Re: Thumbs up!

On Tue, 2011-04-26 at 23:38 +1000, Bojan Smojver wrote:
> Gnome 3 should have applications button on the left of the panel
> (which  should be kept on top, like now, with an option to disappear
> for folks who like that) that opens dash ribbon and other app
> icons/menu/search below. Workspace switcher should be next to it, but
> it should be enhanced so that  a click to current space opens a ribbon
> of workspaces where windows can be  moved around from space to space
> etc. Workspaces should be static. Smart  taskbar (similar to W7 or
> using some new ideas) could be next to that. Expose should be
> available on request.

And so that this doesn't just end in some kind of perceived whining on
my end, I prepared some rough, rough mockups of what I mean. All IMHO.
Or maybe IMNSHO. :-)

Panel should look like this:

To open a new application, one (surprisingly) clicks on Applications.
The following is displayed (or possibly overlaid over windows on the
current workspace, which are dimmed deep into into background, when in
3D mode):

Dash ribbon can be therefore be longer and hold more items. User can
also immediately select other apps below or search for them (in fact,
that search box should be moved to the bottom, because it doesn't
require click-to-focus - this would make dash even longer when

To locate hidden windows, one double clicks on the current workspace in
the switcher (here is where Windows key could also be used). The
following gets displayed (i.e. this is _the_ exposé that user asked

User can search for windows by title here. Note that in this version of
mockups there is no taskbar to find windows (maybe one could pop up
below the switcher when hovering over current workspace or something -
there are many ways to skin a cat; you know, like Alt-Tab, but with the

Workspaces, which are _always_ displayed in the panel to indicate to the
user where the windows are (and are static!), are managed by either
clicking on the current workspace in the switcher to show the workspace
ribbon (see below) or by clicking on a non-current workspace to switch.

The workspace ribbon (which, just like with the apps menu, is
overlaid/displayed over the top of current windows of the workspace)
enables windows to be moved by dragging. Or, if modifier keys are
pressed (e.g. Ctrl or Alt), windows can be moved and placed at a new
location in the target workspace (Shift could do the usual snap stuff).
The ribbon can pan left/right if number of workspaces is excessive.

Finally, shutdown/suspend/hibernate and user functions (log out etc.)
that affect the whole desktop can be under an icon to the left of the
clock. Didn't have enough patience to put that on the panel (displaying
user's name is really not required - most users know their own name; it
also takes too much space on the panel).


- all these things do not depend on heavy animations (bar maybe exposé),
so can be done in similar ways in both 3D and 2D versions of the desktop
(i.e. consistency)

- when user wants to start a new app, he gets to start a new app

- when user wants to find a window, he gets to find a window

- when user wants to rearrange workspaces and windows in them, he gets
just that

- there is still only one panel, on top, taking relatively amount of

- nobody knows what Activities means; everybody knows what Applications
means :-)

- all (most?) these things are touchscreen friendly

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