thank you taking an interest! I love the idea behind the menu and hence love thinking about making it even more foolproof.
Am Sonntag, den 06.05.2007, 03:38 +0200 schrieb Alberto Passalacqua:
So the lock screen command is a fast shortcut which eliminates the need to add the "lock screen" applet to the panel :-)
True. Though this is rather a rare use-case. But you could argue in a similar way that one needs a button for 'workspaces' in the menu.
That reminds me, there was a wonderfully insightful blog-entry about how choice can bring upon confusion and thus void choice (not completely unrelated): http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2006/11/21.html
So put the 'install software'-button next to the 'More...'-button in the menu/the app-browser, where the user will need it.
Hmm. Maybe it's functional (I'm not convinced) but it looks terrible.
What would you say; would it look good if was placed like an application-button? Here's a new go at the menu:
Moreover I would love to see that More... disappear and be replaced by an arrow which opens the full menu (XP style, to be clear) and not the application browser.
It would be kind of a break of consistency to introduce a pop-up menu but I see that it would be practical. But couldn't you try to keep it flat and not collapsing? Especially older people tend to get easily frustrated when they move the cursor a little and sub-menus disappear again.
How about this - you could either make the menu behave like its KDE-counterpart and scroll column by column:
App-browser: http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/9922/appbrowsermockup2lj4.png App-browser scrolling: http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/129/appbrowsermockup2scrollvb0.png
Or you could let it extend horizontally like this:
I feel that splitting the menu vertically in two parts make it cleaner. But it's probably just a question of habits.
I only opted for the vertical separation because horizontally splitting we end up with much more 'dead space'.
System info in the third mockup are definetly too small to be read!
Yes; I would imagine a simple status-bar would do for the disk-space and a simple symbol for on-/offline? Enough to almost subconsciously realize that everything's in working order (or not)?