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Menu bar reorganization


KDE4 Brainstorm

Score 77%
Menu bar reorganization

Menu bar reorganization

Link:  http://
Downloads:  36
Submitted:  Oct 18 2007


- improve menu bar readability/perception
- differentiate clearly between what modifies the whole program and just the current file

- not quite perfect
- might not be applicable to every program
- inspired by OS X
- I'm a KDE newbie.

#1 - Menu Bar improvements [see attached mock-up]
split the menus in 2 different categories:
- [under program name]: all that's related to the whole program, that is program settings, profiles, sessions, windows etc.
- [normal/remaining]: all that acts on the current file

Some other minor ideas:

#2 Backup option
( how to save or restore a custom configuration )
- list all the user configuration files and their use.

#3 Development
( how to develop or help the developers of this program )
- send bug reports / setup a useful stack trace
- (wizard) setup a development environment for this program: downloads the code, IDE project creation (eclipse, kdevelop, ...), how to compile/install/run...
- (wizard) plug-in development
- dbus help
- techbase/wiki stuff

#4 Help
- quick search
- wiki like help from within the Help Center (with obvious options to download help updates - "stable" commits and "bleeding edge", etc.)

free for all

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 by logixoul on: Oct 20 2007
Score 50%

we discussed it some months ago.

- Ian said terms like "configure shortcuts" were weird english and that the "configure" in front of each item was redundant anyway
- I said we might as well consolidate them into one dialog but this would leave the settings menu almost empty so I suggested the apple-style "Application" menu
- we decided it should be called literally "Application" (or for games, "Game") rather than the actual app name like "Konqueror" as apple does it
- Ian said this was gonna be too disruptive at this late stage of kde4 development (and this was in spring, heh) so we decided to merely rename items to natural english e.g. "Configure Kapp" becomes "Other Settings" and leave the big "Application menu" change for KDE 4.1
- then the thread died because I forgot about it :)

I'll look at it again right after KDE 4.0 is released.

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 Re: yes...

 by fm2097ad on: Oct 20 2007
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I didn't knew about that discussion in the mailing list.

Since some people might prefer to have the app name instead of Application/Game it might be good to have it as an option somewhere (if possible).

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 Re: Re: yes...

 by logixoul on: Oct 20 2007
Score 50%

Yes it is possible, easy even. I'll consider it.

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 Great, but

 by smihael on: Oct 22 2007
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Very fine, but 'Help' menu should be 3rd category. Why? Because, newbies from windows.
And another but... I think, that it isn't possible for this KDE 4 release. But for KDE 4.1 very usefully.

I vote good...

Miha (smihael@gmail.com)

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 by SaikoBee on: Jan 3 2008
Score 50%

Very logical
Nice work ;)
Hope to see it in KDE 4.1 or so :D

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