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This is my proposal for a new KMenu. I find the previous ones excellent and you can see how I copied some of the elements in each (I hope no one is offended). However, I find that the Windows XP start menu is a little too busy and the current KMenu is falling behind in the eyecandy business. My proposal calls for a menu with one column of options. It also allows for theme designers to theme the KMenu the same as their window decorations and styles. I feel it should all be integrated. Isn't this what KDE is about? Allowing for themes and not a standard look that is best for all. I feel that this is the easiest proposal to implement based on current KDE GUI practices.

I added a second screenshot which kind of shows a translucent effect. I haven't had time to make it look perfect, but hopefully you get the idea.

Due to complaints, I have updated it to hug the screen edge. Also, I have eliminated the large buttons at the bottom. Those who said they were too large are right.

Let me know what you think about the integrated run command. I for one would find such a feature useful.

People talk about "innovation." How would making the menu like XP make it innovative? Also, what about Kroupware? I think that a second menu should be built to support the mail and scheduling. In the future, I will provide a screenshot of what I am describing. Also, what purpose does the time in the KMenu serve? Of course it should be an option under an applet system (as seen in the most recent screenshots). However, I see no purpose for items that are currently in the kicker.

secretmethod70

18 years ago

Of all tghe "innovative" K-Menus I've seen here - this is the only one I would probably use. The so called innovative ones here are often big and clunky. Plus they look a lot like the WinXP Start menu...and I *hate* the WinXP Start menu. The second screenshot of this menu is probably, IMHO, the closest combination of "innovation" and usability. You're right, we DON'T need hughe shutdown/logoff buttons. We also DON'T need a huge menu with only a few giant options. A new e-mail button is very nice, so is user info and the date, and a scedule, but why do we need to have giant icons with this making a huge XP-like menu??? Maybe ad it as an option, but I prefer to stick to the basics. In fact, I use K-Menu so little it never even occurred to me that it needed fixing.

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fgalli

18 years ago

I agree with you: this XP-like KMenu is too big, useless and
not really user friendly. If people really want, than it should
be an option but please not the default!

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secretmethod70

18 years ago

sorry - the link didn't work - the other menu I spoke of is this: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=3577

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secretmethod70

18 years ago

sorry - the link didn't work - the other menu I spoke of is this: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=3577

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Exdaix

18 years ago

I lvoe except the little triangle part that makes it look like a think bubble. Maybe if it had jsut a rounded rectangle instead or something.

But otherwise, it rules!

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WinterWolf

18 years ago

How about something innovative, not just the same thing with prettier graphics. KDE needs innovation! That is almost exactly the sameas the one we have now, at least XP's is innovative.

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davidsansome

18 years ago

That is beautiful!

Just a thought: I like the idea of plugins on the menu, maybe these could occupy a row at the top simply showing text like "2 unread emails" or "1 pending appointment" etc.
These would only appear if applicable, and would be small and unobtrusive.

Also, this design would be fairly easy to implement into KDE. Not sure how the actual popups would be coded - would these just be custom widgets, spawning a normal popup menu when the cursor is moved over them?

Anyway, great design, well done :-)

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