IU139-222 Welcome Screen

Although I welcome the simplistic look of the new welcome screen (matches OS-X Yosemite) I find the dropdown lists for "Configure" and "Get Help" inappropriate because they expand outside the window when clicked. Looks wrong and really ugly.

Regards,
Peter

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Hi Peter and thank you so much for the feedback.
Talking about dropdown menu, could you please explain your reaction? Is it based on some real UI/UX guideline or it's just a personal opinion?

Btw, http://screencast.com/t/k4EmYNhM3jY http://screencast.com/t/5umjRvlD Anyway, your proposals on how to avoid this will be very welcome.  

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Hi Konstantin,

thanks for providing the screen shots - they reminded me that dropdown menus sticking out of their parent container seem to be common.

I think there is a difference between (temporary) configuration or file dialogs and a welcome screen, even though in this special case the welcome screen serves as a configuration dialog as well. Aside from the aesthetic issue a welcome screen should provide me with quick access to get started with all options clearly visible. Dropdown menus save screen space but they come with the drawback that I have to click to discover what is available. The submenu within the Configure menu (Project Defaults) is fiddly with a trackpad (see screen shot). But you are right, this is my personal opinion - just gut feeling. And I do not really have a suggestion. Maybe something between the old version (big icons with sliders) and the new - like a toolbar with nice small icons. An overlay window with icons for the dropdown menu functions would probably be too much. Difficult to do it right :-)

Regards,
Peter



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