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Adobe Acrobat Rewriting the (control) rules

AK-Mail Protecting users from themselves

Apple QuickTime 4.0 Player An in-depth review
Cross-platform terminology?
Life is like a box of chocolates...

Apple Sherlock It's a matter of apples and oranges, and apples

ASPack One of these tabs is not like the others...

AutoCad Mechanical Contempt for users?

Unisyn's Automate Pro Navigation Confusion
Trust us, our way is better
A question of faith
Who's job is it anyhow?

Banyan Vines' BeyondMail Title Bar Geekspeak

ccMail Enigmatic toolbars
A critical non-error

Classified! Time-Wasting Calendar Control

Click & Print Certificates The Style "Buddy"
Control confusion

Compuserve WinCim The Third Degree I
The Third Degree II
Only her hairdresser knows for sure
Coloring Books
Eh? Say again Sonny?
CompuServe Geekspeak

Contact Master Tabbed sort order?

CSE HTML Validator Flag Day!

CuteFTP No way out

Datastream's Demo Installation arrogance

Dialog32 Novice color mistakes

Drag And File Keyboard equivalents for icons?

Drawing Board LT Insane installation progress indicator

Dr. Zeuss ABC Challenging messages for children

Easy CD Creator Alarmist colors

Eudora Cute, but terribly unclear
Someone needs to get out more

Ewan 1.052 Can't see the forest through the trees

Eye Candy 3.0 No way out

eZip Wizard Hidden functionality
Wizard-enforced stupidity

Flexi Magnifying Glass Metaphor

FreeJava Holy Errors Batman!

Freeloader Trick or Treat

GetRight Convoluted tab navigation

GIF Animator Minor excess

GIF Construction Set It don't work that way anymore
Long file names? Better think ahead
You can't get there from here
Mixed signals

Homesite 4.0 Unnecessarily interrupting the user...

HP ScanJet Help is waaaay over there...

IBM Aptiva Communication Center Copping an attitude
Arbitrary Stupidity
Novelty for novelty's sake
Tab Addiction
No rhyme nor reason

IBM Audiostation Power metaphor
Won't you be my neighbor?
Of Lists and Broken Rules

IBM NetFinity Real estate woes

IBM RealCD Macabre Design
Even Pangloss would despair

IBM RealPhone Tooltip Abuse
A complete embarrassment

InfoAccess Breeding like...buttons

HTML Transit Why doesn't it do anything?!

Jaws Be careful what you ask for...

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 Geekspeak for the kids among us

JDeveloper Failure to think ahead...

Linux XFM Geekspeak that would confuse the geeks themselves

Lotus Notes (We needed to devote an entire section for it)

Macintosh OS Trashing metaphors

Mannesman Tally Printers A VCR-based printer?

Maxis SimCity Patience is a virtue

MediaBlaze 98 Gratuitous use of tabs

Microsoft Access Query-by-Confusion
Artistic Roulette
Control Anorexia
Functional Disorder
Jumping through hoops
Not enough information
Teaching bad design

Microsoft Access 95 "Are you really sure you want to do nothing?"
Go do it yourself!
A pissant speaks

Microsoft Access 97 Inconsistent Distractions

Microsoft Data Link "Something is happenin' and we don't know what it is"

Microsoft Developer Studio Damned if you do...

Microsoft Excel 5.0 Rewriting the rules
"The confusing options are your fault"

Microsoft Exchange Who needs standards anyway?
Dueling purposes

Microsoft Explorer Exploring a cave without a light
Confusing icons
Hide everything or hide nothing
Top Secret Features
Changing the rules in the middle of the game
It's a clipboard - really
Where do I want to go? - Where am I?
Not undoing things that can't be undone
Nobody uses Help anyhow
Sorted, sort of...
Explorer's identity crisis
Interface Defragmentation
Go to...Where?! Sickeningly sweet error message

MS Explorer Find Applet An in-depth review
Improperly tabbed dialog

Microsoft Internet Explorer A Toolbar-Thingy, Sort of
Adequate Control?
Inefficient Scrolling
Character-Based Interface Design
An alternative definition of success
Needless interruptions
Silly Toolbar Design
Missing Information

Microsoft File Manager Control Impotence

Microsoft Media Player Make mine a Chivas...

Microsoft Notepad Whaddaya expect me to do with it?
And now for somthing completely different
"We are wrong, but most users won't know"
Needlessly changing the rules

Microsoft ODK That's for me to know and you to find out

Microsoft Office 4.2 You want me to do What?!

Microsoft Office95 Do as I say, not as I do
Do as I say, ...sometimes
Suggest THIS!

