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.