Hello again, hope you’re not bored with my series cause I have 3 more things to show you :) And they would deffinetely be last but not the least.This post would be about my vision of ideal applications menu.
Right now Maemo have too big applications menu. You can ony have 36 items for quick access without scrolling. It was a sacrifice for finger friendliness and there are a lot of peole that don’t really like it. But small stylus-oriented rows are not mainstream now so we have to use another way. We can use icons just like on the desktop, it’s space-wise and nice looking. iPhone, for example uses it. But it’s not best solution cause you have no tools to arrange applications. Just plain list. We can use folders like Symbian and Windows Mobile does, but I have another solution.
Let’s combine best parts of different UI’s. Let’s take tabs part from the Maemo UI and icons part from others. This is what we’ll get for example:
Right now we can access 16 different applications in only one tab. It’s pretty much :) And you can arrange them by simple clicking right context button and drag’n’drop manipulations.
By the way you can notice some more icons that were made by the guidelines, mentioned in my hot previous post. As you can see they can be pretty different!
Now what I want to do with that menu is some obvious tool for detail arrangement. So, here’s “Menu Editor”.
I don’t think I should explain how it works :) “Swap hand” is great feature for left-handies, now you can ajust tab orientation as you like, not as you must. You can add any shortcut from installed applications, bookmarks or simple files on your device.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for two hottest articles in the series, it would be great finish of the year!