Not sure this dialog warrents any sort of "our team, your team" sentiments. That apple vs pc thing amounts to a ford vs chevy argument that is not won... just debated as a mater of personal preference and brand loyalty. I think what the majority of positive comments targeted was Microsoft's concerted and successful effort towards a better UI - not neccessarily the "best" ap. That is a fairly important distinction from not only a product/company perspective, but also in keeping these discussions focused.
On Wednesday, November 29, 2006, at 08:13AM, "Todd Zaki Warfel" <lists at toddwarfel.com> wrote:
>I didn't think it needed an explanation. But if you'd like one, then >I'd say that iWork is a much better product in that it's more suited >for that 95%. I work in iWork pretty much all day (in and out). I >don't find that I need to have a large ribbon of options available to >get my work done, which includes: >* writing proposals >* invoicing >* writing case studies >* writing reports >* making to-do lists > >and a few other things that I used to do in Word. > >And for Keynote, well, it blows PPT away in it's simplicity and >straightforwardness. I did a presentation a couple of weeks ago for >World Usability Day in Princeton and received several compliments on >how beautiful the slides were. Now part of that might be my attention >to simple design, but that is influenced by the environment I work in >day-in-day-out. > >Does Pages have all the features Word does? Nope. And frankly, I hope >it stays that way. I don't need a semi tractor trailer to drive >around town every day. Same goes for Keynote - although it does have >much better transitions than PPT (admittedly, I only use 2-3 of them). > >A couple of gripes - Pages doesn't have Track Changes. That's >something that would be useful. And the palette model they use for >iWork isn't that great in my opinion. It works kind of like the MS >Ribbon in that each "collection" of features (e.g. Paragraph >formatting options) is contained under a group. MS uses tabs, Apple >uses buttons. > >However, finding out about an undocumented feature that allows you to >have multiple palettes open at once takes care of that gripe. > >So, yes, Pages is more innovative and better in that it does what 95% >of the people need and only has 16 elements exposed by default >instead of 55. Or if you expose the Inspector (their version of the >ribbon), then you're up to about 25 instead of 55. Less than half the >clutter and in a more efficient manner. > >Now, if they could just implement that contextual formatting... > >On Nov 28, 2006, at 6:35 PM, Dan Saffer wrote: > >> On Nov 28, 2006, at 2:04 PM, James Melzer wrote: >> >>> I'm not going to comment, except to say: http://www.apple.com/iwork/ >>> pages/ ...? >>> >> >> What does that mean exactly? A link with no explanation isn't much of >> a comment. Are you suggesting Pages 2 is more innovative/better? If >> so, how and why? > > > >Cheers! > >Todd Zaki Warfel >Partner, Design & Usability Specialist >Messagefirst | designing and usability consulting >-------------------------------------- >Contact Info >Voice: (215) 825-7423 >Email: todd at messagefirst.com >AIM: twarfel at mac.com >Blog: http://toddwarfel.com >-------------------------------------- >In theory, theory and practice are the same. >In practice, they are not. > > >________________________________________________________________ >Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)! >To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org >List Guidelines ............ http://listguide.ixda.org/ >List Help .................. http://listhelp.ixda.org/ >(Un)Subscription Options ... http://subscription-options.ixda.org/ >Announcements List ......... http://subscribe-announce.ixda.org/ >Questions .................. lists at ixda.org >Home ....................... http://ixda.org/ >Resource Library ........... http://resources.ixda.org > >