Jul 27 2007, 05:15 PM
I am working on the new interface for my software. I have looked around but been unsuccessful in seeing how others are professionally implementing the ribbon, split forms, and other new features of Access 2007. The Microsoft examples are simple 1 and 2 form applications with just a few fields and don't help quite as much because my application has lots of areas and many fields within each area.
It seems like there is such an opportunity to update interfaces that it would be a shame for an A2007 application to look just the same as an A2003 application.
Does anyone know of an online gallery or source of screenshots?
Here are current screenshots of the application:http://www.equinemax.com/images/screenshots/Mainscreen.jpghttp://www.equinemax.com/images/screenshots/general.jpg http://www.equinemax.com/images/screenshots/training.jpg
Jul 27 2007, 08:23 PM
Jul 27 2007, 10:47 PM
Very impressive interface
I have ACC2007, but I have not installed it yet and probably won't anytime soon...
Jul 31 2007, 02:18 PM
Very very nice. Pleasant for the eye also.
Is it BMP? And how and what did you use to make that background?
Jul 31 2007, 05:49 PM
Thanks for the nice comments on the interface
jurotek: The application is in Access 97 and all images are in BMP format. The icons in the 'home screen' area all have mouseovers that enlarge the icon (rotate out another bitmap) and a mousedon (rotate out a 3rd bitmap). That form has a lot of image controls and took a little while to setup, but it definitely has a rich feel.
I have downloaded some of the MS Access 2007 examples and am seeing most of their examples using 10 and 11 point fonts. It looks like the extra size from the increase to 1024 resolution will be offset because of the larger fonts.
Jul 31 2007, 06:05 PM
Thanx for reply. Always good to see new ideas.
Jul 31 2007, 08:48 PM
Nicely done Terrell! o!
Aug 1 2007, 03:58 PM
I really like what you've shown!
I like how the images relate to the action (e.g. outbound trailor for sales, inbound trailor for acquisitions, etc). I also like how the icons all look like they're from the same graphics program rather than an intermix of different graphic styles, sizes, and resolutions. Colors throughout are generally varying shades of brown/tan so it's not monotonous, yet you managed to keep enough contrast so it's easy to read the text.
Thanks for sharing, very inspirational. Makes me miss my days programming in Access.
Aug 25 2007, 05:56 PM
Nice work Terrell. You have done a nice job polishing your app. Checkout MPI Systems--they have converted their application to the ribbon.http://www.mpisystemsinc.com/scp.html
Aug 27 2007, 08:55 PM
Very very nice interface!
Aug 28 2007, 04:17 PM
very nice interface, my sister is into horses and i bet she would like that also. good skills
Sep 22 2007, 04:36 PM
THANKS! You've given some great food for thought. I was really wondering how to take advantage of the new design real estate and style. I'll be bookmarking your post for sure.
Sep 23 2007, 06:55 PM
Excellent job because the graphics have meaning that simplifies the use of it.
Oct 26 2007, 10:52 AM
Is all of this done in Access? I really like the tab format. Very Impressive. I am a beginner...just trying to learn.
Nov 8 2007, 05:47 PM
Your screens look extremely nice...! Where did you get the pictures do handle the mouse over and mouse click...? Did you make all three yourself...?
Also, I have a question for you regarding resolutions and how you handle it with your application... I know how to do the center form thing, but how to you handle the many different resolutions that users can be using...?
I've taken one of your screenshots and attached it to show the problem I run into A LOT.... The top one is what a user with the small rez would see (grey lines are not shown but only viewable by scrolling over) The bottom one is what a user would see with a high rez...
And yes, I did this amazing art work in MS Paint...
Nov 8 2007, 05:48 PM
Dec 20 2008, 03:41 PM
How did you get the tabs to display in the tan color?
I tried using transparant tabs - but the tops are white
Feb 21 2009, 11:04 AM
It's been a long time since I updated this thread, but I just released the Access 2007 version of this software in mention. Screenshots can be viewed at http://www.equinemax.com/screenshots.aspx
Access 2007 was such a pleasant surprise to work with since it now supports transparent PNG files - this alone saved me hours of time. The ribbon took some getting used to, but also was much more enjoyable than the old toolbars.
AB: I created a custom class object and used images for all of the tabs. it was very messy but it did hide the Access 97 tabs
In my Access 2007 version, I went back to the regular Access tabs.
Feb 23 2009, 11:23 AM
Nice updates. I'm really impressed with the graphics, including the ribbon. Also, really like the website for demo'ing the application.
Cheers for the great work o!
Mar 23 2009, 05:06 PM
Really great screens! They are impressive and inspiring.
I have a question about the tabs on the forms. Did you say you created a custom class that used the forms (in Access 2007). I would like to use the same format you have for the tabbed forms. (You have the following forms tabbed in your screenshot tour: EquineMax Home, Horses, Contact, Calendar). I'm curious how you did it.
Apr 3 2009, 08:42 PM
The initial post was of our Access 97 interface and it had a custom class for the tabs, however, the new screenshots of our Access 2007 version are using the default Access tabs.
The small tabs you are referring to are the defaults that Access 2007 uses when working in a tabbed layout. You can set this by going to the Office Button > Access Options > Current Database and choose the "Tabbed Documents" radio button.
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