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Breadcrumbs! Nom nom nom

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(This is the first of two new feature posts for today)

One of the cool things we added late in the development cycle for 3.0 was the breadcrumb bar. We played around with some layout approaches during the 3.0 development cycle, but in the end we found a menu layout and structure that worked out very well. The layout we ended up using had a feature commonly known as a “breadcrumb bar”:The breadcrumb bar lets you jump between different levels leading up to the location you are currently at. This improves navigation, and is at the same time very unobtrusive. The breadcrumb bar is integrated and available all throughout The Bug Genie.

One thing we wanted to do for 3.1 was to improve the functionality of the breadcrumb bar. While the functionality provided in 3.0 was really working out, we really wanted something similar to the breadcrumb bar used on getsatisfaction.com. After a lot of tweaking, we ended up with a breadcrumb bar that now looks like this:VERY IMPRESSIVE! Notice the subtle use of arrow images instead of the quotation marks! Notice, eh … yeah, doesn’t look that much different, does it? Well, luckily, just as beauty is only skin deep, looks isn’t everything.

The completely non-interactive quotation marks used in 3.0 has been replaced with completely interactive dropdown lists in 3.1🙂 Now, try clicking the arrow next to “The Bug Genie 3”, and you get this:

NOW we’re talking! You can see all shortcuts used for moving around the project space are now available in the jumplist. Of course, with this feature integrated in the breadcrumb bar, there wasn’t any reason to stop there!

You can also switch between available projects from the jumplist, with the currently selected project being faded out. The menu appears and behaves as a menu, with selections highlighted as you mouse over them. What more, I hear you say?

As you can see, the new functionality is integrated well into the whole site. We can’t wait to show you 3.1.

Hang tight!

Written by Daniel André

March 24, 2011 at 20:46

Posted in The Bug Genie 3.1

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  1. Looking very good! I love this feature in KDE’s Dolphin and I think it’s a great fit for The Bug Genie.

    Unfortunately this sort of feature really suffers for discoverability but that’s a difficult problem to solve.

    Matt Williams

    March 25, 2011 at 13:44

  2. Yes, I also like that feature in KDE🙂 It’s one of those things where you just sometimes just think “I wonder if … OW! :)”, and figure it out.

    We’ve tried to make it a bit more visible by adding a hover effect when you mouse over the arrows, so if you accidentally mouse over it (likely to happen), it will be obvious that you can click it.

    Suggestions on how to improve the visibility of this feature is much welcome.

    zegenie

    March 25, 2011 at 15:17


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