Re: Some small ideas for the Shell Panel and Overview

I looked at the 'new' interface and have only 1 suggestion and I am not sure how to convey this. Right-handed people would seem to look to the right and moving the mouse to the right is easier. So, with that thought in mind, move the Overwiew, Applications, Library to the right (flipped so to speak). In this way when the user moves the mouse to Applications the categories are immediately below. No moving from one side of the screen to the other. Everything in one place. If the user is left-handed then move the category list to the other side of the iconized list of applications. Upon installation perhaps you could ask if the user is right-handed or left-handed with a radio button. This would also be a possible to change the mouse to left-handed. You could explain how this will effect the interface with pictures, as you do when the OS is installing. To carry the theme even further at install time, you could display sizes of icons on the panel. Let them choose smaller, larger, whatever. Man, I hope I made myself clear. It's hard to explain in text and so easy in images but I suck at creating images.

On 04/08/2011 05:28 PM, Seif Lotfy wrote:
While using GNOME Shell I noticed that to reach "Applications" (or the current "Journal" I implemented with Federico) overview I have to go over the windows Overview first which is somehow irritating. I decided to let my roommates try GNOME Shell. And when I told them to open an application they intuitively went to "Activities" (which is a good start) but then stopped a moment then went to applications. Now I asked them to open another application and they did it again. However they both were bothered by having to go over the overview then click applications again (to much movement of windows). Also "Activities" seemed to be irritating to one of them (the other did not really care). I had a discussion with Ryan Lortie regarding the naming, where he suggested calling it "Overview". I took the liberty to modify GNOME shell in a way I thought would be very intuitive to me. While it does introduce some clutter to the top panel it does allow quicker access to the applications and journal. Right now me and Federico are running this and are liking it in a way, since accessing a specific overview now is just one click away.
This is just brainstorming and I would like to know your opinion on it.

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