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#1 darkredbbb

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 08:48 AM

I was thinking about how I use the Start Menu in Windows Vista, and I made this Photoshop mockup:
Well I've removed the Programs Shortcuts, for I don't think they're useful when you have QuickLaunch ;)
(I'm not sure about removing the User Display Picture, I guess I'm gonna keep it :unsure: )
Attached File  Start_Menu_Main_View.png   39.38K   1644 downloads
Now the All Programs is always displayed rather than displaying the Programs Shortcuts.
The folders on the right are moved to the bottom, and now they look like the Power Buttons.
There's the Control Panel and the Explorer, that has a menu with other options like the Personal Folder, Music, and all those folders that were on the right.
Attached File  Start_Menu_Explorer_Menu_View.png   39.57K   1094 downloads
The search input box was ugly before, it didn't fit right, with this concept it will.
Attached File  Start_Menu_Search_View.png   29.99K   1134 downloads

Now the thing is that this is only an idea, and I have no idea how to make it into a software.. Does anyone have an idea how to realize this concept?
I'd appreciate any reply/opinion :)


So the application is in development thanks to GeeQ :D
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Edited by darkredbbb, 24 March 2008 - 06:06 PM.


#2 Razor VinT

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 12:11 PM

Awesome concept. Is there any programmer here, which can provide life to this start menu replacement concept?

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 01:46 AM

email it to microsoft
anyway, its awesome

Edited by windowsguy, 25 February 2008 - 01:47 AM.


#4 M.Sudoku

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:50 AM

There is a skinnable program named Open Menu with almost similar features. That can be skinned exactly like this.

#5 darkredbbb

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:24 AM

thank you all for the kind replies :)

email it to microsoft
anyway, its awesome


what's the email address? :whistle:

Edited by darkredbbb, 25 February 2008 - 04:25 AM.


#6 Borix

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 12:18 PM

Awesome idea.

One thing I would change in your concept is to make the rightpane in the standard start menu accesible through clicking on your tool button at the bottom. (switching from your icon view to the right pane view from the standard vista menu)

Hope you understand what I mean :)

Good luck

Edited by Borix, 25 February 2008 - 12:18 PM.


#7 darkredbbb

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 01:10 PM

Awesome idea.

One thing I would change in your concept is to make the rightpane in the standard start menu accesible through clicking on your tool button at the bottom. (switching from your icon view to the right pane view from the standard vista menu)

Hope you understand what I mean :)

Good luck


Yeah I see, I'd move the power buttons to the left, and the Control Panel and the Explorer buttons to the right, and by clicking the small arrow next to the Explorer button, the rightpane would show ;)

#8 Villain

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 01:31 PM

Interesting. Made in VB6 (and i own a legal copy of it), is Open Source (I just grabbed the source for Open Menu +) ... I think i will have my hand at it.

Original Source credit goes to the creator of Open Menu +, of course.

I think i will try to add in Desktop Right Click menu Summon also.

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 01:37 PM

Very nice concept!! I hope this will be realize by someone....

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 01:51 PM

If someone can come up with, and post up here, a template for the menu layout, i will try my best to modify OM+ to the specifications, and to also fork the source to a new menu project.

Ok, i guess i will need to make a new thread and ask for names for the new menu.

#11 Borix

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:55 PM

Hmm, no :) I mean the following:

Combine the explorer and config buttons in one button. If you push this button the "all programs view" is replaced by the standard vista right pane view.

So no little menu for explorer and config but a switch between the "all program" view and the standard right pane view.

If you use a dock for starting programs, you can leave it in "right pane" view to fast acces to places and config.

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On the other hand the explorer and config buttons are handy too, your the boss :)

What is the left arrow used for?

Edited by Borix, 25 February 2008 - 03:07 PM.


#12 Villain

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 03:13 PM

Suggestion Thread here...
http://www.winmatrix...mp;#entry162518

#13 phoenix_abhi

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:57 PM

very nice concept

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 02:25 AM

thank you all for the kind replies :)


email it to microsoft
anyway, its awesome


what's the email address? :whistle:


billgates@microsoft.com :lol: :P

#15 kaironxp

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Posted 27 February 2008 - 12:08 AM

that's an start menu !!!!

#16 Fraxtil

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Posted 27 February 2008 - 04:19 AM

Here's an additional idea: Include a separate button for search, and contain the search bar in a bordered window, similar to the idea used here: Posted Image
Everything else about the search bar would work the same, except it disappears when you click outside of the box.

#17 GeeQ

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 07:12 PM

what u want to do with the settings and shortcut icons button?

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 07:33 PM

sorry about not postng anything people, other projects have kept my very busy, so i have not had the chance to work on this like how i would have wanted to do .

#19 darkredbbb

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 08:01 PM

what u want to do with the settings and shortcut icons button?


Settings Button >> Control Panel

Shortcut Button >> Explorer shortcut, as in c:\windows\explorer.exe , that has a menu with other options for shortcuts like the Personal Folder, Music, and all those folders that were on the right.

Edited by darkredbbb, 24 March 2008 - 10:35 AM.


#20 TheGreenMan

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 03:37 AM

Solo was developing an app for it. Whats happened to that?

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