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More gnome menu rev


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More gnome menu rev

More gnome menu rev

Link:  http://el64.blogspot.com
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Submitted:  Nov 13 2007


A revision of my other gnome menu. This is more clear and also includes the same that the applications, places and system menu of the default gnome menu.

I will try to explain the main ideas:
On half left, Applications menu.
Is similar as now but with some elements added:
It includes launchers on top (the less distance from the mouse pointer) of the favorite applications (equal as the launchers of the gnome panel).
Below the launchers, the filter. It shows all coincidences on its menu and if we select a category, it shows its filtered results.
Another new category is included: "All categories", that permits show all programs, ordered by categories and so.
We have also another new category: recent applications. It shows the most recent programs used. On extended visualization of the applications menu (clicking on "extend") this can be the default category.

With a lot of applications is hard to find some. We need to create subcategories. Clicking on each category icon, open subcategories and its default launchers (favorite launchers), placed on left to clicking easier. On middle, does the same as now, but ordered by subcategories..

On half right, a mix of places and system menu.
On top, gnome control panel, or the preferences and administration menus.
Below this, Home folder and Other places menu. This includes all favorite places (desktop, videos, downloads, etc). Recent documents is another menu related, and search also.
Below, as places menu, a network group, and below, help and about.
Finally, close and power off.

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 by chaoskaizer on: Nov 14 2007
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Sweet thanks, my menu is more organize now

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 Nice idea, but...

 by freakcode on: Nov 14 2007
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- Mixing applications and places only makes the menu bigger, not faster than menubar.

- Most of users dont have a lot of apps, as on the example, 5 different web browsers. So subcategories arent needed for most people. But, I do agree that Audio & Video should be split up.

- The "extend" adds complexity, no need to increase time and clicks needed to reach an app.

- The search box is a great idea, but one can already use ALT+F2 or Deskbar to open apps by name, so there's no reason to take the time to click the menu first and then type the app name.

I guess that this type of menu will appeal to Win-users only, as I dont see it working well within Gnome philosophy. You can see SLAB example, I dont know other distro than SuSE that includes it by default.

One thing to note, is that the menu specification is not Gnome-only, its a FreeDesktop.org specification, so your modifications (sub-categories) needed to be adopted on all desktops (KDE, XFCE, Enlightenment, ...).

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 Re: Nice idea, but..

 by el64 on: Nov 17 2007
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The menu is bigger, but shows all options with only one click. A lot of people looks around all three menus always to find something. Three menus is good teorically, but not in practice.

Web browsers only are an example. If there are only one program for one category, subcategories are good also. It helps to know what is the use of the program, that only shows its name. Nevertheless, this can be a menu option or it can be activated when we have a lot of programs. On the other hand, languages other than english, gnome makes dificult to find a program because it says, for example, in spanish, "navegador web Firefox". If we see "Navegador web" (web browser) subcategory and "Firefox" into, we find things a lot easier.

Extend is only a button that permits to show all programs in another view. Nobody forces you to click on it always.

Average people don't press ALT+F2. By default, gnome panel don't have deskbar. On this menu, this is a default that don't uses space on gnome panel and helps average people.

Slab menu and others makes things dificult. This menu has all things that gnome menu has directly.
Is very bad to make things worse than others (as windows) because we need to do things always distinct as others do. Gnome suffers a lot with this. If Kde makes this, we make that, etc.
I think that is better a fixed top menu (you can see my other mockups), but I think this is the perfect alternative to that.

I know that is a FreeDesktop.org specification. We need to update this specification!

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