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From Brian Federle <>
Subject Re: CloudStack UIX
Date Wed, 06 Jun 2012 19:18:33 GMT
[UI developer here]

Our primary focus for the UI design for 3.0 was ease of use, since that
was a major problem in the 2.0.x UI. In particular, we didn't want to
overload/overwhelm a new user with a ton of options when they load the UI.

The unfortunate side effect to this is more clicks to get to specific
functionality, such as LB/PF rules. It's a tricky problem since adding too
many shortcuts/dropdowns to the main UI would bring back the design
problems that we had to solve for 3.0.

We've thought of adding more toolbar 'quick links' or possibly keyboard
shortcuts for frequent users to access their commonly-used functionality.
Ideally these could be customizable and stored in user preferences. Any
other ideas?

On 6/6/12 12:09 PM, "Matthew Hartmann" <> wrote:

>Agreed. The current UI design could do with a major revamp, the constant
>clicking is nothing but annoying. Many of my users have commented on how
>annoying the interface is, not to mention the complaints I've received
>about Firewall Rules and Port Forwards not being on the same screen. I
>like the idea of a drop down menu or tree-based menu (like the tree in
>CS 2.2.x).
>Since 4.0.0 will be the first Apache release of CS, I wonder if a new UI
>could be implemented? (hint, hint ... nudge, nudge) ;)
>On 6/6/2012 2:46 PM, Geoff Higginbottom wrote:
>> I agree with John re the number of clicks required to get to things,
>>it's gets very tiring.
>> Geoff
>> On 6 Jun 2012, at 19:44, "John Kinsella"<>  wrote:
>> My US$0.02:
>> The animations look nice - especially when I was new to the product.
>>When actually trying to get things done, though, they just slow me down.
>>In particular, what gets annoying is when I have to click through
>>several animations to get to a page, like getting to a CS host (6
>>clicks) or getting to details on a virtual router (8 clicks). I
>>understand these aren't everyday tasks, but personally I'd prefer a
>>"standard" drop-down navigation that lets me just get to what I want.
>> John
>> On Jun 6, 2012, at 11:14 AM, Sonny Chhen wrote:
>>> Hello All,
>>> I am Sonny Chhen the Sr. Visual Designer on CloudStack. I wanted to
>>>share with you all a few ideas we have in the works on trying to
>>>improve upon the user-interface and user-experience. I would love to
>>>hear your feedback and any other possible ideas on how we can improve
>>>CloudStack. I'll try to answer any questions as well. Please see the
>>>wiki link below and let me know your thoughts.
>>> Sonny H. Chhen
>>> Sr. Visual Designer | Citrix Systems - CloudPlatform
>>> 4988 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA  95054, USA
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