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Menubar mockup


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Menubar mockup

Menubar mockup

Link:  Link
Downloads:  7111
Submitted:  Aug 20 2007
Updated:  Aug 26 2007


This is just a mockup of some ideas I had about how to improve the looks/ functionality of the menubar.

Current problem(s):
  • It is often difficult to quickly find a particular program in a menu because of the number of items.

  • Sometimes difficult to tell which submenu to look in for a particular program

  • The current menu isn't easily themed to fit in with compiz / beryl themes.

  • Good points about the current menubar:
  • Top level division into Applications / Places / System

  • My Solution

  • Keep the three menu approach, it's clear and intuitive.

  • Integrate search functionality into each menu.

  • Update the visual elements, ensuring that they are easily customised to suit the user's theme.

  • Drag and drop menu configuration. search area is a normal component which can be added, removed, placed anywhere in the menu. (Not shown in this mockup)

  • Other Points:
    - code from deskbar could be re-used

    Before anyone starts going on about the colour scheme being too vista-ish... these colours were chosen because they would it in with my current emerald theme (Scaled_Black).

    I will post more illustrative images of how I see the menu working when I get a chance.

    Credit where credit's due:
    The icon theme is nuoveXT 1.6 http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/nuoveXT?content=26448
    Background: off Deviant Art, I'll post a link when I track it down again.
    Other inspiration from:


    Aug 21 2007 - Added a second screenshot with some notes

    Aug 22 2007 - uploaded a more technical summary. Available through the download links.

    Aug 24 2007 - Added a third page of technical stuff. Covers how I propose to deal with look&feel and some options for the search. (including phrodo00's suggestion)

    Aug 26 2007 - To celebrate the fact the menu mockup has been downloaded 500 times, I've put some example "screenshots" of how the menu would look under two different beryl themes; Adonis_Mod and SlateHorn_Yellow. They're not the best quality, but hopefully they give some idea of the way the look of the menu would change with different themes.

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     Status Update

     by KidProQuo on: Oct 13 2008
    Score 50%

    I haven't completely forgotten about this mockup. I have spent quite a bit of time refining the design of the menubar and working out how all the bits will work together. I'll try and get them online sometime soon.

    The plan at the moment is to get stuck into trying to code this up once my exams are finished in mid-November.

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