing something full of fluff....