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RadialContext Pie Menu Beta Available at Optimoz

Thursday August 22nd, 2002

Slashdot has an article about the first implementation of pie menus in Mozilla. Pie menus are circular menus that allow users to select a particular option by dragging in the direction of that item. Although this might sound strange at first, pie menus embrace many of the principles derived from Fitts' Law.

A pie menus add-on for Mozilla is being developed by Optimoz, the same people that brought you mouse gestures (in fact, mouse gestures stem from from pie menus). Recently, the Optimoz team have been working on RadialContext, a pie menu replacement for the standard content area context menus. A beta version of the add-on is now available. Take a look at the cheat sheet and check it out.


#1 Way cool, but some improvment?

by lah

Friday August 23rd, 2002 4:33 AM

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This is graet!

But i think it would be even beter if 'submenus' poped up alredde mousing over the coresponding icon. And if You by moving the mouse back did get back to the main menu. Cold be visualy shown by a hole in the ring in that direction.

To speed usage upp even more, wait a short moment with drawing the main menu. I the user moves the mouse in any deriction imideatly, render the menu with the shose in that derection imedeatly under the mouse, same targetsize - shorter distanse! If the dericten aims for a 'submenu', render that imediatly. Wow, fast access!

Think a build a sitemap this way!!!!

Wonder if thers a cross browser way to put in the normal context menu in my own sitemap???

This was the coolest improwment for a long time!!!

Thanks /Lars