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Main Menu Plug by Shakipu Main Menu Plug by Shakipu
Après l'annonce du projet Switchboard par l'équipe d'elementary et le Plug Sprint, j'ai voulu participer à ma manière en produisant un mockup d'un plug qui permettrait de gérer les icônes présentes dans Slingshot (c'est une sorte de remake d'alacarte).

After Switchboard and Plug Sprint being announced, I tried to participate with a mockup of a plug to manage the launchers in Slingshot (sort of remake of alacarte).

MISE À JOUR : j'ai fait une deuxième version avec une liste verticale plutôt qu'horizontale, après discussion, l'équipe d'elementary trouve qu'il vaut mieux utiliser une liste verticale. J'ai aussi corrigé une erreur de typo (j'avais écrit "Docky" au lieu de "Plank")

UPDATE : new version with vertical list. It seems that elementary team prefer this way. Let's see !
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opensas Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
I also think that the best thing would be to configure slingshot from the launcher itself, dragging items. perhaps a right-click with new launcher for a dialog.

also, right clicking on a launcher should bring a dialog to configure the command, icon, etc...

I really like the mock (specially the second version) but I think it's better to keep it simple and intuitive
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schnoodles Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
I really like both of the views. Version to seems a bit more natural to the feel of Elementary though. Awesome Job :)
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OttoRobba Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
I like it. Vertical list takes the cake. Hmm, quick functionality question, how would it work supposing categories within categories?
I suppose it is not currently a problem for slingshot but seeing as they are adding folders to plank, that might happen in the future too.
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Shakipu Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
I have to admit that the first time I made this mock-up, it was with Slingshot in mind. And currently, Slingshot doesn't support sub-categories (try it after installing Wine) if I'm not wrong : the last time I tried sub-categories in Slingshot, it didn't work. So I don't know how it would work, sorry...
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OttoRobba Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Hmm true, Slingshot does not (currently) support sub-categories. But if applications (like Wine) do it by default, it might be worth sorting it out. After some thought I did a simple change upon your mockup (I hope you don't mind, I credit you of course) that would solve the grouping issue [link]
Feel free to change or use whatever you want from that idea!
Regards,
Otto.
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Shakipu Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Good one. You gimme some ideas. If you want to make a better one, I can send you the original in svg. All my draws are under creative commons so feel free to use it ;)
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OttoRobba Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
I would like that :D
Sent you a note. :)
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3duard Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
I like version 2, too. Lol :D
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alfalive Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
One think Plus Button Add a launcher should be after arrows on top panel. Couse it simplier to find.
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Shakipu Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
I will think about it. Perhaps there will be a minor update ;). Thank you for your advices.
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alfalive Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
version 2 is much better !
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CassidyJames Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student Interface Designer
This is very clean; thanks for helping out and making a mockup! However, I have a couple of concerns:

1. I believe Slingshot will be managing itself quite nicely with the user dragging and dropping withing Slingshot itself to reorder/remove things. Not sure a separate plug is needed (in fact, we removed alacarte from elementary since it's more of an advanced user thing).

2. I think perhaps a list format would be simpler and easier to use; the icon layout, while nice, takes up a lot of unnecessary space.

All that said, I do think that a Main Menu plug would be nice to have as an option, but maybe just not installed by default. Keep up your hard work! :D
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Shakipu Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
1. And how a user should add a launcher ? If someone in a forum give him a script and he want to put a launcher for it in Slingshot for example ?

2. I use an icon layout cause people read slingshot the same way : horizontally and from the left to the right (right to the left for some languages) so users can have the same feeling when they configure slingshot and they use it ;)

Thanks for your advices :)
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CassidyJames Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Student Interface Designer
1. A typical user should not have to add a script to the menu, their apps will appear there automatically when installed. If an advanced user wants to put a script there, it's relatively easy to do so manually. Or, if there was an optional plug like this, they could install it then use it. I just don't think it'll be something that's needed in a default install.

2. This is true, but in many cases you must choose the best layout for the task at hand. Take the customization menu in Marlin, Midori, and other apps for example: [link] The icons are displayed on the toolbar horizontally, but it's more effective to organize them with a vertical interface.

No problem. Again, thanks for your contributions, and I hope to see you design some more plugs! ;)
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opensas Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
I think 1. could be solved with a right click - add new launcher options, and it would bring a dialog.

Also, right clicking on any launcher should bring the same dialog to customize the command, Icon, etc.
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Shakipu Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
1. The script was a simple exemple. But there is some crappy apps that add a crappy launcher or don't add any launcher in the menu so sometimes you have to correct this and add/remove a launcher. I know that you can move/remove launchers directly in Slingshot but this plug is in the case of adding a launcher. As the main menu is freedesktop compliant, it can also be use by other apps (gnome-main-menu, cardapio etc...) and sometimes you can't manage launchers with these apps so... Here is the main menu plug. It seems logical to me to make that plug cause elementary have to be modular and it's possible some people will not use Slingshot but another thing so..

2. I made a fast update with what you are talking about. Hope you like it !
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silare Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Would Slingshot have a way to decide on things like font size/format too though inside it? I know some people who may complain that the font size is too small for their eyes. o.O Or how would we access Slingshot's 'preferences' menu?
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Shakipu Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
I don't know if Slingshot will be able to do that. In the form, I didn't make a plug for switchboard but only to change entries in the main menu that can be use by gnome-main-menu, unity, slingshot etc...
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OttoRobba Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
I'll second Shakipu here. Regular users (normally) wouldn't need to go to the preferences to rearrange this but anyone a little more savvy would love this. And it is true that some applications don't always place themselves properly. From the last Humble Bundle, they were actually giving info as some games didn't install themselves so you were left with a .sh to run and no menu shortcut.
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