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*[http://standards.freedesktop.org/menu-spec/menu-spec-1.0.html#category-registry Freedesktop Menu Spec]
*[http://portland.freedesktop.org/xdg-utils-1.0/xdg-desktop-menu.html Desktop file spec]
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And this is said to be false: "the menu is for newcomers, experienced users use 'Search' field anyway."
And they don't believe that the menu is for newcomers, experienced users use 'Search' field anyway.

Revision as of 17:34, 24 January 2009

Apps Menu Structure Proposal. I'd like to make apps menu more fine-grained by introducing submenus



  • Konqueror
  • Firefox
  • Opera
  • Akregator

File download and sharing

  • aMule
  • KTorrent
  • KGet
  • KFtpGrabber


  • KMail
  • Kopete
  • Konversation
  • Kontact
  • KAddressBook
  • Knode


  • KPPP
  • KRDC
  • KRFB
  • networkmanager
  • <monitoring apps?>


Play and Management

  • amarok
  • <videoplayers>
  • <tag editors>

Creation and editing

  • Kino
  • cinelerra
  • LiVES
  • Open Movie Editor
  • kdenlive
  • Audacity
  • Wink screencasting


View and Management

  • Okular
  • Gwenview
  • Digikam

Creation and editing

  • Krita
  • Kolourpaint
  • Gimp
  • Blender
  • Inkscape

Desktop publishing

  • scribus
  • kile
  • lyx


  • Blinken


  • KHangMan
  • KWordQuiz
  • Parley


  • KmPlot
  • KAlgebra
  • Kig


  • KStars
  • Kalzium
  • KTurtle
  • Step


  • k3b
  • Okular
  • Kwrite

Time management and Work Organization

  • KOrganizer
  • KTimeTracker (remove from menu -- present as plasmoid)
  • Kalarm (remove from menu -- present as plasmoid?)
  • KNotes
  • kontact
  • <Syncing apps>


  • ?


  • <openoffice apps>


  • <koffice apps>

Desktop publishing

  • scribus
  • kile
  • lyx


System Tools

  • dolphin
  • Konsole
  • Strigi search
  • <Accessibility apps>


  • KSysGuard
  • KSystemLog

Disk tools

  • gparted
  • <backup app>
  • k3b


  • systemsettings
  • yast
  • <...>


  • kompare


  • KDevelop
  • KCachegrind
  • <Version control tools?>


  • Quanta





  • if several apps fulfill the same function (i.e. konqueror, opera, firefox), then their title should be in form of %function% - %appname%: "Web-browser - Konqueror", and they should be listed consequently
  • We need special entries in .desktop files determining the priority (Menu-Priority, Menu-Priority-KDE, Menu-Priority-Gnome).
    • Because the order is important
    • apps with Menu-Priotity above 100 constant could be visually separated by the line (they are the main apps in the category)
    • apps with Menu-Priotity below 10 may be hidden at all (i.e. they are rarely used by an average user)
    • If category has only 1 item, the item should be displayed instead of category
    • Statistics is needed for this (simple voting?)
  • 'Utilities' category isn't needed at all. For example, 'root terminal' should be in System.
  • Plasmoids: a lot of small apps need to be turned into plasmoids.
    • charselect should be callable from anywhere but K-Menu
    • kcalc -- the same
    • dictionary applet

I like the way desktop widgets are displayed in Mac OS X (easy accessible any moment - e.g. clock, calendar, calc)

Alternatively, instead of 'Office' we could use 'Desktop Publishing', putting 'Groupware (Kontact)' into 'Internet' +merge 'Graphics' to 'Multimedia':

  • Multimedia
  • k3b
    • Music
      • Play and Manage (amarok, tag editors)
      • Create and edit (Audacity)
    • Video
      • Play
      • Create and edit (kino, etc)
    • Graphics
      • View and Manage (Gwenview, Digikam)
      • Create and edit (Krita, Kolourpaint, Gimp)


Critisism I recieved from kde-devel@ so far:

  • .... submenus are bad. They do not seem very usable to me, especially when the structure is not evident: ...
    • so it's better to look through all 10-20 entries (possibly in in each

category) before finding app that you need?

    • there should be no more then ~5 items in each category
  • This breaks traditional alphabetical order...
    • alphabetical order is of small value when user doesnt know the name of the

app he/she is looking for.

  • Somehow 11 items seems better than 4 submenus
    • but I wrote only few apps, in real life there will be more apps

And they don't believe that the menu is for newcomers, experienced users use 'Search' field anyway.

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