Pie shaped menus and digital whiteboards

1 Jul 2007 - 7:05pm
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Oleh Kovalchuke

An example of donut menu (a pie with scooped out center) implemented for
touch screen: digital whiteboard by Intoi:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTsZXzUvcss . The size and location of the
icons in the menu does not change regardless of the menu size.

Pinch zoom and other iPhone/Surface goodies are demonstrated.

Another interesting application of digital drawing board as a prototyping
tool from M.I.T.:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df8wAla57PIs .

Simply cool for illustrating Newtonian mechanics. The animated simulation
looks like it has been inspired by 'The even more incredible machine' with
hand-drawn gadgets.

With this proliferation of touch interfaces (here is another one for high
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjdNPMZJbLs ) I have decided to learn to draw
with a pencil. Thanks to those, who recommended "Drawing on the right side
of the brain" by Betty Edwards. It is, indeed, very insightful,
practical book for beginners.

Oleh Kovalchuke
Interaction Design is the Design of Time

On 6/28/07, Oleh Kovalchuke <tangospring at gmail.com> wrote:
> incidentally, I think, that this should become less of a problem for touch
> screens)?
> Aside from the difficulty of scanning the list of the items arranged in a
> circle, another obvious problem is consistency of slice position/angle/size
> for different menus within application. For instance, I would like to have
> "Copy" and "Paste" slices in exactly the same position regardless of the
> size of the menu. I wonder if the authors had addressed this issue.
> On 6/28/07, Dmitry Nekrasovski <mail.dmitry at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Oleh,
> >
> > FYI, pie menus have been around for at least 20 years, and have been
> > shown to have distinct usability advantages for small and medium sized
> > menus due to greater ease of item selection:
> >
> > http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=57167.57182
> >
> > Dmitry
> >
> >

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