Bring back the "VISUAL" in visual studio
Visual studio used to have a kick *** interface. However, everything about the 2012 interface looks.. amateurish.
-The icon looks like something a 3 year old did.
-The lack of depth makes the whole thing jump into my face.
-The upper cased menus are screaming at me (try posting on a forum in all caps... see what the response is).
In a nutshell, whoever designed the interface needs to go back to the grade school I'm sure they dropped out of and finish their education. Maybe get a job at a fast food place running a cash register... Because they have zero talent for making a good looking UI.
We have incredibly high resolution monitors that can render beautiful images. To go all grey (or black) is such a step backwards that I can not believe this really passed user testing.
You'll notice that iPhones went from this type of boring UI and changed to using high res displays with lots of good color. You should have also noticed that this was exactly what people wanted.. and they sold like hotcakes.
In the old days people scrambled to get color monitors just to get away from the ho-hum grayness of working with a machine all day. To send us backwards is irritating at best and abusive at worst.
Please, make Visual Studio look good again.
I don't care about metro, or whatever your calling it these days. I figure it'll take 3 years for you to figure out what a mistake that is and fix it. In the meantime, let me keep the Win7 look.
Note, I wouldn't post anything if I didn't care. I do. I want to use the best. This, well, isn't. It's not even a "good effort". Instead, it looks like something that was slapped together at the last minute.
please change the IDE Color themes and icons.
It`s realy like COMMODORE 64 'GEOS' os.
Whenever I remember the new 'UI' Iget upset and I`m thinking that how can I endure it?
Keith Hill commented
I love the UI as it stands in VS 2013 and especially when compared to VS 2010. If the all caps menu bothers you that much, disable it with this registry setting:
John Hennesey commented
All the haters aside, the UI for vs 2013 is really hard to get used to. So is windows 8.1. And the upper case... I'm sure it all looks good on a tablet, but who programs on a tablet? Common sense needs to take over, please. :)
I don't know why Microsoft don't listen to us, we are the ones who are using the system 16 hour everyday. This metro is **** for developers. I installed windows 7 and visual studio 2010 back
Christophe Keller commented
The icons in VS 2012 are just too hard to understand and don't make sense, just give us the choice to use the efficient icon set of VS 2010.
AND DISABLE THE ALL CAPS, DAMMIT!
Although I have found that I like the new user interface because it is a lot less distracting with fewer colors, the all-caps menu does get on my nerves; not because it looks bad, but because it is really distracting. I can't keep my eyes off of it because it just looks so out of place.
Everything you do with a computer generally begins with your eyes so I would say Yes, we are spending all of our time staring at the interface. I agree VS2013 is better looking than VS2012 but how does VS2012 rate when compared to VS2010? We all have an opinion and that's a good thing really.
It's beginning to sound more and more like there's going to be some major changes to Windows based on consumer feedback towards Windows 8/8.1 It is my sincere wish MS gets it right in this next go-around. If there's going to be a desktop version optimized for mouse and keyboard then it's a good time to put the visual back into Visual Studio. Personally, I would like to see the desktop restored to something as visually good as Windows 7 and along with this, re-skin Visual Studio to be compatible with all of the visual features. In my opinion, we lost a lot of visual ground with Windows 8 and Metro.
Lets move forward from this point. I think there's a good argument to be made to re-style if the rumors are true. And if I was Microsoft - I would share my plans going forward more freely. If your development community tells you it doesn't look too good - it probably doesn't look too good.
One developer doesn't know everything but as a group we certainly have something to offer.
Florian S. commented
I think VS 2013 solved a lot of it. IMHO, the IDE as of today looks much more modern and less cluttered than in the past (and I've used VS since the .NET versions). And I don't really get the big issue some people have with capitalized menu headers... I mean, hello? Are you working with the IDE or are you spending your time staring at the menu headers? I don't even notice what they look like exactly anymore because I just click and select the stuff because I know where to find it. And people who misinterpret a design decision to make them all upper case with "now they are screaming at me!" perhaps spent too much time in mind-dumbing chat rooms...
No offense - if I'd to decide over it, I'd just put a checkbox in Settings "Use capitalized menu headers". That'd be it. Problem solved. ;)
MS needs Metro apps, many and quickly, but everyone with a brain and two eyes hates Metro. So MS smart thinking was this. We first inculcate this UI to our developers, we force it on them, we brag about it, we brain wash them with it. Then they'll start thinking only with Metro UI and they'll develop them and here they are: Metro apps used by Metro people with Metro money. YES! that's what we want, a menu screaming METRO MONEYS at me all the day!
This is seriously one of the most important things in my mind. When 2010 came out it was the most wonderful piece of software on my desktop. Now it's just kinda ******. All in UI terms, here.
I found the solution for this quite some time ago - using Linux. If you really like C# use Mono. If you really like something in Windows, use WINE (or even to run a program in Windows Forms). Problem solved.
Microsoft have just stopped listening to their users - pity as they use to and had better products then!
To all frustrated Visual Studo 2013 users:
Use the new Feedback-Feature of Visual Studio 2013 to give feedback EVERY TIME you are frustrated about something (i.e. the poor UI).
Visual Studio 2013:
The UI is still ****! That bit more color in some few icons is ridiculous.
Icons don't have to be stylish, they are no decoration, they have to be informative. One important part of that information is color. If you take away color, you take away an important part (at least 50%) of the information. Without the color, you have to have a closer look at the shape of the icon.
But if it were not enough to take away the color, MS changed the shape of every(!) icon, some more, some less, but they changed, without any need, just for the f####ing Metro style.
All those morons, that find, changing the icons was a good idea, should try to work with it all day, all week.
What a mess. I'm that disappointed.
Sorry Anonymus, but for me 2013 IS perfect ! Just the right balance between color and black/white to find the right icon in one wimp. After working one week with it I find it even better (compared with 2010, and when I see 2010 now, it looks even like an annoying palette of colors ;-)
Metro and the design philosophy behind it is probably something that came out of a kindergarten art class.
I just smirk everytime I see metro inspired bile, basically it just means the product works as **** as it looks.
Consumers are seeing just how **** win8 metro is, and Visual Studio has made me start using Eclipse IDE and working with Java more these days.
@William Bosacker ...probably true
VS2013 ist not that much better. There's a bit more color in some icons, but it is still hard to work with it. Unfortunately I have to.
@William Bosacker : uhhh Metro=Microsoft NOT google...
vs 2012 & 2013 is ugly as ****!!! why why why..... bring back the old 2010 UI !
@William Bosacker save for your comment about PhD's(!) agree 100%.
There must have been zero amount of real user testing for both Windows 8 (also 8.1 unless 'its not as bad' counts as a positive endorsement) and Visual Studio.
Both Microsoft and Apple have screwed up on their latest UI, there is nothing to commend either of them and they both break the golden rule of not doing Change for Changes sake,
Kids in charge maybe , but probably unfair to kids!
UPPER CASE MENU TEXT is really annoying. So VSCommands is always my first extension after a fresh install to return to sentence case.
And I would like a compacter layout. The borders between the different window parts is 7 pixel in vs2013, the window title hight seems to be 40 pixels. Both could be reduced to give space for an additional line of code.