Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jul 2007 21:05 UTC
OpenStep, GNUstep "The Etoile project is pleased to announce the release of version 0.2 of the Etoile User Environment for UNIX-like systems. The Etoile project aims to produce a user environment for desktop and small form-factor devices, with tight integration between components. The 0.2 release is primarily targeted at developers interested in a GNUstep-based environment. This release includes improvements to the Camaelon theme engine, providing a clean and modern appearance to GNUstep-based applications. This is combined with the Etoile Menu Server, providing a horizontal menu bar similar to that found in Mac OS, and making this the first Etoile release with enough features in place to be usable on a daily basis." There are screenshots too.
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+/- floating menu
by puenktchen on Mon 30th Jul 2007 09:52 UTC
puenktchen
Member since:
2007-07-27

the floating menus of *step are cool, but i'm not sure if they enhance your productivity. I've never used them for more than a few hours, so i don't have a educated opinion. pros and cons:

+ detachable submenues
+ on big screens they are closer to your mousepointer
- they can get in your way
- harder to hit (fits law)

but many programms use floating menus for the most common commands anyway, and that's probably the best use for them - you're not going to use the main menu that often.

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RE: +/- floating menu
by bogomipz on Mon 30th Jul 2007 11:24 in reply to "+/- floating menu"
bogomipz Member since:
2005-07-11

Let's not forget that you can of course have detachable menus with a horizontal menubar as well. Apple's first attempt to theme OPENSTEP with a MacOS look'n'feel had this. I'm not sure whether the submenus were detachable, but why would that be any harder than when the main menu is floating?

From the Nathan's Toasty Technology GUI Gallery page on Rhapsody DR2;

http://toastytech.com/guis/rhapprefsoptions.png

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RE[2]: +/- floating menu
by tyrione on Tue 31st Jul 2007 02:17 in reply to "RE: +/- floating menu"
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

Those in Rhapsody DR1/DR2 were reminiscent of BeOS.

NeXTSTEP/Openstep's Floating Menus/Tear-off Submenus restoring state upon close that Apple has started to use again in Pages.app (Andrew Stone's Cocoa AppSuite uses as much as possible) are hindered by the Top Menu bar being ubiquitous across the screen. And for the lazy user the right mouse button for NeXTSTEP/Openstep did allow access to an applications full menu system.

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