Why the Ribbon? The introduction of the Ribbon in Office 2007 streamlined common user tasks and prioritized functionality based on the "average user". Contextual Ribbons that appear based on the user's situation improve our ability to easily find functionality relevant to the task.
However, if you are supporting groups of expert Word users you may have discovered an endless parade of Tabs from third-party software add-ins or encountered Word users frustrated as they try to find and utilize complex functionality vital to their roles. With no functionality to customize the Ribbon in 2007, options to address this area are limited.
Fortunately, in Word 2010 Microsoft provides a resource to further configure native Word Ribbons, but many document intensive organizations are discovering that this functionality is basic, limited and unintended for the complex modifications that effectively address their needs.
Needless to say, this leaves the current Word environment short of bringing the same efficiency designed for the average user to the level that enhances the workflow of someone working on a complex legal document or on a 400 page Clinical Study Report.
With the DocXtools Ribbon Designer functionality, you can:
If you still aren't sure how Microsystems improves your ability to enhance the Ribbon interface for document-intensive users, check out the functionality matrix.
Learn how Nixon Peabody LLP worked with Microsystems to create an easy-to-maintain tab on the extensible Ribbon in Word 2010 that improves visibility into firm-specific tools by reading the Microsoft Case Study.