Command cleanup: Menus, again

This is basically going to be an image-based post.

I’ve talked about command organization before, but now I’ve actually mocked it up. The following are not standard menus — they might include split buttons, galleries, color pickers, etc. Plus they change based on context (so when you have text selected, you get a “Text” menu, an “Image” menu with an image selected, etc.). This is done to minimize the number of dialogs in LibO, as dialogs are annoying and break workflow. On those operating systems that can’t handle these menus (Mac OS X and Ubuntu, perhaps, as they both use global menus), LibO should offer dialog windows instead.

This application menu will look a bit different on each platform. On Mac OS X and Gnome, it will integrate with the platform’s application menu. On Windows and desktop environments that allow widgets in the title bar, the menu will be in the title bar (à la Firefox). And everywhere else, it will be a standard menu. And here’s the rest of the menus:

Note: These mockups are based on the theming section of gnome-design git master branch. I’m not sure who the author of the theme is, so props to everyone involved. I’ll add a name if it surfaces.

P. S. Sorry for letting the blog stagnate for such a long time. I’m planning to post more now, but I can’t promise anything.

10 thoughts on “Command cleanup: Menus, again

  1. Hi there, all your mockups look great. Perhaps you should join the LibreOffice Design team to see if they can make your mockups into something that works.
    Keep up the great work

    1. Heh, I’m actually part of the team, but it’s true that I don’t do very much. Actually, it’d be fair to say that I don’t do anything at all (save respond to a few e-mails). The main reason for that is that the team is still in the middle of kicking off, and sweeping UI changes are not on the table yet.

      1. Hi. That’s really good to hear and wish you and the rest of the LibreOffice community the best of look for the future. Will LibreOffice have a different UI in a few years times compared to OpenOffice.org etc.?

      2. It’s hard to say, for a number of reasons.
        First of all, there hasn’t really been a consensus on wider-reaching UI reform for LibreOffice, and it seems that such a project doesn’t have the highest priority right now. I’d wait for the Design Team Kick-off to finish to start a serious discussion.
        Second of all, there’s been no word on what will become of OpenOffice.org, so I can’t say whether LibO. The team behind it has been ominously quiet, and although it’s been said that the project will be handed to a community, nobody knows how or when this will be done.
        I wouldn’t pin all my hopes on LibreOffice, though. WebODF and Calligra Suite seem like promising start-ups and both allow for a great deal of UI flexibility, so maybe the future’s there. Who knows…

  2. Yes, you do have a point there and WebODF and Calligra Suite both look interesting. Still it’s nice to see that the LibreOffice have some people willing to do mock ups for them if they do indeed change the UI.

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