Wyatt Kirby, whose sound applet mock-ups found favourable fandom both here and on Mark Shuttleworth’s blog, has put pixel to, er, palette and come up with a newly revised design.
For those new to the whole ‘Sound Menu Saga’ I’ll be brief: Ubuntu 10.10 has a new sound menu which controls things like thythmbox and system volume. Some people like it & some people like it less so.
Now people are suggesting a bit of a rethink about it.
We’ve seen awesome (including interactive) mock-ups proposing solutions to the issues Mark Shuttleworth raised and by far and away the most popular had been Wyatt’s designs. Step up the redux versions.
|Wyatt’s design redux|
Wyatt told us: “What I consider to be important about this project is the functionality. Till now it’s seemed that we’re trying to fit all the functionality of the main program window into a 200px wide drop-down menu.”
“I’d like to see the option added to pull up the main program window by clicking on the program title, eliminating the need for things like a playlist menu, the current playback time, shuffle/repeat options, etc. Thus leaving the applet to handle volume and little else.”
|Wyatt’s ’condensed’ version|
“This greatly reduces the clutter and weight of the menu, leaving the core functionality – adjusting the volume – intact.”
I’m going to let the stellar work above do the talking for me but feel free to leave your thoughts and (polite) critiques in the comment section below.