Archive for mai 2007

Vertical menu bar

mai 31, 2007

Currently horizontal, one puts the menu bar vertically. It could be display in a lateral pane or as a floating pallet. Two options at least for accessing to the menus : one at once, that needs a root menu or a selector; one expands them separately.
What do we gain by this way? Mainly some space. If each menu’s entries are illustrated by an icon, one could reduced the width of the pane to the size of the icons and one gets there something like a toolbar. Though, and depending the localization, the function’s name can be long, not mentioning the keyboard shortcuts, all that takes a little bit more space.
At a first glance, it would be less productive than the current position but one can display continuously a menu and without covering the canvas. That helps for the beginner to know the different functions of the app, and to relate the icons of the toolbars. This is maybe the main interest of this idea after all. One can in this sense keep the current menu bar, but its content is displayed in a lateral pane or a pallet

vertical menu bar

Horizontal files system navigation

mai 22, 2007

Currently, the UI presents the things horizontally or vertically. One tries to invert that to see what can be done.

The files system navigation seems to be a good candidate. The display in columns from OS X is an approach in this sense, however, folders and files of a given directory are still displayed from the top to the bottom. One suggests here to display them from the left to the right as below:

horizontal navigation

The white area is the content of a given directory and such disposition allows the user to expand independantly the folders of this area, thing that one can’t do with the OS X’s approach. In the picture above, the second folder is expanded (in blue) as well as the fourth (in green). In this latter an other folder is expanded (in pink), this is the usual display as list.
Besides the usual navigation tools (back, forward, scrolling bar…) a navigation window seems to be more convenient since one has here a presentation like a map. One could use also the separator lines as grip and move the map in every direction.

This display has the advantage to bring an overview and a representation, like a map, of the archiving. It is as well closed to a spreadsheet since each top folder can be seen as a field, and as well one could split the window as in a spreadsheet, thus, one can compare folders which are too distant between them. In the end one could apply here all the spreadsheet’s functionalities concerning display and maybe more upon the files system itself.