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Yet another idea about improvements
to the K menu.
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17 years ago

It looks like i wasn't making myself clear
enough about what i'm trying to suggest here. so i made yet another drawing,
this one shows how a menu could look like
but with all special items DISABLED.

now the first screenshot shows the full
menu with the mail notification and such,
and the second one shows how it would
look like without them.

(The way the submenu opens up remains
part of my personal wishlist ;o))

Damian

WinterWolf

18 years ago

Of course, I'm talking the concept, some of the graphics need work and the text doesen't make much sense in some places. For example one of the entries is called applications, others are called multimedia and office which are also applications :o. I also agree mail shouldn't be in the menu, but I'm glad it now has some big icons.

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damiancito

18 years ago


well, i took those categories from
Mandrake's menu. The idea of an
"applications" section is to have
a common place to throw programs
that fit no other category...

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damiancito

18 years ago

About the "Other Places" item:
This is what i think meant with his "devices" item.

Please note that while i took the time to draw and
entire menu, the only part i wanted to show here
was an idea about integrating dynamic info to the menu
(such as Uptime and other stats, computer name,
logged users (the "user's documents should use the logged user's
name i.e. "Damiancito's Home Directory"), and incoming mail
notification --tho i still believe that one belongs in the kicker tray)

now i wanna hear CRITICISM! but the useful
kind of it, please. ;o)

see ya.

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salmankhilji

18 years ago

The menu looks beautiful. One thing that my 0.02 cents tell me that this menu (and the one from XP) is for stupid users only (Grandma?). Experienced Linux geeks like us are okay with the current menus.

So does Grandma really care about uptime, logged in users etc?

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uga

18 years ago

Yes :) That's what I meant. Maybe not really well described as I see...

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wismerhill

18 years ago

I don't think the menu is the good place for this kind of informations, that would rather be some kicker plugin.
Anyway I think your design is really beautifull, I particularly like the way you designed the submenu.
If you (or someone else) would be able to code a theme with menus like that that would be really cool.

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seb

18 years ago

i really like this idea.

The menu looks a little XP-ish, but that is ok, it looks professional and an excellent colour scheme choice.

with the stats, also an excellent idea, and i especially like the email notifier.

Perhaps you could put a clock as well? or a plugin feature if possible - where user defined stats can be shown

It seems a little like gkrellm, but i would definitely use this over gkrellm.

I dont really knw what to criticise though... :)

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PARENA

18 years ago

In the menu? How slow do you want KDE to become? ;)

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kbeaumont

18 years ago

It doesn't have to be slow. If the dynamic stuff is kept in memory, maybe a daemon running in the background with one single process like gkrellm does. Most of the dynamic information is in the form of text. The daemon would parse information from the /proc virtual filesystem, the system clock and lookup appointment information from korganizer. The Daemon would update itself independent of the menus so their would be no lag time. This could also be a feature that is easily switched off.

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aergern

18 years ago

How can we be talking about innovation one minute and about stepping away from XP/Aquaish stuff..when this looks very, very XPish. I'm highly confused.

I'm not saying I don't like it. It's way more interesting then the default KDE menu's..but it's too close to be innovative.

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damiancito

18 years ago


yea, i do realize the double-panel
reminds of XP... however i thought
it's worth it, since it makes the
menu much easier to organize.

about the clock.. sure, i thought about
it myself, but later discarded the idea,
since the kicker bar already gives you
one ;o)

hey, plug-in support really is a good idea! that Reminder and Mail
stats uga posted a while ago could
be optional plug-ins...

thanks for the positive input. i hope
the next major KDE release includes
some of this (assuming the rest of
the ppl like it ;oP )

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17 years ago

It looks like i wasn't making myself clear
enough about what i'm trying to suggest here. so i made yet another drawing,
this one shows how a menu could look like
but with all special items DISABLED.

now the first screenshot shows the full
menu with the mail notification and such,
and the second one shows how it would
look like without them.

(The way the submenu opens up remains
part of my personal wishlist ;o))

Damian

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