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.

#2 Difficult

by johnlar <>

Friday August 23rd, 2002 7:23 AM

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I don't know about you, but the delay in the text appearing and the way the submenu follows you around makes this very frutrating and difficult to learn. I don't see this catching on with the average person unless it gets a lot of improvement. Anyways my suggestions are of course, make the text menus appear instantly (of couse have a way of turning his off once someone learns it for speed) and don't make the submenu follow people around, I personally like to be able to get out of a context menu by moving my mouse away and clicking, now I have to aim for the center of the circle target to close the submenu. Very difficult.