I just tried Alias Automotive for the first time, and I’m amazed by how laughably bad the UI design is. Even the 2010 version, looks like it hasn’t updated its UI since 1990.
I guess this is the fault of them being in a monopoly-like position in the automotive area, sort of like Adobe is in the graphics design area? (Don’t get me started on Adobe…)
How do the people who work with this cope? I mean, you are designers for crying out loud, yet forced to work with such ugly and counter-intuitive software. It’s like being back in the dark ages again, Michelangelo laying on his back on rickety scaffolding, painting the Sixtine Chapel by candle light, having paint drip into his eyes and going periodically blind from it.
As quoted in another thread, “we shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us” (Marshall McLuhan), so I expect a lot of Stockholm Syndrome answers to this thread. But I ask you: Just look at Solidworks, Cinema4D or Modo. Wouldn’t you rather that the UI is Alias looked like that? (And I would add, “was logically structured like they are”, but again, if you are terribly used to Alias you probably don’t see how infuriatingly bad it is.)
Even worse is that when I downloaded the newly released Mac OS X version of Alias, NOTHING WORKED! I couldn’t dock toolbars or sidebars. Clicking menu options did nothing. Not even the undo worked. And they sell this?