|Adobe Acrobat||Rewriting the (control) rules|
|AK-Mail||Protecting users from themselves|
|Apple QuickTime 4.0 Player||An in-depth review
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|
A critical non-error
|Classified!||Time-Wasting Calendar Control|
|Click & Print Certificates||The Style "Buddy"
|Compuserve WinCim||The Third Degree I
The Third Degree II
Only her hairdresser knows for sure
Eh? Say again Sonny?
|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
|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
|Homesite 4.0||Unnecessarily interrupting the user...|
|HP ScanJet||Help is waaaay over there...|
|IBM Aptiva Communication Center||Copping an attitude
Novelty for novelty's sake
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
|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|
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?
|Microsoft Explorer||Exploring a cave without a light
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
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
Character-Based Interface Design
An alternative definition of success
Silly Toolbar Design
|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
|Microsoft Office 97||Sickeningly Cute
Show and tell
Dissention among the ranks
A misguided file dialog "fix"
|Microsoft Outlook||Too stupid to describe
Hiding what the user needs to see
So what's the question?
Useless progress meters
|Microsoft Paint||The last place you'd look
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
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
Options where none exist
Bait & Switch menu items
|PaperPort||Expensive Error Message|
|PMC for Windows||Pay no attention to us...|
|PowerBuilder 5.0||Delayed gratification
|Popkin's System Architect||How not to resize a form|
|PowerSearch||We could help you but we won't|
|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
|Team Flow Server||"DON'T TOUCH THAT BUTTON!"|
|Time & Chaos||Intrusive, Unnecessary Interruptions
Curiouser and Curiouser...
I'M SHOUTING AND I DON'T KNOW WHY
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|
|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
"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
|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
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
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'
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!
999 Beers on the Wall...
Say what you mean - or else
Available Space Metaphor