KDE 4.0 mockup review, Part II

KDE 3.5 Beta 1 is released now, and more and more people are now concentraiting on KDE 4.0. There is almost now new code now, the most programmers (as far as I understand them) are still working on porting every existing program from Qt 3.x to Qt 4.x – but there is the collaboration work in the forums, the discussions between the artists, the users and the hackers.
Much of it is done in the “Kollaboration Forum” at kde-artists.org.

So the main aim of the forum is to bring the three mentioned groups of people together to bring together ideas, wishes and necessities for the future of KDE, and discuss with the hackers what is possible and what not.

Very many people are creating mockups to be able to explain what they want, mean or imagine, and I like to walk around there and to have a look at the mockups – i’ve done it already, you can find another “mockup-review” somewhere in the postings of august. It is in german, but that shouldn’t matter because the main thing are the mockups and not my words about them ;-).

So: that what I provide here is not (!) official – these are just ideas (not mine!), some mockups are quick&dirts, and some of them are only liked by the author and no one else. So if you have a look through all these mockups remember that you can’t expect appearing something like this in KDE 4.0 – but if you like them, join the discussions at the forum! The mixture of the different people and the different way of thinking and acting in the KDE-field is very interesting and very exciting – so feel free to join the group there to be part of the team which creates the new KDE πŸ™‚

And now enough about it, here are some mockups I found and judged as interesting enough to collect them here:

The KMenu

The kmenu will get a lot of attention in the new KDE – together with the kicker it seems to be sure that it will ge redesigned. It should never happen again that you get just overcrowded menus. So one idea for easy navigating is this:
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Another way would be to activly search through the menu – this idea is implemented in this mockup:
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A nicer version of it can be seen here.

And it would be nice to have different themes in nice colours for the kmenu – they really should try to implement it:
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One of the first mockups we saw about Plasma was the ability to detach windows when we want them – someone had the idea to integrate this into kmenu, which would look like this:
animated gif


But away from the kmenu itself forward to the kicker, there are some mockups I want to show whcih were in a similar way in the last mockup review – but I like them so much that I want to present another version of them. It is about getting news from the kicker and how the kicker should show activity.
The ability to show current processes together with the possibility to attach and detach windows would very great!
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And it would be almost perfect if we get some nice information back if something is completed – I think its much better than the dialog-based way of working today:
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The whole desktop

If you take allt hese things and fit them into a desktop it would look like this:
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But at this screenshot you cannot only see these improvements, there are several ideas how to arrange and manage windows – without menus, for example.
The Konqueror would like different in file browser mode, too:
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Another full desktop mockup deals with the option to integrate communication in the menu – so you see in the menu which people are online and can send them an e-mail by the menu. And the complete file browser is withou menus and in a simple way redesigned:
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And there is a configuration mockup, too:
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If KDE 4.0 moves in this direction I would be very happy πŸ˜‰


And you know: desktop searching is getting more and more important, and so the konqueror should be able to search through everything, too:
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While talking about searching: we will see a desktop with a full integrated search machine – Tenor will show us everything we are searching for, in the best case everything we really looking for (context sensitive):
an idea for tenor search field

Other things

And what’s left now? Well, for example how you could improve the using of every program of kde just thorugh changing small things. For example you could change the way of saving and get rid of the stupid dialog system:
save in kate

Furthermore it would be nice to improve kcontrol – the old one still works good, but there is much more to do (at least in the design):
save in kate

Last, but not least, there is again a small interactive flash animation – not as much to do as in the last interactive movie, but it is interactive πŸ˜‰
It shows a nice small but good looking improvement of ksnapshot:

interactive Flash animation

As I said at the beginning: these are all (!) just mockups – but if you want some of them to get realized you should join the forums and the e-mail lists – they are openminded for every idea, and they will discuss everything, so do not be afraid of getting in there, even if you are not sure if anyone wants to hear/see/try your ideas – I mean, they are even talking about crashes, and present mockups for crashing apllications:
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And, well, when KDE 4.0 is released I hope I will not have any crashy programs, but when – it will maybe be the best looking crash you ever saw πŸ˜‰

6 thoughts on “KDE 4.0 mockup review, Part II”

  1. Wow! Now we all wamt an app that is actually crashing instead of working πŸ˜€ I’d LOVE to see an app crashing like that! And I also hope KDE 4 be so beautifull as those mockups!

    If that is not going to happen they will at least implement some of these ideas into the KDE Plasma Shell! (or will that ship with KDE 4? – I dunno I am just a newb :P)

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