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== Menu ==
 
== Menu ==
* '''File''' (I think the convention is too complicated)
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A desktop application have many conventions which are carried over from 1980's technology, if you look at Android and web applications, I think you can see ''the tide is turning''. Lets look at an Android app; when you leave a page/screen or your page is partly covered by another, your work for that page is saved - no save button needed; very limited menu/tool bar items with overflow menu - simple to learn; direct manipulation -commands limited to context.
** New - n (either present templates or create empty using current/existing template)
 
** Open - o (can open existing designs or templates, also import patterns)
 
** Open Recent
 
** Save - s (should automatically save, shortly after each change to the design; save related pattern files)
 
** Save As - S (save embroidery under a new name or export as pattern)
 
** Print - p (default to 1:1 scale template with thread list)
 
** Close - w
 
** Quit – q (automatically save any unsaved amendments: don't ask to discard changes)
 
  
*'''Edit'''
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From a programmer's point of view, because it is easy to add menu items to the menu and write functions to process the click, you might have menus:
** Undo - z
 
** Redo - y
 
** Cut - x
 
** Copy - c
 
** Paste – v
 
** Select all – a
 
** Find – f
 
** Find Next - F3
 
** Go to
 
  
*'''View'''
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'''File''' New, Open, Open Recent, Save, Save As, Print, Close, Quit
** New Window
 
** Grid
 
** Zoom in - +
 
** Zoom out - -
 
  
*'''Tools'''
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'''Edit''' Undo, Redo, Cut, Copy, Paste, Select All, Find, Find Next, Go to
** Spelling
 
** Align
 
** Settings
 
  
*'''Help'''
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'''View''' Grid, Zoom in, Zoom Out, Zoom to Default, Zoom to...
** About
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'''Format''' Align
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'''Tools''' Spelling, Plug-ins
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'''Settings'''
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'''Help''' About, Help Contents, Help on...
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Thinking from the user's point-of-view, metaphor and mental-model, what menu items are needed?
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If at some (zoom) level all the files are listed with an empty slot to create a new one, we can eliminate all file items except Print.
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A free form search box and selection tool(s) just leave: redo, undo, cut, copy and paste.
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Much of the other menu items are unnecessary, except to allow the user to learn what commands are possible.
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===Modern Menu===
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* '''Back''' to file list
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* '''Print'''
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* '''Redo'''/'''Repeat'''
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* '''Undo'''
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* '''Cut'''
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* '''Copy'''
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* '''Paste'''
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* '''About'''
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The 'Modern Menu' would be combined with selection tools, search box, zoom and pan tool, fade in fade out grid and alignment lines, snap to alignment, bubble help/tool tips, manipulation handles.
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If the tools can be slide away, enough of the tool should be showing to recognize what action it performs - '''no mystery menus''' accessed by sliding the cursor to the edge of the screen. The tool boxes can fade away after a few seconds to allow the full design to be seen, then reappear if the cursor is moved or the screen touched.
  
 
== Toolbars ==
 
== Toolbars ==
Access to often used functions
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The tool bar can either replace the menu bar or provide a source of tool boxes which may be docked.
*File
 
**New
 
**Open
 
**Save/Punch
 
**Print
 
*Edit
 
**Undo
 
**Redo
 
**Cut
 
**Copy
 
**Paste
 
*Find
 
**Find
 
**Find Next
 
*View
 
**Zoom in
 
**Zoom out
 
**Design/Preview toggle
 
  
 
== Shortcuts ==
 
== Shortcuts ==
a – select all b – bold/strong-emphasis c – copy d – find previous e - f – find/replace g – find next h - i – italic/emphasis j - k - l - m - n – new in window o – open p – print q – quit r - s – save t – new in tab u - v – paste w – close x – cut y – redo z - undo
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Access to constantly used functions by control key.
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a – select all; b – bold/strong-emphasis; c – copy; f – find/replace; i – italic/emphasis; n – new; o – open; p – print; q – quit; s – save; t – new tab; v – paste; w – close; x – cut; y – redo; z - undo.
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Control keys: d, e, g, h, j, k, l, m, r, and u are available for other functions.
  
  

Latest revision as of 02:08, 29 April 2013

Menu

A desktop application have many conventions which are carried over from 1980's technology, if you look at Android and web applications, I think you can see the tide is turning. Lets look at an Android app; when you leave a page/screen or your page is partly covered by another, your work for that page is saved - no save button needed; very limited menu/tool bar items with overflow menu - simple to learn; direct manipulation -commands limited to context.

From a programmer's point of view, because it is easy to add menu items to the menu and write functions to process the click, you might have menus:

File New, Open, Open Recent, Save, Save As, Print, Close, Quit

Edit Undo, Redo, Cut, Copy, Paste, Select All, Find, Find Next, Go to

View Grid, Zoom in, Zoom Out, Zoom to Default, Zoom to...

Format Align

Tools Spelling, Plug-ins

Settings

Help About, Help Contents, Help on...

Thinking from the user's point-of-view, metaphor and mental-model, what menu items are needed?

If at some (zoom) level all the files are listed with an empty slot to create a new one, we can eliminate all file items except Print.

A free form search box and selection tool(s) just leave: redo, undo, cut, copy and paste.

Much of the other menu items are unnecessary, except to allow the user to learn what commands are possible.

Modern Menu

  • Back to file list
  • Print
  • Redo/Repeat
  • Undo
  • Cut
  • Copy
  • Paste
  • About

The 'Modern Menu' would be combined with selection tools, search box, zoom and pan tool, fade in fade out grid and alignment lines, snap to alignment, bubble help/tool tips, manipulation handles.

If the tools can be slide away, enough of the tool should be showing to recognize what action it performs - no mystery menus accessed by sliding the cursor to the edge of the screen. The tool boxes can fade away after a few seconds to allow the full design to be seen, then reappear if the cursor is moved or the screen touched.

Toolbars

The tool bar can either replace the menu bar or provide a source of tool boxes which may be docked.

Shortcuts

Access to constantly used functions by control key.

a – select all; b – bold/strong-emphasis; c – copy; f – find/replace; i – italic/emphasis; n – new; o – open; p – print; q – quit; s – save; t – new tab; v – paste; w – close; x – cut; y – redo; z - undo.

Control keys: d, e, g, h, j, k, l, m, r, and u are available for other functions.



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