Experimental Theme Mockup 3
2007-06-27 5 Comments
Continuing with my experiments, I couldn’t stand the File Browser layout anymore and left the realm of pure theming 🙂
Allowing menu and tool bar to share a row saves quite some space. I removed the Up and Reload icons, as the first can be done via path buttons and the other shouldn’t be necessary in a file browser. Stop is also gone, but if loading takes a while, a throbber could appear on the status bar with a clickable stop symbol in the middle. With Firefox, I sometimes accidentally trigger the back menu instead of the back button. To avoid that, I removed the menu triangles and added a foot steps icon for a history menu. Alternatively it could be a written-out menu item after Bookmarks. Instead of zoom icons and a % label, there are directly accessible zoom levels: 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, 400 %, the same steps as now, in true relative size. A combo box for only 2 view modes is rather silly, so here we have 2 icons for icon and list view instead. Finally directly accessible search. Incremental would be nice, but if not, the magnifying glass icon can serve as enter button.
I changed the icon on the Close buttons, as the button-on-a-button effect the current one result in is … odd.
Different tabs and path buttons:
Mockup A, 1280 x 1024
The tab pages would be a candidate for transition effects, for those who like that sort of thing: fade, new tab moving in from above or sliding like all pages where in a row.
I’m using focus-follows-mouse and wondered if it could be applied to tabs. Instead of actual switching on hover (might show to be annoying), it could be more like a preview until a click occurs or the pointer is moved elsewhere. Meanwhile the tab header could pulsate.