Monday, March 23, 2009

A Well-Intentioned Road Paving

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In glorious (or inglorious) HD here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj2USV01_VQ

Ever have someone "clean up" your office/study/desk/tool bench? May seem clean and well organized to an outsider - but actually quite useless. Worse then useless. Actually quite annoying: someone spent time and/or money that could have been better spent doing something else. Even something more productive. And the cost really isn't the true cost. Because there's also the hidden expense of all the wasted time it'll take you to find where everything has been so "thoughtfully" organized.

What could be worse? How about a magic tool shed? Here's how it'd work:

Every time you put down a tool to do something else, the tool gets put away..."poof!" Maybe in a drawer, maybe hung on the peg board. Or perhaps in a box on a shelf. So no matter what you do, the moment you take your hand off the tool...poof!. That'd waste a lot of time, eh? Put the hammer down to pick up the screwdriver...poof!. No, wait. Can't pick up the screwdriver - it's already been put away in the drawer to your left. Now put the hammer down (poof!) and open the drawer and pick up the screwdriver. Now put the screwdriver back down (poof!) to pick up the hammer. Changed mind, still need the screwdriver...sh!t...already back in the drawer...d@mn magic tool shed!

What could be worse? How about a demonically possessed magic tool shed. Here's how it'd work:

Every time you put down a tool to do something else, the tool get's put away. But here's the difference: it's not in the same place twice. It depends on what you're about to do with the tool.

No kidding.

Need a hammer? Well - depends. If you're going to hammer a nail, it's on the pegboard above the bench. But if you're going to pull a nail, it's in the drawer to your right. If you're going to chisel a bit of wood, we'll - it's in the box on the shelf behind you. But if you're going to smash something (like the drunken leprechaun that haunts your tool shed) it's in the silverware drawer in the kitchen.

So there you have it. The UI in Revit 2010 is like working in a tool shed possessed by a drunken leprechaun. Or maybe one designed by a committee with a 2-year lead time.

Same thing really. ;)

14 comments:

reluctanttheist said...

Phil

Funniest thing I've read in ages. My eyes are watering...

Jon Anunson said...

Excellent! Exactly what it's like. I've worked with a few drunken Leprechauns in my time, and this is exactly what happens.

MallaLubba said...

Well....I'll be re-enhancing my shortcuts and rebuilding back to ACAD mentality. Too bad I'm only allowed 2 characters in Revit.

Jon Anunson said...

MallaLubba - Actually, you can have as many characters as you want in Revit. Once you start typing, the first available command will show up in the status bar, as you continue to type, the command becomes more specific, you hit space to activate, you can use the arrow keys to cycle through all available commands that match the keystrokes you've entered so far, then hit space to activate the one you want.

robincapper said...

But it's most likely Phils fault :)

See this dilbert

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2009-03-21/

David Light said...

Priceless!!!!! :-)

daniel.hurtubise said...

All that for the sake of helping users to migrate to the new product.
And of course, not a chance they would give us a choice (like using the old UI). Actually we lost the ability to have a choice in April 2002 :-(

Malleristic-Revitation said...

I take offense Phil!

Whats wrong with working with Drunken Leprechauns??????

LOL, awesome post. I think im in the slim minority that actually loves the ribbon...

Yeah, i dont really know WHERE things are yet, but i didnt in Office either, and now that i do its much more efficient...

deesee said...

Great post.

2010 seems like a waste of time and energy. How was functionality increased? What about all of the little things like text, dimensions, site tools, stairs, etc that still need work?

Nah, these guys decided to give the shed a new paint job and to hell with the leaky roof!

seawasp said...

I think I read on another blog somewhere that Revit will ship with the "classic" user interface option.

pete gehring said...

I hope so on the classic interface return, I'm still trying to get the Split Wall with Gap tool to work in 2010.

gfh said...

I think wow gold and world of warcraft gold

Christoph said...

Beside the dispute about the new interface (don't know it, yet) - how should software being changed? In 5, 10, 20 years? In the office I am working everyone uses the classic autocad GUI like in AUTOCAD 14. Sorry, but somehow I like the idea to force people to change.

Stefan said...

great post and unfortunately very recognizable...

I've been working with Office 2007 for a few months and it was very frustrating due this ribbon-issue.
Switched back to Office 2003 and I could contunue my work.

I've been working with Revit since V5.1 and was quite happy until V2010.
The guys from A-desk decided it was a good plan to implement the ribbon without the classic interface.

Why violate the current user and frustrate the hell out of them.
I've switched back to V2009 and consider discontinuing subscription seriously!!!

Why pay to be violated, I'm very dissapointed in AutoDesk....