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Here you thought that Windows 7 wasn’t going to bring that “killer” feature we’ve all been waiting for. Well, you were wrong… big time! The third milestone of Windows 7 has been shown off to what appears to be a small group of people, and in it users are noticing that apps like Paint and Wordpad are adopting the Office 2007 Ribbon style interface. UX Evangelist managed to snag a screen capture of the new Paint interface, and all joking aside it does look a little snazzy.

Now that Microsoft is moving some more of their own apps over to the Ribbon interface I think that other third-party programs may look a little deeper to see if it would be feasible for what they have to offer. Unfortunately this type of interface doesn’t work great for every program, but I wouldn’t mind seeing what certain apps (such as Photoshop) would be like with a Ribbon. Some programs have already gone this route, and the commercial screen capture utility SnagIt is the first one that comes to my mind.

Unfortunately no screenshot of the revamped Wordpad was provided, but I think the ribbon interface would fit very well with that as well. If these two redesigned apps don’t make you want to buy Windows 7 I don’t know what will!

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  1. Great, I have emailed MS about three times trying to get the team responsible for this to do so…. great to see something happen.

  2. It’s about time
    The person that original wrote Paint, has wrote a paint replacment free at getpaint.net

    It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool.

  3. i thought they would use paint.net as a ms paint replacement in windows 7 aswell as its a excellent program also i was expecting a screenshot of paint.net

  4. “If these two redesigned apps don’t make you want to buy Windows 7 I don’t know what will!”

    Ryan, Ryan, Ryan! Is that tongue in cheek? You really think most people want a “Ribbon” Paint and Wordpad over an OS that’s non-bloat, responsive, not a memory hog, file copying actually works….etc. etc. need I go on?

    That’s the geek in you talking… ;)

  5. Cool, looks like they are going with the “ribbon” interface.

  6. I’m still waiting for Microsoft to announce the killer feature that lets you control (or launch) any program using a keyboard shortcut and then typing in natural language. :idea: Fingers crossed anyway.

    And has any one noticed that the office/paint button has changed so that it now looks rather confusingly like another tab on the ribbon.

  7. Looks cool. I think menubarless is the way to go. MS is really the pioneer on this front, w/ WinExplorer, Office, IE7… Google Chrome’s masterful take on this is probably the biggest reason I prefer it.

  8. Movie Maker gets the ribbon too. It’s available for download at download.live.com.

  9. Richard wrote:
    i thought they would use paint.net as a ms paint replacement in windows 7 aswell as its a excellent program also i was expecting a screenshot of paint.net

    I was expecting that to happen at some point as well. Generally speaking I think Paint.NET is too much for most people, and that this new version of Paint will be just what everyone needs. It will definitely be better than the current Paint.

    Michael Dobrofsky wrote:
    “If these two redesigned apps don’t make you want to buy Windows 7 I don’t know what will!”

    Ryan, Ryan, Ryan! Is that tongue in cheek?

    It was definitely meant to be a joke. ;)

    netster007x wrote:
    Looks cool. I think menubarless is the way to go. MS is really the pioneer on this front, w/ WinExplorer, Office, IE7… Google Chrome’s masterful take on this is probably the biggest reason I prefer it.

    I would definitely like to see the menubar fade into darkness, but I think it will still be needed for some apps. Certain programs don’t seem to fit in well with a ribbon-style interface.

  10. Hopefully it will allow us to choose colours other than that hideous blue (the way Office 2007 does). Also I’d prefer an orb to that odd tab-ish button though. Otherwise it looks quite promising I guess. Any word on whether or not it will handle PNG’s properly and will it finally include layers? Otherwise I may as well keep trying to reskin Paint.NET for OS integration.

  11. Xaviar wrote:
    Hopefully it will allow us to choose colours other than that hideous blue (the way Office 2007 does). Also I’d prefer an orb to that odd tab-ish button though. Otherwise it looks quite promising I guess. Any word on whether or not it will handle PNG’s properly and will it finally include layers? Otherwise I may as well keep trying to reskin Paint.NET for OS integration.

    Yeah, I’m not a big fan of the blue in Office 2007 either. I always switch it to silver or black. Hopefully we can do the same with these apps.

  12. Please help,i want to know how to get Paint 07 on your vista.

  13. thanks but xp paint better:
    [mspaintxp.com]

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