Mockups for Application Browsing
This is a rough sketch of my ideas for browsing the full list of applications, borrowing a lot of the graphical style from Jeremy's work:
Summary of Main Overlay Concept
- Breadcrumbs are a permanent feature of the top panel, and remain active - you can still switch directly to an application or workspace from here.
- Search permanently anchored in the overlay - to emphasize that you can type at any time
- Places shown, but will usually be blank - only items like blank CD's or MP3 players are shown.
- New workspace becomes a thumbnail, and is a valid target for dragging items
Changes to More button behaviour
I felt that more could mean two things, and needed to show both:
- More recent applications
- All applications and application categories
I also felt that we needed a place here for system tools, and attempted to work that in too.
To get the best effect of the animation, save these four images locally and flick through them
- System settings are not shown by default - click the tool to show them
- More button moved to be next to the section title
- The whole section title is clickable, not just the more button
- Less button in exactly the same place as the More button, making the operation easy to cancel
For further discussion
- Can we use a similar type of animation to move to Jeremy's document list (see his v2 above)
- How do we react to clicking places. Does it scroll up, or do we just show places on the right?
- For large numbers of items, two columns can be used.
For > 2 columns, use either scroll arrows on the sides to scroll one column at a time, or a standard horizontal scroll bar at the bottom.