Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth stated on his blog that Ubuntu 12.04 release cycle will focus on polishing. I believe App Indicators are a good point to start. I really appreciate Ubuntu Application Indicators and I think they are pretty original and well-designed if compared to other projects. In my opinion, however, some of them seem to be confusing and not properly organized. That’s why I started working on some mockup.
Ubuntu Message indicator
That’s my best App Indicators; I use it many times during the day and I appreciate the way it informs me on new events. Efficient and not intrusive. That’s how it looks now:
That’s how I redesigned it:
- I locate the IM Status Indicator in a different position (within the Empathy section)
- If you change your status, the “Chat” icon changes accordingly
- The status menu is disabled when you are offline
- I didn’t remove the UbuntuOne menu waiting for further explanations
Ubuntu Volume indicator
I wonder whether the Volume Control Indicator is the right place for music player notifications. Aren’t multimedia applications such as Totem, VLC and Audacity more suitable to this end? I believe volume applets should only manage sound. It may be valuable to design a new Multimedia Indicator, something like the Gnome-shell multimedia applet. Below you can see how it looks now:
Below, my actions on that:
I think this is the worst Ubuntu indicator. Let’s have a look at it:
And here my solution:
|In this version there are helpful messages, a better organization - separators are used when needed -, it is easy to see which networks you are connected to and how to disconnect from them.|
User Switch indicator
As I have one user on my PC, I don’t have much to deal with it. Anyway there is still something unclear to me about this indicator:
After some attempts, I’ve understood that it indicates when a user is logged in. Below the new, redesigned indicator:
I hope this is the first of several articles dealing with the Ubuntu features I don’t like and on how I will redesign it.
What do you think?