Now that 2012 is out of the bag I can take time to cover some of the smaller interface and design changes that made it into the product and might otherwise be overlooked. Today I'll review the type selector.
TS in Ribbon
When the type selector moved to the modeless properties palette some expressed a desire to get it back in the ribbon. More choices for you.
A small change in type names now align under the family name in the type selector drop down. Previously type names were justified under the center of the image which created issues when trying to quickly scan the list. This is very subtle but was easy so we knocked it off in the spirit of any positive change is good no matter how small and we should take opportunities when they present themselves.
TS in Sketch Mode
Saving best for last the type selector is now enabled inside sketch mode. This was a very old behavior fixed. I'll spare anyone the technical reasons why the button in the property dialog was disabled in 2011 but it was the same in pre 2011 releases though we did have a special property button that would bring up the type dialog then. Now in 2012 the normal type button is enabled. Kudos to the UI team for coming back to remove this inconsistent behavior that I know was source of annoyance. -erik