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Monday, April 19, 2010

2009 UI Still Lives!!!

I personally am quite happy with the Ribbon, particularly with the new enhancements.

But out of curiousity, I just thought I would see if the Classic UI is still alive in 2011 - and it is!

So if you want to continue to rebel against the previously named DLM (Drunken Leprechaun Mode), that option is still open to you.

However, I sense that the aforementioned Leprechaun is starting to sober up...


  1. Hi Luke,

    I don't understand why people are afraid to move onto Revit 2011. I know that 2010 was an issue with the UI but the new look and feel from 2011 is far better than 2010 and 2009 ever was. I find that I can find my tools far quicker with this new UI than I did with any of the older programs.

  2. It is amazing how the vast majority
    of revit users don't get it.

    They believe the ribbon is new and
    modern and that the other UI is old
    and "classic". After all- the ribbon
    does have new eye-candy and artful

    But revit itself is not old enough
    to be a classic anything.

    Photoshop is similar to revit in
    the sense that you have large numbers
    of commands to be changing while you
    are working on something. With
    photoshop you click a tab and the
    menu drops down vertically- that
    is the fastest way.

    No matter how artful it all looks-
    there is only two possible ways to
    open menus from a tab: vertical or

    The ribbon is nothing more or less
    than menus opening horizontally from
    a tab.

    Autodesk marketing people wanted to
    fundamentally change something so
    bad that they gave us horizontal
    opening menus.

    Big mistake.

  3. Sorry about posting twice-
    but I believe this follow-up
    is worthwhile.

    I do think it would have been
    a better choice to modernize
    the drop-down menu approach for
    Revit like Photoshop did.

    BUT we are well into the horizontal
    menu (ribbon) for Revit and way too
    many Revit users now like it- slower
    or not.

    The ribbon really is modern and it's
    everywhere in computer programs. It's
    just debatable whether it's suitable
    for complex programs like Revit- but
    Autodesk has done a good job with it
    for 2011.

    Has anyone noticed that the Revit
    native UI has just been sitting there
    in the background doing nothing for
    two years?

    If it has been happy sitting there this
    long- then what a golden opportunity to
    upgrade that UI and give users a choice
    between drop-down menus or the ribbon.

    Autodesk did exactly that very nicely
    with AutoCAD LT 2011 by offering both
    the ribbon AND an updated version of
    the classic drop-downs and button bars.

    I wouldn't be surprised if that is what
    Autodesk is working on right now for

    I hope they are anyway.