Re: [Usability]Recently used applications

I just want to give my $0.02 on this topic.

A "recent applications" menu-item would be a _very_ good idea.
I work at a small company with 35 imacs running MacOS 9. Those users are by far no computer-geeks.
Each mac has several ways to find their applications and almost everyone uses
the "recent applications", "recent documents" and "recent servers" menu-option in the apple-menu.

Finding applications is one thing. Having a good menu of "services" instead of application names
is a good alternative, but what do you do with documents and all other services nautilus
brings us like SMB-browsing, FTP, VFS etc etc ?


On Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 12:02:26AM +1100, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> <quote who="Dave Bordoley"/>
> > Contrast the same action with windows in which the user needs to select
> > start => programs => mozilla => mozilla web browser (there are examples of
> > even deeper hierarchy in windows). 
> You need to look at a recent version of Windows. XP, whilst it has a hideous
> double-column menu, includes a recent applications list directly on the menu
> It's almost a "most useful applications" list, which goes above and beyond
> 'recent'.
> This is fast, relevant and usable.
> > Basically my view is that gnome does not suffer from the usability flaws
> > that make the recent apps feature necessary (we have a very shallow menu
> > hierarchy, and for bonus points we have good categorization and app
> > naming).
> When it comes down to it, the 'competition' is between:
>   Applications > Internet > Web Browser
> and:
>   Applications > Web Browser
> With some clever design, I think we can pull it off.
> [ Note that I've set the To and Reply-To addresses to usability and Cc'ed
> d-d-l. Let's keep this where it's relevant. :-) ]
> - Jeff
> -- 
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