really nice, i'm downloading it right now. this will make my recipe-collection (which now exists as a collection of loose papers) really comfortable... :-) - Jan 19 2005
remember also, there is a lot of "christian" stuff here on kde-look.org. i am an atheist but i simply don't care about the christian wallpapers. however, i could be whining like you: "stop! this is religion! no religion here!"
everything is political (art as well), there is no place on earth where you won't be bothered by politics. - Jun 06 2004
i like your idea of a better-structured and cleaner k-menu.
we have to use "recognition" instead of "remembering" - big icons, colors, special buttons. this is how newbies use their computer and nearly any other technical device - instead of remembering a function they instantly recognize a picture, a sound, a colour (look inside your car: you'll find a big red triangular button in nearly any car).
we should use this behaviour and a better k-menu is a first step.
one improvement: leave more space between the items. this makes it look cleaner and less nervous and is easier to click at. - May 01 2004
this would provide the following:
(1) consistency - because users can remember pictures better than other things and because most users are "task-oriented", they instantly recognize "this is my desktop. that's how i left it. i can continue my work when loading is finished".
(2) imho it would look better and smoother than windows popping up. currently, the applications pop up one after one and i've seen users who just start using the first application while the others are loading. than the next application "steals" their focus, e.g.: the first app is kate. you start to write something. the next app is konqueror which opens your homepage (e.g. you gmx mailaccount). when you continue your writing, it is possible that a part of it leaks into konqueror (for example into a textarea of your homepage). the third app is kopete, which demands a password, and so on.
[actually, this "leaking" is a general problem with konqueror and tabbed browsing - you enter a text but if another tab finishes loading, it is possible that it steals your cursor and so everything you enter - that's another issue... ;-)]
(3) from a "psychological" point of view, the loading-time appears to be shorter, maybe due to the fact that you already SEE how your desktop will look like (and you SEE the progress-bar). - Apr 16 2004
it would be a really cool idea to have this tool inside the universal sidebar, especially when autohide is turned on.
thumbs up! :-) - Apr 14 2004
anyway, still a good idea... (i'm downloading it right now) :-) - Mar 18 2004
- Mar 18 2004
Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 47 comments
but i agree in your other point: there is no need to make it rectangular. it just should look different enough to be recognized... - Apr 07 2004
i have no problem with that since i don't use the k-menu (i'm using the wonderful "basket-utility" for nearly everything...). however, for newbie-users, the k-menu should look special. it should say "click me!". i would like to see the button in kde 3.3... :-)
- Apr 07 2004
Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 28 comments
maybe it could be split up in just two sections - "basic" and "advanced". "basic" will let you change some common features (your home-URL, turn on / turn off java, etc.). "advanced" will let you play around with the rest of the options. another possiblity: steal the security-dialog from firebird (it has this "panic-button" for deleting every private information - really cool!).
in my opinion, the number of changeable options should be reduced anyway - it is easier to install a whole linux-system than configuring konqui. but this is part of the "KDE needs user-levels" - discussion, so maybe i'll join the usability-mailinglist when i have more spare time regularly... - Feb 08 2004
(from now: everything is "imho"... ;-) )
konqueror is the best example for missing usability guidelines within KDE. i really love KDE but it has to be restructured. in my opinion, average users don't like to configure more than 100 options in one single window with a dozen of tabs and sub-options which are poorly layouted anyway - some options are nearly empty (appearance), some are crowded with tabs and nested lists (crypto). some UI-elements exist twice, e.g a slider and a spinbox for ONE item. one of them isn't necessary and could be removed to save space on the screen. another example: "web shortcuts" contains a single tab - why one tab? you don't need tabs if you only have one...
personally, i only change my home-url and some tab-behavior. from time to time, i delete my history and cache - that's it.
i don't want to start a flamewar - maybe my idea is even worse... ;-) - Feb 07 2004