Windows XP -- digital camera/photo features

Started Apr 23, 2001 | Discussions thread
Rick Turner [MS]
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Re: Windows XP -- digital camera/photo features
In reply to Jon B, Apr 26, 2001

KanedaF3 wrote:

Nothing specific, just a general comment on the interface.

I hate Wizards. I have always hated wizards.

When I want to do something with the computer, I want to do it.
I don't want the computer to ask me one or two questions at a time
and maybe leave out a few options I did want.

Wizards are good because I know that many people don't know as much
about computers as my crowd, but along with the wizards I think
there should be a more technical way to do things. A screen
covered in options for the people that know what the options are
would be great.

Don't spend all of your time making it easy for people that don't
want to learn. Spend some time adding in some really great options
that pros/experts will appreciate.

Thanks for the feedback. Your point is something we wrestle with all the time trying to design our software. We know there are disparate levels of knowledge and skills in the users who use our software. It is amazingly hard to design UI that satisfies both. We try to walk that line, but we usually will go towards the simple or less feature laden route in features that are targeted for "the masses." Your level of expertise tends to be the 10% or 20% case. For Windows XP, we have consciously skewed many elements of our UI to the 80% case.

That being said -- we don't like to make things hard or cumbersome for the more advanced computing set. In fact, perfection for us is making software that is equally compelling and usefull to beginners and experts alike. In that spirit -- is there any feature, in particular, that you'd like to see for the pro/expert set?

Again, thanks for the input.

-Rick

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