#244 Taskbar and menu problems, solutions and suggestions from Daniel Knight

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2014-05-19
2014-05-19
Daniel Knight
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It's hellishly confusing manipulating the taskbar

  1. When in the Add/Remove items panel, I would like spacers to visible show on that task bar so I know where they are exactly and when selecting them in the menu for them to light up, like a red border or whatever to indicate which spacer has been focused on,

  2. I don't get what those check mark squares are, there should be tool tips to pop up to say what's going on when they are check off or not.

  3. It is verye confusing adding an application launcher, it took forever for me to figure out clicking edit would let me add programs at it, i spent many minutes just repeatedly trying to find that. since an app launcher is a standard thing it should just be listed in the taskbar right click menu upfront, not hidden in a cluttered looking way as it looks in my opinion with that ugly popdown tip that appears when it's selected, just use a tool tip and more descriptive or common sense, like "this is for adding shorts cuts to programs on the taskbar".

  4. It's annoying and confusing that you separate I guess the built in GUI buttons from the programs, as in user installed apps or OS apps, just put them together or indicate one is built in or an installed like in some column, and who even cares, that might even make things more confusing, just merge them somehow so it's not a treasure hunt quest.

  5. I hate how the network icon sticks out like a sore thumb and can't be moved into the app launcer, hate that it can't even be moved up or down, same with the volume and menu button, can you make it so they can be applaunchered, to coin a new phrase, so like if I put the menu button in the app launcher, the menu pops up right from there, as opposed to how it looks on my taskbar now, which is sticking on top with the bottom of it looking like it's cut off, amatuer and awkward looking. Also the battery indicated, can you make an option to stick that in the app launcher and put use a number to indicate the charge state, like 23% etc, or put that on it as a additional option, like expand the battery bar so numbers will fit. It should also flash slowly, to red when the battery is critically low, like when 4 minutes of power is left, and optionally some beeping sound (with the audio file replaceable if the sound isn't liked by the user and a volume setting for the beep). And please don't make it flash crazy fast, but in a non irritating speed. I'd also like for there to be a run command program button so I can put that in on the taskbar or in the app launcher, if that's not already possible.

  6. The digital clock is annoying, can you make it so that it can be moved up or down, the color and font changeable, the date able to be placed top of below and able to be spaced from the clock as far or close as liked? Also can you make it convenient to switch to 12 hour time or military? Could you make some option too where you can select to install some time syncing app, like the common ones for linux if it exists so that you can sync the time? And why can't I manually change the time either?! So I mean make the GUI recognize if you have ntp and or htpdate and or chrony installed, and if so you can select from a drop down menu which you program you'd like to use to auto sync and then press a button in the meny that says, "sync time now" and if it's not automaticly happening after a few seconds for it to say, "time changes delayed due to ..." whatever, like low bandwidth, server not responding, and then it asks if you'd like to use another program or to keep trying, and if you x out of the menu keeps trying in the background AND LETS YOU KNOW IT WILL so the user isn't left wondering, and alternatively if you'd like it to cycle through the various programs trying to update the time if one keeps failing after X amount of seconds or minutes (user specified). Alternatively it should also allow you to use whatever built in time syncing program is already in the OS, like whatever is tied into the terminal command "sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata".

8.Can you make some program that lets a user maximize or minimize all windows with a single or double click that can be placed either to the right or left in the tbar or the app launcher or even all three, and with the option to make it double or single click.

  1. Why don't the icons in the bar show if they are being depressed or not, I don't like how there's no visual feedback other than some minor color change, I'd like to see a sort of 3d-like effect of the button being pressed down so I know it's working. I'd also like a little tooltip clock appear on an apps button so that I know it's attempting to load, rather than me wondering if they process is broken, like a little round white clock with a red hand moving about letting me know like a slow program like Icedove is loading, so that I don't end up trying to click it again. And of course the clock disappears if it loads. I'd also like the clock to have a transparency setting and for it to directly appear over the icon that was pressed so it doesn't look like clutter.

  2. I don't know whose fault this is but various programs don't show up in the menu system, like clonezilla, which doesn't even launch either, kfind, wireshark, ntp, htpdate, ddrescue (whether that's just how it is who knows but I don't like it, and it's not new-user friendly). Why not show it in the menu and when clicked, if it has no GUI to launch the terminal and some note saying, "this program has no installed GUI, it requiers the terminal commands to operate", and then you x out the pop out with a box indicating if you want such notices to show or not anymore.

  3. Is it possible to change the taskbar color? I don't remember, it didn't seem obvious, but that would be nice.

Discussion

  • Daniel Knight
    Daniel Knight
    2014-05-19

    Apparently the sourceforge system messed up my numerations, 8 should be 7 and the rest of the numbered items should end at "10".

     
  • Daniel Knight
    Daniel Knight
    2014-05-19

    Oh and here's suggestion 11:

    Make a separate menu field "Reference" as some apps awkwardly end up being placed under Education, like Bible stuff, which looks weird.

    and 12:

    Please make it easy to MOVE program items into other menus using drag and drop or some right click menu method, and even to create new fields like Reference and put them there (if you aren't going to make a built in category yourself like Reference) and to have the ability to rearrange the categories, like to be able to put System Tools on top if I want to. I'd also like a "reset categories" option in case things get too messed up, like say, if a kid messes them up, or even an undo option with some dialog box saying what the previous changes were, like 1. "Bibleblahblah was moved to Education" 2. System tools was moved up two rows"

    1. I'd like for there to be a "Are you sure" pop up so that I and other users don't end up accidentally deleting like, the app launcher, which I did once. And also for there to be some "undo last menu or taskbar change" option in the menu and for it to memorize up to 10 changes at least.

    2. I don't know whose responsible for this, the OS developer or the GUI, but could you please make it so that moves, deletes, copies can be undone up to the tenth change unless something was permanently deleted or no longer around to rever, like some file moved onto a USB drive and then disconnected with an error message saying, "can't revert" if it's not possible, or even more sophisticated and to even tell you why, like "was permanently deleted" or "file moved off system" etc.

    3. Can you make it so I can see folders in a tree view style, and for there to be a favorite folder section so I can stick commonly used folders up in the top if the tree?

    4. Can you make it so I can change the colors of the folders and their backgrounds and the menu bar EASILY, like with a right click? And even individual folders rather than simply a mass change.

     
  • Daniel Knight
    Daniel Knight
    2014-05-19

    Ugh, it messed up my numbering again, it should end at 16.

     
  • Daniel Knight
    Daniel Knight
    2014-05-19

    One more suggestion, 17:

    Please make it so I can right click an icon and change the icon picture if I want, like say for a game app and put a browse button it to be able to browse to the pic and when selected gets stored in the appropriate folder, and for it also to be resettable so the original icon can be restored.

     
  • Daniel Knight
    Daniel Knight
    2014-05-19

    I mentioned a "favorites" in the wished for tree system menu of folders, but make that "bookmarked" (folders) and I'd like it to show in dialog boxes too, like say when I go to save something from firefox, that same system shows up so I can go right to a bookmarked folder.