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Old 05-07-2012, 09:48 AM   #1563
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Originally Posted by Altis View Post
"Software without bugs does not exist", sure. But MFT glitches on many of its functions on a daily basis. I've driven those Chrysler/Dodge vehicles for months now, and they have never once missed a beat, or even taken longer than 0.5 seconds to respond.

MFT wasn't a cluster#$% before, I don't think. MFT3 has tons of empty, unused screen space. It wouldn't be so bad to show the full RDS data in the huge empty space that is FM, would it? Or to show the phone's battery life in the yellow bar?
I guess it would be cool to have the battery life there, but certainly not necessary. Really, how often do you need to check your battery life that you need to see it all the time? If it's draining that fast, perhaps a new phone would be a better investment.

I do not want to see the screen cluttered up like the old version. Too many little things make it too busy. Not to mention, they cause unnecessary distractions to drivers.

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As for "UI experts", the closest I know are a couple recent Graphic Design and Computer Science grads. They don't see MFT3 as any sort of improvement, but rather a sneaky way to improve performance by getting rid of complex graphics. There's no excuse for the grey block on the Inputs panel that's empty when you scroll down to page 2 (which you now have to for BT Audio, because AM gets its own block). There's no reason for the incredibly huge pause/seek buttons in BT audio.
I work with people everyday with CS degrees, I'm one of them. I see plenty of people that have TERRIBLE taste in UI design. There's a reason we're behind the scenes. I know graphic designers who are amazing that could not design an intuitive UI if their life depended on it. I'm far from an expert, but I can certainly see v3 easily trumps v2.

And I highly doubt removing some graphics (complex??) attributed to the improved performance. Much more likely they did as they said: they rebuilt it.

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There's also no reason I can think of to reduce the vibrance of the colours. I can't fathom how that would have been an issue to anyone, so why make it appear more grey rather than colourful?
Actually, the first thing I thought of when I saw that Chrysler interface was: could they make it look more bland? Even if there are just colors in the four quadrants on MFT, it brightens it up a lot more than the Chrysler one. Maybe it's just the video.

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I'm not saying they should make it look as complex as the Chrysler system... which really isn't that difficult to use. But they made it way too simple, to the point where it still looks like a project, a work in progress. Too many blocks with no polish. Too much empty space. There's no point in having such a big screen if most of it is completely empty.
It's not necessarily that it would be difficult to use, i.e. finding stuff. However, while driving, I don't think it would be the best to use. I can change the screen on MFT without even looking. I know that all I have to do is hit a corner. I would love to see you guess where the navigation is on this Chrysler interface.

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And again, why not make the handicap accessibility sized icons and fonts an option? (For those who bought something then decided it's too complicated). Everyone keeps trying to slam those who don't like the new MFT design, but we bought something and then it was changed on us. How about those people who bought it and complained to Ford that it's too complicated?
Once again, this wasn't a dumbing down, it cleaned up the screen. I fail to see how you could say it's any less complicated. It's the same interface, just looks 100 times better without all the clutter.

And herein lies the problem: no one can accept change. Let's ignore the fact that the screen is no longer cluttered and just complain because it doesn't look exactly the same.
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