I want to thank everyone for all of the terrific feedback we received on our first pair of tool window tab designs for Visual Studio 2005. As of right now, we've gotten 124 comments, which is really outstanding!

I've been working with our designer, Corrina, to modify the tab designs we showed before in response to your feedback. The general consensus we received centered around a few key points:

  • It was hard to tell which tab had focus based upon colors in design 1.
  • Tab design 2 had a "Windows 2000" appearance, as opposed to a more WinXP-inspired design.
  • Tab design 2 made determining the active tab a no-brainer.

So, with this in mind we'd like to get some feedback on the following matchups.

First, we will present two new tab designs (Design 3 and Design 4). Please rate these two designs in the comments just like before. Second, please compare your favorite of the two new designs to Design 2 from the last blog entry and include this information in your comment as well.

Design 3:
Please rate Design #3 on a scale of 1-7 (strongly disagree to strongly agree):
1. It is very easy to see which tab is active.
2. The tabs are aesthetically pleasing.

Design 4:
Please rate Design #4 on a scale of 1-7 (strongly disagree to strongly agree):
1. It is very easy to see which tab is active.
2. The tabs are aesthetically pleasing.

Compare the Two Groups:
Finally, of the design above that you preferred (#3 or #4), do you like it more or less than Design #2 from the previous entry?

Please let us know what you think! We'd love to get just as much feedback on this as we did before :)