Amarok/Proposals/Context Menu Proposal


From the usability POV, our context menues have a serious problem. The placing of the same items at the same place in the Collection Browser context and the Playlist context is follows no apparent logic, and depending on the exact context, even within the same context (Collection Browser or Playlist) the ordering is not consistent, e.g. spacers appear and disappear without reason, the Edit Track Details option wanders up and down the menu, etc.

Current situation

Instead of explaining, let the screeshots talk:

Context menus

Collection Browser Playlist File Browser
Artist Playlist11.png
Album Playlist12.png
Track Playlist13.png Playlist14.png Playlist15.png


As already stated in the analysis by Leinir and Lydia, there are too many items overall. It is rather difficult to remove items, but there are at least two that could be relocated:

Relocation possibilities

The items could be relocated into a button.

The Organize Files option could be relocated in the Tools menu. Since this is a rather dangerous option anyway, it would be a bit out of sight, which is not a bad idea.

The Book mark action can be moved to a button.

Organisation possibilities

If we apply the [Comments] in the Card Sorting, the organisation should follow the same guidelines. This would result in the Edit track Details option sliding to the bottom, while the Delete Tracks would be somewhere in the middle (deleting or removing from playlist are similar actions, although not with the same result).

While this makes sense in the playlist, it doesn't make any in the Collection Browser. Currently, the users are probably more bothered by the items not being in the same place rather than the real location.

On the other hand, it would make sense to group the entries by actions and organisational tasks, separated by spacers, in all context menus, regardless of the location. Currently, the spacers are not always shown and don't seem to follow a precise logic (or at least one that is not obvious to me).

How about the following grouping: (I keep the items that could be relocated for now)

Collection Browser Playlist File Browser
Direct actions Add to Playlist Queue Track Add to Playlist
Replace Playlist Stop Playing After This Track Replace Playlist action (if available) Show in Media Sources
Bookmark this Artist (if available)
-- spacer -- -- spacer -- -- spacer --
Organisational tasks Album (if available) Album
Edit Track Details Edit Track Details Edit Track Details
Copy to Collection Copy to Collection
Move to Collection Move to Collection
Organize Files
-- spacer -- -- spacer -- -- spacer --
Deleting and removing Delete Tracks Remove from Playlist Delete

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