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From Pranav Saxena <pranav.sax...@citrix.com>
Subject RE: CloudStack UIX
Date Wed, 06 Jun 2012 19:37:22 GMT
Hi everyone, 

[UI developer here]

I also agree that the tree structure was one of the most  appealing aspects of cloudstack
2.0 . It gives an overview of the architecture straight away without navigating deeply into
the UI , leading to lesser number of clicks as well compared to the current scenario where
the user has to navigate through Infrastructure -> Zones-> then finally to the Compute
and Storage tab. However , adding more and more drop down menus to display whatsoever parameters
like (network/storage/Routers/Services etc) on the main UI would render it more cluttered
 in a way. I mean you got to make a compromise somewhere.

Another brilliant idea which Sonny came up with was that of a quick View for a VM where just
hovering over the instance name could display the parameters/functionalities/tasks associated
with a VM . This would definitely minimize the number of clicks as well where the end user
can perform multiple tasks from the same window, also reducing the extent of unnecessary navigation.(
Attached the image for the same) . Please have a look and give suggestions for the same.

Sonny can elaborate more on the UI-plugin architecture which has been planned as an upcoming
requirement.

Regards,
Pranav


-----Original Message-----
From: Alex Huang [mailto:Alex.Huang@citrix.com] 
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2012 12:51 AM
To: cloudstack-dev@incubator.apache.org
Subject: RE: CloudStack UIX

> 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?

I think a simple collapsible tree view would be very helpful.  It should look like other management
consoles.  Take a look at vcenter or xencenter.

--Alex


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