Microsoft Office 97 Sickeningly Cute
Show and tell
Unncecessary Distractions
Dissention among the ranks
A misguided file dialog "fix"
Microsoft's Triple-Dog-Dare

Microsoft Outlook Too stupid to describe
Hiding what the user needs to see
Misleading conclusions...
So what's the question?
Useless progress meters

Microsoft Paint The last place you'd look
Toolbar games
Mixed signals
Blind Man's Bluff

Microsoft Visual C++ Counterintuitive spin controls

Microsoft Visual J++ Geek verbal skills

Microsoft Visual SourceSafe 5.0 Hiding information behind scrolling tabs
Making files just a bit harder to find

Microsoft Visual Studio Kafkaesque options

Microsoft Web Wizard The Third Degree, Version 2
Poor Short-Term Memory
No pain - no gain
Between a rock and a hard place

Microsoft Word 6.0 Faulty Assumptions
Special rules we won't tell you
Confusing tab structure
Inconsistent tab rules
Confusing multi-row tabbed dialog
How the heck should I know?
Things we couldn't fit elsewhere

Microsoft Word 97 Aesthetics over good design?
Rube Goldberg message

Microsoft WordPad Get a clue!

Midi Orchestrator Saturday Night Fever

Mindspring's Pipeline+ Oh, is that what you meant?

Mountain Menus A tabbed toolbar?

MsgBox Mayhem Bells and Whistles

MultiEdit The absolute worst tabbed dialog?
Unnecessarily alarming the user

Mustek's ScanExpress Lessons on how not to localize an application

NetManage Ecco Sort limitations

Netscape Communicator Truly "artificial" intelligence

Netscape Navigator "A, B, C, it's easy as 0, 1, 2"
Hieroglyphics, or just bad symbols
Lack of intelligence
Subliminal messages
Too much information

Norton Anti-Virus 5.0 Foreigners not welcome

NoteBook Back arsewards buttons

Oracle Lite Exploration Not Permitted

Oracle SQL*Net Mixing commands, options, and meanings...

OrderWriter Isn't it obvious?

OzWin II I'm a lazy programmer!
The wrong tool for the job
Get your thinking caps on!

Paint Shop Pro Unfortunate defaults
Changing the way you use the product
Flawed recall
Options where none exist
Singular messages
Bait & Switch menu items

PaperPort Expensive Error Message

PMC for Windows Pay no attention to us...

PowerBuilder 5.0 Delayed gratification
Misguided priorities
Programmed inefficiency

Popkin's System Architect How not to resize a form

PowerSearch We could help you but we won't

PeopleSoft Unscrollable Scrollbars

PGP 5.5 Cryptic instructions

Psychedelic Screen Saver Tabs on acid (and a response from its creator)

Quickbooks 4.0 Hey that's not what I wanted!

ReadPlease 2000 In-depth review of gratuitous metaphor

RealPlayer 6.0 ...chicken or the egg?

ResSched Immediate-Action Menu Titles

RoboHelp No way out

Spidersoft's WebZip The insidious Hot Cursor metaphor
Necessary but hidden features
The problems with dynamic buttons

SQL-Windows Ambiguous Error Message
Hostile Menu Titles
Unhelpful Error Message


Time & Chaos Intrusive, Unnecessary Interruptions
Curiouser and Curiouser...
We don't need no stinkin' access keys
Left-click context menus?

trueSpace 2.0 An in-depth review

Quicken's TurboTax Say what you mean...
Can it really be trusted?

Rational's ClearCase A particularly irrational question

Siemens WebWasher Scrolling withing tabs

Socket Spy/32 The "Matched Pairs" Metaphor

TransSoft's FTP Control A fork in the road

Typograf Where's Waldo?

US Robotics Install What I meant was...

Visual Basic 5.0 A lesson in inconsistency
Way too much time on their hands
Confidence inspiring messages
Progressive inefficency
"Something's going on...but what?

Visual Forms Can't we all just get along?
See the Invisible Man!
Errors = 1/Feedback

Visual Fox Pro 3.0 Hardware incompatibilities

Visual Labels Command Non-Buttons
Drag from Toolbox?
Painful Exit Procedures
Mandatory Right-Click

Visual Portfolio Manager Tabs in lieu of menus

Watcom C++ Metaphors need to be apparent
Mor atention needed

WebEditPro Stop Helping Me!

Webforms Confusing Multi-row Tabs
Landscape Artistry
Painting by Numbers
Unreadable Status Bar
Stressful Colors and Alignment

Windows NT Since when is success an error?
Stupid NT message

Windows95 An in-depth review
In-depth: Uncommon file dialogs
Artificial Intelligence?
So, is it a floppy or a CD?
Just assume it knows what you want
'Problem' where none has occurred.
Single tabs are not OK
Improperly grouped tabs

Who's Where? Backwards design

Windows Help Designer Unhelpful ordering

Woodworkers Estimate Helper The difference between us and them

xBlock "We're Number 0!

ZDnet File Finder The difference between this and this

Zoc for Windows Tab sheets extraordinaire
Why even bother with toolbar images?
Angry command buttons

(General) How many ways can you spell 'Find'
Color Stereotypes
Fetch Me Some More Jargon
Can we fit any more options?
Drop-Downs are Easy, Let's use More
Thank Heavens for 31-inch Monitors
Do As I Mean
Hey, this 3-D stuff is great!
Computer geek-speak
999 Beers on the Wall...
Say what you mean - or else
Stoplight Metaphor
Available Space Metaphor

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