Using Menus The Red model includes a row of horizontal menus on the top portion of the screen. Menus save screen space and are familiar to many users.
Using Menus By categorizing numerous options into a smaller number of easily-understood groups, menus can help the user conceptualize a complex application. Certain Express lends itself to employing menus.
An Express Menu Can be used for standard options (e.g., Open, Save, Print) and application set tings
A Resources Menu Can hold resources shared across all folders (contacts database, suppliers database, etc.) and other useful materials included “out of the box” (e.g., various templates)
A Folder Menu These options set preferences for the selected folder (i.e., the default settings for every event in the folder) and include materials that all events within can use (e.g., survey, custom questions)
An Event Menu Used to navigate to the various components of the selected event (grayed-out and unavailable when an event is not selected)
A Create Menu Used to quickly go to frequently-used “create new…” screens
Drop-down vs Vista Style The Vista toolbar is a horizontal version of the drop-down menu list with categorized icons
Problem with the Vista Toolbar: Applications with numerous navigation choices and user options get visually complicated. Icons need to be created for every option (and remembered by the user).
Problem with the Vista toolbar: Too many icons can confuse the user and distract from the task